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‘British ISIS militants are sadists, they tortured us with Tasers’, reveal Ex-hostages

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British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages. The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.
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    London: British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages.
    The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.

    The four Islamic State militants – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start of the kidnap ordeal, even bragging to prisoners about how much they were making.
    A security source revealed last night that £24 million was paid by at least four European countries for the release of 11 hostages last year.

    British and US hostages were seen as being in a ‘different category,’ he said – so demands for an £80 million ransom on Foley were set deliberately high as a provocation.
    It has also emerged that:

    • Security services believe they are close to identifying the British militants who executed Foley.
    • The East Londoners formed a specialist kidnap gang, operating in Syria for up to two years.
    • They are thought to have possibly been involved in the seizure of several Westerners, including Foley.
    • Their leader was not ‘John’, the left-handed man wielding the knife in the horrific video of Foley’s death, but ‘George’, who goes under the nom-de-guerre of Abu Muhareb (‘Fighter’).
    • One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
    • They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by IS.
    • IS claims it has ‘sleepers’ already in position in the UK and US, ready to strike at any time.

    The sickening beheading of Foley, shown off in a slick and distressing propaganda video, highlighted the shameful role being played by British members of Islamic State.

    Security services in Britain and the US have drawn up a shortlist of suspects. They believe there may have been more than one killer, since two different knives feature in the footage, but have not yet definitively identified those behind the murder. The detailed investigation also uncovered disturbing details of how the world’s wealthiest terror group is being funded by ransom payments, with £8 million paid for the release of four French hostages alone.

    Two years ago, the United States said such payments had become ‘the most significant source of terrorist funding’. Britain and the US refuse to pay ransoms. The disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

    The investigation revealed the existence of four Beatles – not three as has been widely reported – nicknamed John, Paul, George and Ringo by their Western captives.
    The gang’s ringleader was ‘George’, who spent much of his time regurgitating chunks from the Koran and promoting IS’s extremist brand of Islam at public events. The hostages concluded he was not very smart – unlike ‘John’, who used the nom-de-guerre ‘Abu Saleh’ (‘Pious’) and was seen wielding the knife in the video of Foley’s murder. ‘Ringo’ was also frequently seen, unlike ‘Paul’ who appeared in their cells the least. ‘He seems to have been just a guard, not there all the time,’ said one key figure.

    They were also guarded by French-speaking jihadis – at least one of whom was Belgian. According to these accounts, the British gang spoke among themselves in English, struggling with Arabic when asked to translate statements for victims to read on video. This led captives to conclude their tormentors were second-generations Britons; they debated whether the extremists were from Pakistani or Somali backgrounds.

    Some, but not all, of the Westerners were tortured – with the thuggish British fanatics feared more than other militants for their viciousness. ‘They did the worst stuff in the world,’ said one family source. This violence included beatings and the use of Tasers to give electric shocks.
    Hostages said the British militants were removed at one stage for excessive brutality against them. They said the gang seemed to flit between carrying out kidnap operations on Westerners, fighting on the front line and guarding hostages.

    One well-placed source revealed their cars were identified from number plates as being used in ‘multiple’ kidnaps. ‘This appears to be a professional kidnap team,’ he said. ‘There is a good likelihood that some were involved in the kidnapping of many of the Westerners, including Foley.’

    The American freelance journalist was seized in November 2012, when kidnappings were starting to take off in Syria. In the early days of the uprising, journalists were valued for giving voice to rebels seeking democracy.

    Reporters and aid workers began being grabbed from the streets by criminal gangs. Most ended in the hands of rebel militia, especially the increasingly-influential jihadist groups who saw them as valuable financial and propaganda tools.

    There are at least seven Western hostages – three of them American – currently controlled by IS in North-Eastern Syria. Others are being held by a motley variety of rebel militia and criminal gangs, sometimes claiming to be IS to ramp up ransom payments. Seized Westerners said they were frequently moved, often every few weeks, and held together in gloomy basements and cellars. The French hostages confirmed to security sources after their release that they had shared cells.
    Image Courtesy: Youtube
    American Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militant suspected to be of British origin
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    London: British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages.
    The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.

    The four Islamic State militants – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start of the kidnap ordeal, even bragging to prisoners about how much they were making.
    A security source revealed last night that £24 million was paid by at least four European countries for the release of 11 hostages last year.

    British and US hostages were seen as being in a ‘different category,’ he said – so demands for an £80 million ransom on Foley were set deliberately high as a provocation.
    It has also emerged that:

    • Security services believe they are close to identifying the British militants who executed Foley.
    • The East Londoners formed a specialist kidnap gang, operating in Syria for up to two years.
    • They are thought to have possibly been involved in the seizure of several Westerners, including Foley.
    • Their leader was not ‘John’, the left-handed man wielding the knife in the horrific video of Foley’s death, but ‘George’, who goes under the nom-de-guerre of Abu Muhareb (‘Fighter’).
    • One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
    • They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by IS.
    • IS claims it has ‘sleepers’ already in position in the UK and US, ready to strike at any time.

    The sickening beheading of Foley, shown off in a slick and distressing propaganda video, highlighted the shameful role being played by British members of Islamic State.

    Security services in Britain and the US have drawn up a shortlist of suspects. They believe there may have been more than one killer, since two different knives feature in the footage, but have not yet definitively identified those behind the murder. The detailed investigation also uncovered disturbing details of how the world’s wealthiest terror group is being funded by ransom payments, with £8 million paid for the release of four French hostages alone.

    Two years ago, the United States said such payments had become ‘the most significant source of terrorist funding’. Britain and the US refuse to pay ransoms. The disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

    The investigation revealed the existence of four Beatles – not three as has been widely reported – nicknamed John, Paul, George and Ringo by their Western captives.
    The gang’s ringleader was ‘George’, who spent much of his time regurgitating chunks from the Koran and promoting IS’s extremist brand of Islam at public events. The hostages concluded he was not very smart – unlike ‘John’, who used the nom-de-guerre ‘Abu Saleh’ (‘Pious’) and was seen wielding the knife in the video of Foley’s murder. ‘Ringo’ was also frequently seen, unlike ‘Paul’ who appeared in their cells the least. ‘He seems to have been just a guard, not there all the time,’ said one key figure.

    They were also guarded by French-speaking jihadis – at least one of whom was Belgian. According to these accounts, the British gang spoke among themselves in English, struggling with Arabic when asked to translate statements for victims to read on video. This led captives to conclude their tormentors were second-generations Britons; they debated whether the extremists were from Pakistani or Somali backgrounds.

    Some, but not all, of the Westerners were tortured – with the thuggish British fanatics feared more than other militants for their viciousness. ‘They did the worst stuff in the world,’ said one family source. This violence included beatings and the use of Tasers to give electric shocks.
    Hostages said the British militants were removed at one stage for excessive brutality against them. They said the gang seemed to flit between carrying out kidnap operations on Westerners, fighting on the front line and guarding hostages.

    One well-placed source revealed their cars were identified from number plates as being used in ‘multiple’ kidnaps. ‘This appears to be a professional kidnap team,’ he said. ‘There is a good likelihood that some were involved in the kidnapping of many of the Westerners, including Foley.’

    The American freelance journalist was seized in November 2012, when kidnappings were starting to take off in Syria. In the early days of the uprising, journalists were valued for giving voice to rebels seeking democracy.

    Reporters and aid workers began being grabbed from the streets by criminal gangs. Most ended in the hands of rebel militia, especially the increasingly-influential jihadist groups who saw them as valuable financial and propaganda tools.

    There are at least seven Western hostages – three of them American – currently controlled by IS in North-Eastern Syria. Others are being held by a motley variety of rebel militia and criminal gangs, sometimes claiming to be IS to ramp up ransom payments. Seized Westerners said they were frequently moved, often every few weeks, and held together in gloomy basements and cellars. The French hostages confirmed to security sources after their release that they had shared cells.
    Image Courtesy: Youtube
    American Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militant suspected to be of British origin
  • +7 See more slides
    London: British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages.
    The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.

    The four Islamic State militants – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start of the kidnap ordeal, even bragging to prisoners about how much they were making.
    A security source revealed last night that £24 million was paid by at least four European countries for the release of 11 hostages last year.

    British and US hostages were seen as being in a ‘different category,’ he said – so demands for an £80 million ransom on Foley were set deliberately high as a provocation.
    It has also emerged that:

    • Security services believe they are close to identifying the British militants who executed Foley.
    • The East Londoners formed a specialist kidnap gang, operating in Syria for up to two years.
    • They are thought to have possibly been involved in the seizure of several Westerners, including Foley.
    • Their leader was not ‘John’, the left-handed man wielding the knife in the horrific video of Foley’s death, but ‘George’, who goes under the nom-de-guerre of Abu Muhareb (‘Fighter’).
    • One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
    • They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by IS.
    • IS claims it has ‘sleepers’ already in position in the UK and US, ready to strike at any time.

    The sickening beheading of Foley, shown off in a slick and distressing propaganda video, highlighted the shameful role being played by British members of Islamic State.

    Security services in Britain and the US have drawn up a shortlist of suspects. They believe there may have been more than one killer, since two different knives feature in the footage, but have not yet definitively identified those behind the murder. The detailed investigation also uncovered disturbing details of how the world’s wealthiest terror group is being funded by ransom payments, with £8 million paid for the release of four French hostages alone.

    Two years ago, the United States said such payments had become ‘the most significant source of terrorist funding’. Britain and the US refuse to pay ransoms. The disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

    The investigation revealed the existence of four Beatles – not three as has been widely reported – nicknamed John, Paul, George and Ringo by their Western captives.
    The gang’s ringleader was ‘George’, who spent much of his time regurgitating chunks from the Koran and promoting IS’s extremist brand of Islam at public events. The hostages concluded he was not very smart – unlike ‘John’, who used the nom-de-guerre ‘Abu Saleh’ (‘Pious’) and was seen wielding the knife in the video of Foley’s murder. ‘Ringo’ was also frequently seen, unlike ‘Paul’ who appeared in their cells the least. ‘He seems to have been just a guard, not there all the time,’ said one key figure.

    They were also guarded by French-speaking jihadis – at least one of whom was Belgian. According to these accounts, the British gang spoke among themselves in English, struggling with Arabic when asked to translate statements for victims to read on video. This led captives to conclude their tormentors were second-generations Britons; they debated whether the extremists were from Pakistani or Somali backgrounds.

    Some, but not all, of the Westerners were tortured – with the thuggish British fanatics feared more than other militants for their viciousness. ‘They did the worst stuff in the world,’ said one family source. This violence included beatings and the use of Tasers to give electric shocks.
    Hostages said the British militants were removed at one stage for excessive brutality against them. They said the gang seemed to flit between carrying out kidnap operations on Westerners, fighting on the front line and guarding hostages.

    One well-placed source revealed their cars were identified from number plates as being used in ‘multiple’ kidnaps. ‘This appears to be a professional kidnap team,’ he said. ‘There is a good likelihood that some were involved in the kidnapping of many of the Westerners, including Foley.’

    The American freelance journalist was seized in November 2012, when kidnappings were starting to take off in Syria. In the early days of the uprising, journalists were valued for giving voice to rebels seeking democracy.

    Reporters and aid workers began being grabbed from the streets by criminal gangs. Most ended in the hands of rebel militia, especially the increasingly-influential jihadist groups who saw them as valuable financial and propaganda tools.

    There are at least seven Western hostages – three of them American – currently controlled by IS in North-Eastern Syria. Others are being held by a motley variety of rebel militia and criminal gangs, sometimes claiming to be IS to ramp up ransom payments. Seized Westerners said they were frequently moved, often every few weeks, and held together in gloomy basements and cellars. The French hostages confirmed to security sources after their release that they had shared cells.
    Image Courtesy: Youtube
    American Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militant suspected to be of British origin
  • +7 See more slides
    London: British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages.
    The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.

    The four Islamic State militants – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start of the kidnap ordeal, even bragging to prisoners about how much they were making.
    A security source revealed last night that £24 million was paid by at least four European countries for the release of 11 hostages last year.

    British and US hostages were seen as being in a ‘different category,’ he said – so demands for an £80 million ransom on Foley were set deliberately high as a provocation.
    It has also emerged that:

    • Security services believe they are close to identifying the British militants who executed Foley.
    • The East Londoners formed a specialist kidnap gang, operating in Syria for up to two years.
    • They are thought to have possibly been involved in the seizure of several Westerners, including Foley.
    • Their leader was not ‘John’, the left-handed man wielding the knife in the horrific video of Foley’s death, but ‘George’, who goes under the nom-de-guerre of Abu Muhareb (‘Fighter’).
    • One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
    • They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by IS.
    • IS claims it has ‘sleepers’ already in position in the UK and US, ready to strike at any time.

    The sickening beheading of Foley, shown off in a slick and distressing propaganda video, highlighted the shameful role being played by British members of Islamic State.

    Security services in Britain and the US have drawn up a shortlist of suspects. They believe there may have been more than one killer, since two different knives feature in the footage, but have not yet definitively identified those behind the murder. The detailed investigation also uncovered disturbing details of how the world’s wealthiest terror group is being funded by ransom payments, with £8 million paid for the release of four French hostages alone.

    Two years ago, the United States said such payments had become ‘the most significant source of terrorist funding’. Britain and the US refuse to pay ransoms. The disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

    The investigation revealed the existence of four Beatles – not three as has been widely reported – nicknamed John, Paul, George and Ringo by their Western captives.
    The gang’s ringleader was ‘George’, who spent much of his time regurgitating chunks from the Koran and promoting IS’s extremist brand of Islam at public events. The hostages concluded he was not very smart – unlike ‘John’, who used the nom-de-guerre ‘Abu Saleh’ (‘Pious’) and was seen wielding the knife in the video of Foley’s murder. ‘Ringo’ was also frequently seen, unlike ‘Paul’ who appeared in their cells the least. ‘He seems to have been just a guard, not there all the time,’ said one key figure.

    They were also guarded by French-speaking jihadis – at least one of whom was Belgian. According to these accounts, the British gang spoke among themselves in English, struggling with Arabic when asked to translate statements for victims to read on video. This led captives to conclude their tormentors were second-generations Britons; they debated whether the extremists were from Pakistani or Somali backgrounds.

    Some, but not all, of the Westerners were tortured – with the thuggish British fanatics feared more than other militants for their viciousness. ‘They did the worst stuff in the world,’ said one family source. This violence included beatings and the use of Tasers to give electric shocks.
    Hostages said the British militants were removed at one stage for excessive brutality against them. They said the gang seemed to flit between carrying out kidnap operations on Westerners, fighting on the front line and guarding hostages.

    One well-placed source revealed their cars were identified from number plates as being used in ‘multiple’ kidnaps. ‘This appears to be a professional kidnap team,’ he said. ‘There is a good likelihood that some were involved in the kidnapping of many of the Westerners, including Foley.’

    The American freelance journalist was seized in November 2012, when kidnappings were starting to take off in Syria. In the early days of the uprising, journalists were valued for giving voice to rebels seeking democracy.

    Reporters and aid workers began being grabbed from the streets by criminal gangs. Most ended in the hands of rebel militia, especially the increasingly-influential jihadist groups who saw them as valuable financial and propaganda tools.

    There are at least seven Western hostages – three of them American – currently controlled by IS in North-Eastern Syria. Others are being held by a motley variety of rebel militia and criminal gangs, sometimes claiming to be IS to ramp up ransom payments. Seized Westerners said they were frequently moved, often every few weeks, and held together in gloomy basements and cellars. The French hostages confirmed to security sources after their release that they had shared cells.
    Image Courtesy: Youtube
    American Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militant suspected to be of British origin
  • +7 See more slides
    London: British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages.
    The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.

    The four Islamic State militants – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start of the kidnap ordeal, even bragging to prisoners about how much they were making.
    A security source revealed last night that £24 million was paid by at least four European countries for the release of 11 hostages last year.

    British and US hostages were seen as being in a ‘different category,’ he said – so demands for an £80 million ransom on Foley were set deliberately high as a provocation.
    It has also emerged that:

    • Security services believe they are close to identifying the British militants who executed Foley.
    • The East Londoners formed a specialist kidnap gang, operating in Syria for up to two years.
    • They are thought to have possibly been involved in the seizure of several Westerners, including Foley.
    • Their leader was not ‘John’, the left-handed man wielding the knife in the horrific video of Foley’s death, but ‘George’, who goes under the nom-de-guerre of Abu Muhareb (‘Fighter’).
    • One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
    • They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by IS.
    • IS claims it has ‘sleepers’ already in position in the UK and US, ready to strike at any time.

    The sickening beheading of Foley, shown off in a slick and distressing propaganda video, highlighted the shameful role being played by British members of Islamic State.

    Security services in Britain and the US have drawn up a shortlist of suspects. They believe there may have been more than one killer, since two different knives feature in the footage, but have not yet definitively identified those behind the murder. The detailed investigation also uncovered disturbing details of how the world’s wealthiest terror group is being funded by ransom payments, with £8 million paid for the release of four French hostages alone.

    Two years ago, the United States said such payments had become ‘the most significant source of terrorist funding’. Britain and the US refuse to pay ransoms. The disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

    The investigation revealed the existence of four Beatles – not three as has been widely reported – nicknamed John, Paul, George and Ringo by their Western captives.
    The gang’s ringleader was ‘George’, who spent much of his time regurgitating chunks from the Koran and promoting IS’s extremist brand of Islam at public events. The hostages concluded he was not very smart – unlike ‘John’, who used the nom-de-guerre ‘Abu Saleh’ (‘Pious’) and was seen wielding the knife in the video of Foley’s murder. ‘Ringo’ was also frequently seen, unlike ‘Paul’ who appeared in their cells the least. ‘He seems to have been just a guard, not there all the time,’ said one key figure.

    They were also guarded by French-speaking jihadis – at least one of whom was Belgian. According to these accounts, the British gang spoke among themselves in English, struggling with Arabic when asked to translate statements for victims to read on video. This led captives to conclude their tormentors were second-generations Britons; they debated whether the extremists were from Pakistani or Somali backgrounds.

    Some, but not all, of the Westerners were tortured – with the thuggish British fanatics feared more than other militants for their viciousness. ‘They did the worst stuff in the world,’ said one family source. This violence included beatings and the use of Tasers to give electric shocks.
    Hostages said the British militants were removed at one stage for excessive brutality against them. They said the gang seemed to flit between carrying out kidnap operations on Westerners, fighting on the front line and guarding hostages.

    One well-placed source revealed their cars were identified from number plates as being used in ‘multiple’ kidnaps. ‘This appears to be a professional kidnap team,’ he said. ‘There is a good likelihood that some were involved in the kidnapping of many of the Westerners, including Foley.’

    The American freelance journalist was seized in November 2012, when kidnappings were starting to take off in Syria. In the early days of the uprising, journalists were valued for giving voice to rebels seeking democracy.

    Reporters and aid workers began being grabbed from the streets by criminal gangs. Most ended in the hands of rebel militia, especially the increasingly-influential jihadist groups who saw them as valuable financial and propaganda tools.

    There are at least seven Western hostages – three of them American – currently controlled by IS in North-Eastern Syria. Others are being held by a motley variety of rebel militia and criminal gangs, sometimes claiming to be IS to ramp up ransom payments. Seized Westerners said they were frequently moved, often every few weeks, and held together in gloomy basements and cellars. The French hostages confirmed to security sources after their release that they had shared cells.
    Image Courtesy: Youtube
    American Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militant suspected to be of British origin
  • +7 See more slides
    London: British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages.
    The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.

    The four Islamic State militants – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start of the kidnap ordeal, even bragging to prisoners about how much they were making.
    A security source revealed last night that £24 million was paid by at least four European countries for the release of 11 hostages last year.

    British and US hostages were seen as being in a ‘different category,’ he said – so demands for an £80 million ransom on Foley were set deliberately high as a provocation.
    It has also emerged that:

    • Security services believe they are close to identifying the British militants who executed Foley.
    • The East Londoners formed a specialist kidnap gang, operating in Syria for up to two years.
    • They are thought to have possibly been involved in the seizure of several Westerners, including Foley.
    • Their leader was not ‘John’, the left-handed man wielding the knife in the horrific video of Foley’s death, but ‘George’, who goes under the nom-de-guerre of Abu Muhareb (‘Fighter’).
    • One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
    • They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by IS.
    • IS claims it has ‘sleepers’ already in position in the UK and US, ready to strike at any time.

    The sickening beheading of Foley, shown off in a slick and distressing propaganda video, highlighted the shameful role being played by British members of Islamic State.

    Security services in Britain and the US have drawn up a shortlist of suspects. They believe there may have been more than one killer, since two different knives feature in the footage, but have not yet definitively identified those behind the murder. The detailed investigation also uncovered disturbing details of how the world’s wealthiest terror group is being funded by ransom payments, with £8 million paid for the release of four French hostages alone.

    Two years ago, the United States said such payments had become ‘the most significant source of terrorist funding’. Britain and the US refuse to pay ransoms. The disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

    The investigation revealed the existence of four Beatles – not three as has been widely reported – nicknamed John, Paul, George and Ringo by their Western captives.
    The gang’s ringleader was ‘George’, who spent much of his time regurgitating chunks from the Koran and promoting IS’s extremist brand of Islam at public events. The hostages concluded he was not very smart – unlike ‘John’, who used the nom-de-guerre ‘Abu Saleh’ (‘Pious’) and was seen wielding the knife in the video of Foley’s murder. ‘Ringo’ was also frequently seen, unlike ‘Paul’ who appeared in their cells the least. ‘He seems to have been just a guard, not there all the time,’ said one key figure.

    They were also guarded by French-speaking jihadis – at least one of whom was Belgian. According to these accounts, the British gang spoke among themselves in English, struggling with Arabic when asked to translate statements for victims to read on video. This led captives to conclude their tormentors were second-generations Britons; they debated whether the extremists were from Pakistani or Somali backgrounds.

    Some, but not all, of the Westerners were tortured – with the thuggish British fanatics feared more than other militants for their viciousness. ‘They did the worst stuff in the world,’ said one family source. This violence included beatings and the use of Tasers to give electric shocks.
    Hostages said the British militants were removed at one stage for excessive brutality against them. They said the gang seemed to flit between carrying out kidnap operations on Westerners, fighting on the front line and guarding hostages.

    One well-placed source revealed their cars were identified from number plates as being used in ‘multiple’ kidnaps. ‘This appears to be a professional kidnap team,’ he said. ‘There is a good likelihood that some were involved in the kidnapping of many of the Westerners, including Foley.’

    The American freelance journalist was seized in November 2012, when kidnappings were starting to take off in Syria. In the early days of the uprising, journalists were valued for giving voice to rebels seeking democracy.

    Reporters and aid workers began being grabbed from the streets by criminal gangs. Most ended in the hands of rebel militia, especially the increasingly-influential jihadist groups who saw them as valuable financial and propaganda tools.

    There are at least seven Western hostages – three of them American – currently controlled by IS in North-Eastern Syria. Others are being held by a motley variety of rebel militia and criminal gangs, sometimes claiming to be IS to ramp up ransom payments. Seized Westerners said they were frequently moved, often every few weeks, and held together in gloomy basements and cellars. The French hostages confirmed to security sources after their release that they had shared cells.
    Image Courtesy: Youtube
    American Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militant suspected to be of British origin
  • +7 See more slides
    London: British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages.
    The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.

    The four Islamic State militants – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start of the kidnap ordeal, even bragging to prisoners about how much they were making.
    A security source revealed last night that £24 million was paid by at least four European countries for the release of 11 hostages last year.

    British and US hostages were seen as being in a ‘different category,’ he said – so demands for an £80 million ransom on Foley were set deliberately high as a provocation.
    It has also emerged that:

    • Security services believe they are close to identifying the British militants who executed Foley.
    • The East Londoners formed a specialist kidnap gang, operating in Syria for up to two years.
    • They are thought to have possibly been involved in the seizure of several Westerners, including Foley.
    • Their leader was not ‘John’, the left-handed man wielding the knife in the horrific video of Foley’s death, but ‘George’, who goes under the nom-de-guerre of Abu Muhareb (‘Fighter’).
    • One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
    • They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by IS.
    • IS claims it has ‘sleepers’ already in position in the UK and US, ready to strike at any time.

    The sickening beheading of Foley, shown off in a slick and distressing propaganda video, highlighted the shameful role being played by British members of Islamic State.

    Security services in Britain and the US have drawn up a shortlist of suspects. They believe there may have been more than one killer, since two different knives feature in the footage, but have not yet definitively identified those behind the murder. The detailed investigation also uncovered disturbing details of how the world’s wealthiest terror group is being funded by ransom payments, with £8 million paid for the release of four French hostages alone.

    Two years ago, the United States said such payments had become ‘the most significant source of terrorist funding’. Britain and the US refuse to pay ransoms. The disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

    The investigation revealed the existence of four Beatles – not three as has been widely reported – nicknamed John, Paul, George and Ringo by their Western captives.
    The gang’s ringleader was ‘George’, who spent much of his time regurgitating chunks from the Koran and promoting IS’s extremist brand of Islam at public events. The hostages concluded he was not very smart – unlike ‘John’, who used the nom-de-guerre ‘Abu Saleh’ (‘Pious’) and was seen wielding the knife in the video of Foley’s murder. ‘Ringo’ was also frequently seen, unlike ‘Paul’ who appeared in their cells the least. ‘He seems to have been just a guard, not there all the time,’ said one key figure.

    They were also guarded by French-speaking jihadis – at least one of whom was Belgian. According to these accounts, the British gang spoke among themselves in English, struggling with Arabic when asked to translate statements for victims to read on video. This led captives to conclude their tormentors were second-generations Britons; they debated whether the extremists were from Pakistani or Somali backgrounds.

    Some, but not all, of the Westerners were tortured – with the thuggish British fanatics feared more than other militants for their viciousness. ‘They did the worst stuff in the world,’ said one family source. This violence included beatings and the use of Tasers to give electric shocks.
    Hostages said the British militants were removed at one stage for excessive brutality against them. They said the gang seemed to flit between carrying out kidnap operations on Westerners, fighting on the front line and guarding hostages.

    One well-placed source revealed their cars were identified from number plates as being used in ‘multiple’ kidnaps. ‘This appears to be a professional kidnap team,’ he said. ‘There is a good likelihood that some were involved in the kidnapping of many of the Westerners, including Foley.’

    The American freelance journalist was seized in November 2012, when kidnappings were starting to take off in Syria. In the early days of the uprising, journalists were valued for giving voice to rebels seeking democracy.

    Reporters and aid workers began being grabbed from the streets by criminal gangs. Most ended in the hands of rebel militia, especially the increasingly-influential jihadist groups who saw them as valuable financial and propaganda tools.

    There are at least seven Western hostages – three of them American – currently controlled by IS in North-Eastern Syria. Others are being held by a motley variety of rebel militia and criminal gangs, sometimes claiming to be IS to ramp up ransom payments. Seized Westerners said they were frequently moved, often every few weeks, and held together in gloomy basements and cellars. The French hostages confirmed to security sources after their release that they had shared cells.
    Image Courtesy: Youtube
    American Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militant suspected to be of British origin
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    London: British jihadis involved in the brutal beheading of American reporter James Foley callously boasted of making personal fortunes from ransoms paid for other released hostages.
    The gang openly talked of making so much money they could ‘retire to Kuwait or Qatar’, according to testimonies by former hostages obtained by Daily Mail.

    The four Islamic State militants – nicknamed The Beatles by their Western captives – were reported to be ‘interested in money’ from the start of the kidnap ordeal, even bragging to prisoners about how much they were making.
    A security source revealed last night that £24 million was paid by at least four European countries for the release of 11 hostages last year.

    British and US hostages were seen as being in a ‘different category,’ he said – so demands for an £80 million ransom on Foley were set deliberately high as a provocation.
    It has also emerged that:

    • Security services believe they are close to identifying the British militants who executed Foley.
    • The East Londoners formed a specialist kidnap gang, operating in Syria for up to two years.
    • They are thought to have possibly been involved in the seizure of several Westerners, including Foley.
    • Their leader was not ‘John’, the left-handed man wielding the knife in the horrific video of Foley’s death, but ‘George’, who goes under the nom-de-guerre of Abu Muhareb (‘Fighter’).
    • One former hostage described them as ‘sadistic psychopaths’, regularly handing out brutal ‘punishments’ that included the use of Tasers on hands and bodies.
    • They were so vicious that at one stage they were stopped from guarding hostages by IS.
    • IS claims it has ‘sleepers’ already in position in the UK and US, ready to strike at any time.

    The sickening beheading of Foley, shown off in a slick and distressing propaganda video, highlighted the shameful role being played by British members of Islamic State.

    Security services in Britain and the US have drawn up a shortlist of suspects. They believe there may have been more than one killer, since two different knives feature in the footage, but have not yet definitively identified those behind the murder. The detailed investigation also uncovered disturbing details of how the world’s wealthiest terror group is being funded by ransom payments, with £8 million paid for the release of four French hostages alone.

    Two years ago, the United States said such payments had become ‘the most significant source of terrorist funding’. Britain and the US refuse to pay ransoms. The disclosure that British militants talked among themselves and with their captives about ‘retiring’ with the money they were making demolishes any idea they are motivated purely by religious fervour.

    The investigation revealed the existence of four Beatles – not three as has been widely reported – nicknamed John, Paul, George and Ringo by their Western captives.
    The gang’s ringleader was ‘George’, who spent much of his time regurgitating chunks from the Koran and promoting IS’s extremist brand of Islam at public events. The hostages concluded he was not very smart – unlike ‘John’, who used the nom-de-guerre ‘Abu Saleh’ (‘Pious’) and was seen wielding the knife in the video of Foley’s murder. ‘Ringo’ was also frequently seen, unlike ‘Paul’ who appeared in their cells the least. ‘He seems to have been just a guard, not there all the time,’ said one key figure.

    They were also guarded by French-speaking jihadis – at least one of whom was Belgian. According to these accounts, the British gang spoke among themselves in English, struggling with Arabic when asked to translate statements for victims to read on video. This led captives to conclude their tormentors were second-generations Britons; they debated whether the extremists were from Pakistani or Somali backgrounds.

    Some, but not all, of the Westerners were tortured – with the thuggish British fanatics feared more than other militants for their viciousness. ‘They did the worst stuff in the world,’ said one family source. This violence included beatings and the use of Tasers to give electric shocks.
    Hostages said the British militants were removed at one stage for excessive brutality against them. They said the gang seemed to flit between carrying out kidnap operations on Westerners, fighting on the front line and guarding hostages.

    One well-placed source revealed their cars were identified from number plates as being used in ‘multiple’ kidnaps. ‘This appears to be a professional kidnap team,’ he said. ‘There is a good likelihood that some were involved in the kidnapping of many of the Westerners, including Foley.’

    The American freelance journalist was seized in November 2012, when kidnappings were starting to take off in Syria. In the early days of the uprising, journalists were valued for giving voice to rebels seeking democracy.

    Reporters and aid workers began being grabbed from the streets by criminal gangs. Most ended in the hands of rebel militia, especially the increasingly-influential jihadist groups who saw them as valuable financial and propaganda tools.

    There are at least seven Western hostages – three of them American – currently controlled by IS in North-Eastern Syria. Others are being held by a motley variety of rebel militia and criminal gangs, sometimes claiming to be IS to ramp up ransom payments. Seized Westerners said they were frequently moved, often every few weeks, and held together in gloomy basements and cellars. The French hostages confirmed to security sources after their release that they had shared cells.
    Image Courtesy: Youtube
    American Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS militant suspected to be of British origin

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