The Beatles (terrorists)

The Beatles, dubbed as such by their hostages because of their English accents, are an active Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group. Its members were nicknamed John, Paul, George, and Ringo by the hostages, after the four members of the British pop group the Beatles.

They are responsible for beheadings in Iraq and Syria, most notably as shown in the beheading videos of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, in 2014. The group have also kidnapped hostages, and guarded more than 20 Western hostages of ISIL in Western Raqqa, Syria. They are harsher than other of ISIL's guards, using electric shock Taser guns, mock executions (including a crucifixion), and waterboarding.

United Kingdom and United States anti-terror experts have ascertained the identities of three of the four Beatles, and the countries' intelligence and security agencies are tracking down the group.


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