‘Beatles’ Cell Member Designated Foreign Terrorist

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Alexanda Amon Kotey is a wanted man.

On Tuesday the U.S. State Department officially designated Kotey a specially designated global terrorist. Kotey, 33, is a member of the execution cell of the Foreign Terrorist Organization ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or commonly known as ISIS. 

“The consequences of this designation includes a prohibition against U.S. persons from generally engaging in transactions or dealings with Kotey and the freezing of all of Kotey’s property and interests in property in the United States, or which come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons,” reads a State Department press release dated Jan. 10 of this year.

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Dubbed “The Beatles,” Kotey’s execution cell was once led by Mohamed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John. The cell has claimed responsibility for the capture and deaths of more than two dozen hostages, including Western journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and American aid worker Peter Kassig.

Sotloff’s family lives in South Florida and has honored their son’s legacy by endowing journalism scholarships in his name.

Meanwhile, the State Department reports Kotey’s last known whereabouts to be near Ar Raqqah, Syria. Born in London, Kotey claims British, Ghanian and Greek-Cypriot nationalities.

“As a guard for the cell, Kotey likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding. Kotey also acted as an ISIL recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several well known UK nationals to join the terrorist organization,” reads the State Department press release.


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