UPDATED 2:00 PM PST – Thursday, October 10, 2019
President Trump is saying two British ISIS militants tied to beheadings in Syria have been taken into U.S. custody. They have reportedly been transferred to “a secure location controlled by the U.S.” The President made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday, stating the action was undertaken “in case the Kurds or Turkey lose control.”
In case the Kurds or Turkey lose control, the United States has already taken the 2 ISIS militants tied to beheadings in Syria, known as the Beetles, out of that country and into a secure location controlled by the U.S. They are the worst of the worst!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
The terrorists are members of an ISIS splinter group called “The Beatles.” They have been accused of filming while they beheaded several American and British journalists. They are likely to face a death penalty trial now that they are in the U.S.
During a Wednesday press conference, President Trump said the U.S. is moving a number of Islamic State fighters, along with the two already in custody.
“We are taking some of the most dangerous ISIS fighters out,” he said. “We’ve taken them out and we’re putting them in different locations where it’s secure.
The White House confirmed Thursday that a senior Al-Qaeda bomb maker and terrorist coordinator was killed two years ago during a U.S. counter-terrorism operation in Yemen. The terrorist reportedly plotted several attacks from 2009 to 2012 and built an explosive device intended to kill the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. According to the government statement, his death has “significantly handicapped Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”
The White House has assured the public that it will “continue to hunt down terrorists until they no longer pose a threat to our great nation.”