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This image taken from a video released by the Islamic State shows a masked militant holding a knife as he speaks to the camera in a desert region before a brutal beheading. Two fighters who were part of the notorious kidnapping cell dubbed “The Beatles” for their British accents have been captured in Syria, a US defense official confirmed Thursday.

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The American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed "The Beatles" and known for beheading hostages, a U.S. military official said Thursday.

By Associated Press February 9, 2018