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    Islamic State 'Beatles' charged in US over hostages' deaths

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    Two ex-British alleged Islamic State (IS) suspects have been charged in the US with terrorism offences over the killing of four American hostages.

    Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are accused of belonging to an IS cell dubbed “The Beatles” involved in kidnappings in and .

    The pair are being held in custody and will appear in a US federal court in Virginia later.

    The men, who had been in US custody in Iraq, previously denied the charges.

    US Assistant Attorney General John Demers told a press conference the charges were “the result of many years of hard work in pursuit of justice” for the four Americans who died – James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig.

    Addressing the families of the victims, he said: “Although we cannot bring back your children, we will do all that we can do: obtain justice for them, for you, and for all Americans.”

    He added: “These men will now be brought before a United States court to face justice for the depraved acts alleged against them in the indictment.”

    The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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    Clockwise from top left: Aid workers Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig, and journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley

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