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1/ EXCLUSIVE: I had first TV interview with notorious ISIS member from UK, part of group dubbed "The Beatles".

Accused of beheading reporters, he was caught by Kurds.

I met him face to face. He got angry at me. Interview in English for @akhbar.


2/ I just tweeted 1st part of my exclusive TV interview with El Shafee Elsheikh, ISIS member from UK. He's suspected member of notorious ISIS group "The Beatles".

Find below final part of interview for @akhbar. Nope, he didn't like my set of questions.

3/ By now you all had time to watch my full interview with captured "ISIS-Beatle" El Shafee Elsheikh.

In a series of tweets I'll now highlight what I think is significant in what he said.

Also some observations from the interview which btw took place in Kobani, Syria.

4/ "ISIS-Beatle" El Shafee Elsheikh tells me treatment by Kurds in jail is "fine, not bad. You eat, sleep, you wait to be interrogated."

He refused to tell me how/where he got captured. But Kurds told me: He was arrested near Deir Ezzor &planned to move to Idlib.

5/ Notorious UK #ISIS-Beatle El Shafee Elsheikh also tells me he was interrogated by "American gov and SDF-officials (Kurds)." But claims "there was NO British involvement".

Says: "First department of Defence; they were Okay. Then the FBI - the least respectable of the bunch."
6/ UK ISIS-Beatle admitted to me he was ISIS member. Refused to talk about what he did.

Kept saying: "When they get along with legal process we can talk about accusations against me."

In other words: Get me out of Syria &I'll give in UK some (selective) info on my time in ISIS.
7/ When I asked captured UK #ISIS Beatle El Shafee ElSheikh which things in ISIS he didn't agree to, he mentioned he was against "traffic tickets".

Moments later, he says he supports slavery.

Well, except for ISIS supporters, the hypocrisy can't be lost on anyone...

8/ #ISIS-Beatles r accused of beheading journalists but I wasnt scared meeting him.

I admit I was worried. Esp since I sat only 50cm from him. I was worried he could ram razor blade e.g. in my eye or neck.

I asked guards if they searched him. They said: Yes dont worry.

9/ I will explain more on my interview with captured UK #ISIS-Beatle El Shafee Elsheikh a bit later. I've got much more to tell you.

But I have a meeting now. Will be back for some updates later today. Thanks for attention and stay tuned.

10/ I am back online. Although there are big developments going on regarding Douma in Syria, allow me to continue my thread about the tough interview I had with ISIS member of "The Beatles" ElShafee ElSheikh.

11/ Notorious #ISIS-fighter El Shafee Elsheikh told me in interview he was in Raqqa when he read reports that UK media dubbed him and 3 other ISIS-men "The Beatles".

Said to me: "I think John Lennon wouldn't have liked it much."

From 1 min 55 sec:

12/ As I sat next to ISIS-Beatle member, couple of things struck me:

a/ He never looked me in the eye. It was like I wasn't there.

b/ He's a very angry man. Hate for West. Told me he wants to live in Sudan.

c/ On the other hand, he prefers to be tried in UK.

d/ No remorse.
13/ Also interesting: After UK #ISIS-member El Shafee Elsheikh became angry at me &cut the interview, we still talked off camera for about 15 minutes mainly in Arabic.

He told me that if time goes back to 2012, "I would do it all over again".

Really this guy has no remorse.
14/ As I've noticed before with ISIS members, most are self centered. Only feel self pity, no feelings for victims.

Same with ISIS Beatles member. Guy goes on about how he wants fair trial. I asked him if he thought his victims received fair trial? No answer of course.

15/ I also wanted to know what happened to U.S. journalist James Foley, U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, UK reporter John Cantlie, Lebanese cameraman Samir Kassab, Mauritanian reporter Ishaq Mukhtar etc. All dead/disappeared.

But El Shafee ElSheikh shut me out, refused to answer.
16/ I also asked UK member of ISIS Beatles why he left UK, how he went to Syria.

Told me: "Every environment has corruption but nothing beats the West. I didn't contact no imam, i didnt contact anybody. I just knew some people who were already there. Arranged with them &I came".
17/ I have to stop tweeting now. It's getting late here. I am a bit exhausted &I have a long day ahead. Stay tuned for more insights tomorrow.

Thank you all for massively watching my tv interview with ISIS Beatle member & I appreciate all ur feedback.
18/ Hello all. On Sunday I already extensively tweeted some details on the interview I did in Syria with captured UK #ISIS "Beatles" member El Shafee ElSheikh.

Today, Monday, I will just add some final information and observations to this thread to wrap it up.

19/ Off camera I asked captured UK #ISIS "Beatles" Al Shafee ElSheikh about his family in UK. (His mother denounced him).

I asked if he wanted 2say something to his mother? He said: No.

Kurdish investigator offered ElSheikh possibility to write letter to mother. He refused.
20/ When I told captured UK #ISIS "Beatles" ElSheikh after interview that I might visit his mother in London for an interview, he even became more hostile and said: "May God block your way."

21/ Interestingly, captured UK #ISIS "Beatles" ElSheikh told me he believes his UK citizenship hasn't been revoked (as was mentioned in British media).

ElSheikh told me that the people who told him he lost his UK citizenship "aren't reliable".

22/ This confirms that UK #ISIS "Beatles" Al Shafee ElSheikh who was captured in Syria has indeed lost his UK citizenship.

(Thank you @rajanbasra for link). 👇
23/ With 100s of foreign ISIS-members in Kurdish jails in Syria, Kurds told me they r getting desperate.

Many Western countries refuse ISIS fighters back, but prisoners need jails, food etc. "ISIS came from Europe to kill us, now we have to feed our killers from our own pocket"
24/ After the end of the interview which took place in an office in Kobani (N-Syria) Kurdish guards - who were present throughout interview - took member of ISIS-Beatles, ElShafee ElSheikh, back to his jail. I don't know where that jail is.
25/ Last tweet in this thread. I just want to thank @HaraldDoornbos who was with me in that room during the interview with ElShafee ElSheikh. Thanks for all the support you have given me to conduct this tough interview.
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