Another member of the cell — Mohammed Emwazi, higher often called Jihadi John — was killed in an airstrike in 2015 in Syria. Mr. Emwazi was believed to have killed Mr. Foley and Mr. Sotloff, each Americans, in addition to Peter Kassig, an support employee.
A fourth man, Aine Davis, is imprisoned in Turkey on terrorism fees. The extradition of Mr. Davis to the United States appears unlikely because the American-Turkish relationship deteriorates.
The households of Mr. Foley and Mr. Sotloff in addition to these of Kayla Mueller and Peter Kassig, two Americans who have been additionally killed in Syria, stated they welcomed the information the 2 males have been being delivered to the United States to be prosecuted.
“James, Peter, Kayla and Steven were kidnapped, tortured, beaten, starved, and murdered by members of the Islamic State in Syria,” the households stated in an announcement. “Now our families can pursue accountability for these crimes against our children in a U.S. court.”
The households added they have been notably grateful to Mr. Barr for his determination to waive the demise penalty towards the 2 males and thanked Ali Soufan, a former F.B.I. agent who quietly helped them.
Any trial would most certainly contain former hostages, particularly from Italy, France, Spain and Denmark, probably testifying and recounting the horrors they skilled whereas imprisoned by the Islamic State in Syria.
The two males helped supervise detention amenities the place hostages have been held, coordinated ransom negotiations for his or her launch and engaged in a protracted sample of bodily and psychological violence towards their prisoners, charging paperwork stated. For instance, on April 25, 2014, prosecutors stated, the lads compelled prisoners from Europe to witness the homicide of a Syrian man by Mr. Emwazi as a part of a hostage negotiation course of.