Islamic State 'Beatles': US and UK talk about fate of duo

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Alexanda Kotey (left) and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured by Syrian Kurdish forces

The US and UK are in talks about what to do with two men from west London who were detained in Syria last month on suspicion of terrorist activity, the home secretary has said.

Amber Rudd said the captured men, Allexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, should go on trial.

They are suspected of being members of an Islamic State cell that killed Western hostages.

The BBC understands the pair have been stripped of their UK citizenship.

Ms Rudd said: "We're absolutely committed to making sure that they are tried.

"These people should face the full force of the law. I can't be drawn at the moment into…where that will take place. But I am certain, because we'll be working with the Americans to ensure this, that they will face justice."

Earlier this month a defence minister said the men should be tried in an international criminal court.

Tobias Ellwood told two newspapers it was important that "terrorists from any origin are transparently and fairly held account for their actions".

The men are accused of being the last two of four UK IS members known as "the Beatles", so called because of their British accents.

It has been suggested they could be sent to the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Alternatively, they could be put on criminal trial in the US or at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, which can prosecute people for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression.

Mr Ellwood, who lost his brother in a terrorist attack in Bali in 2002 and who himself was caught up in the Westminster attack last year, said Kotey and Elsheikh should be tried at The Hague.

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Bethany Haines, whose father David was killed by the cell, on the capture of the IS duo

The families of some of the cell's victims have also said the two captured men should face trial.