US President Donald Trump has once again found himself at the epicentre of a Twitter troll-fest as he has confirmed on the micro-blogging platform that two Daesh* fighters, known as the Beatles, have been taken out of Syria to a more secure location.
In case the Kurds or Turkey lose control, the United States has already taken the 2 ISIS militants tied to beheadings in Syria, known as the Beetles, out of that country and into a secure location controlled by the U.S. They are the worst of the worst!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
In the tweet, Trump has, however, made a typo, writing the "Beetles" instead of the "Beatles", which instantly set off a major firestorm on social media:
I love the Beetles. Also the Rolling Stonez and U Too.— Jaynie's Got a Bun (@FreeGirlNowNYC) October 10, 2019
It's after midnight and Donald Trump is ranting about the Beatles while spelling it "Beetles." This guy belongs in a dungeon.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) October 10, 2019
Trump acknowledges prospect that Turkey and Kurds could lose control of ISIS militants in their custody.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 10, 2019
Also, it’s the “Beatles.” https://t.co/dvxvuyw8nd
Trump kidnapped the Beatles https://t.co/fMRVR1ndH1— i Wike Wizuwds (@danwolfson_) October 10, 2019
Trump: “No, I’m pretty sure it’s the Beetles. These guys look nothing like— Roy Klementsen (@Roybq) October 10, 2019
John, George, Paul and Ringo.” pic.twitter.com/jGUBj1hwKe
beetles 🐜 🐛 🕷?— d 🇺🇸 🔔 🗽 (@dougalpollux) October 10, 2019
Trump's tweet follows a Washington Post report, which claimed that the US military had relocated two Daesh members, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, transfering custody from the Kurdish forces in northern Syria ahead of the Turkish military operation in the country.
It is unclear where the two will be taken, but the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying that they will be transferred to Iraq, ostensibly along with a group of other “high-value” detainees.
Elsheikh and Kotey were members of a four-man group of terrorists nicknamed “Beatles” because of their British origin. One member of the group was killed in a drone attack in 2015, while another one is now in a Turkish jail serving a seven-year sentence.
Washington has repeatedly called on London to take their Daesh fighters back, but British authorities claimed in 2018 there was “not enough evidence” to prosecute them in their country of origin and suggested the two be tried in the US. Both were stripped of their UK citizenship over their adherence to the terrorist group.
*Daesh, also known as ISIS/IS/ISIL/Islamic State, is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other countries.