In 2014 and 2015, the armed fighters held more than 20 Western hostages in Syria and tortured many of them [File: Stringer/Reuters]

The United States has taken custody of two high-profile members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) who became notorious for beheading hostages and boasting about it in videos.

The two men, previously held in Syria by Kurdish-led fighters, were moved out of the country as Turkey started an offensive there.

“I can confirm that we’ve taken custody of two high-value ISIS individuals from the SDF,” a defence official told AFP news agency on Wednesday on condition of anonymity, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

“They have been moved out of Syria and are in a secure

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