State Department Terrorist Designation of Alexanda Amon Kotey

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 10, 2017

The Department of State has designated Alexanda Amon Kotey as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons and groups determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. The consequences of this designation includes a prohibition against U.S. persons from generally engaging in transactions or dealings with Kotey and the freezing of all of Kotey’s property and interests in property in the United States, or which come within the United States or the possession or control of U.S. persons.

Alexanda Amon Kotey, a British national, is one of four members of an execution cell for the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The notorious cell, dubbed “The Beatles” and once headed by now-deceased SDGT Mohamed Emwazi (also known as Jihadi John), is responsible for holding captive and beheading approximately two dozen hostages, including several Westerners. Among them: American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid worker Peter Kassig. As a guard for the cell, Kotey likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture methods, including electronic shock and waterboarding. Kotey has also acted as an ISIL recruiter and is responsible for recruiting several UK nationals to join the terrorist organization.

The imposition of sanctions by the United States against terrorists is a powerful tool. Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Alexanda Amon Kotey is actively engaged in terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: //


Name: Alexanda Amon Kotey

AKA: Alexanda Kotey

AKA: Allexanda Kotey

AKA: Alexander Kotey

AKA: Alexe Kotey

AKA: Alex Kotey

AKA: Abu Salih

AKA: Abu-Salih al-Baritani

DOB: December 13, 1983

POB: Paddington (London), UK

Nationality: British

Nationality: Ghanian

Nationality: Greek-Cypriot

Location: Ar Raqqah, Syria