Mark Taylor

Wellington New Zealander who joined Islamic State, has been captured in Syria. He told journalists that he regretted not being able to afford a slave and hopes to return home.

Mark Taylor is one of the few dozen New Zealanders believed to have joined the militant group. Although he is still a citizen of New Zealand, officials have said that his arrest abroad and apparent inability to obtain travel documents prevent him from returning home. He could also face legal consequences.

Mark Taylor
This image is a composite of a video from March 3, 2019, showing Mark Taylor, a captured Islamic State soldier New Zealander, led through Qamishli prison, Syria. AP

Twitter knows Taylor to handle “Kiwi Jihadi,” and he was notoriously unaware of Twitter’s geotagging function, which alerted outsiders to the exact location of Islamic State fighters in 2014.

From a Kurdish prison, Taylor said that he had fled five years ago to the Islamic State and surrendered to Kurdish forces in December 2018 because his life became unbearable. Taylor stated no food, money, or essential services, and there was no money.

Taylor claimed he was not a fighter but instead worked as a guard at the border between Islamic State and Syrian government troops. According to Taylor, he was held in prison three times by Islamic State. He was also jailed once for 50 days due to the geotagging incident.

He claimed he saw executions and beheadings.

Taylor said that they had taken out a woman from a truck and shot her in the back of the head.

“There was a large crowd gathering around. “There was a large crowd gathering around. I asked them, “What’s the deal?” I asked, “What’s the deal?” But no one could answer.

Taylor stated that he regrets not being able to afford a Yazidi slave. The Islamic State used thousands of Yazidi girls and women as sex slaves. They considered female members of the religious minority heretics and subject to subjugation, rape, and execution.

He said that to buy a slave; you would need at least $4,000 American to buy a woman over 50 years of age. ABC.

“And to purchase a decent one, minimum (US) $10,000 or $20,000.”

Taylor stated that he was stuck with two Syrian women as his wife and that neither had ever been married.

The ABC told him that he was surprised New Zealand didn’t take him back. However, he knew he’d spend a few years back home in prison.

“I am sorry for creating too much trouble and being a bit flashy and hot-headed in my approach. Although I’m not sure if I’m able to go back to New Zealand, it’s something I will have to deal with for the rest of my life.”

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, said Monday that Taylor’s joining the Islamic State and traveling through Syria could have legal consequences if he returns.

She stated that New Zealand has plans in place to accommodate any Islamic State fighters who might return.

She stated that safety for New Zealanders and New Zealanders was her top priority.

Taylor uploaded a 2015 video in which he called on Islamic State supporters from Australia and New Zealand to commit terrorist acts at their homes. “Even if it means that you have to stab some police officers or soldiers.”

According to the Department of Internal Affairs, Taylor doesn’t appear to possess a New Zealand passport or travel documents. Ardern also stated that it would be difficult for Taylor to obtain these documents in his current circumstances.

She said that Taylor was still a New Zealand citizen and therefore had international rights.

Taylor, who is now in his 40s, said that he was lonely all his life and had been abused and used by others before he left New Zealand.

Taylor, who goes by the pseudonyms Muhammad Daniel and Abu Abdul-Rahman, also acknowledged that he had listened to sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born al-Qaida preacher.

Mustafa Farouk, a New Zealand mosque elder, told The Associated Press in 2015 that Taylor arrived in Hamilton, and they allowed him to park his old truck near the mosque. They also offered to provide him with accommodation and mental health services. He said Taylor was independent and refused their offers.

Farouk stated that Taylor might have had radical ideas, but he kept them from himself.

Farouk stated that the only thing he talked about was his desire to marry. “He didn’t appear to be a danger to anyone.” He might need someone to care for him.


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