Kiwi ISIS Jihadist finds social media too social


Mohammad Daniel, also known as Abu Abdul Rahman, and formerly known as Mark John Taylor, has now deleted 45 posts from Twitter after discovering that he had been revealing his location to intelligence agencies and enemies keeping tabs on him.

Experts say such information is invaluable in helping investigators establish links that foreign fighters have with terrorist groups.

Daniel’s tweets apparently show that in October this year he was with Isis in Kafar Roma, an area that President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Army has previously confirmed had been occupied by pockets of foreign fighters from Isis.

His tweets stopped around the time that the Syrian Army made a strong push into the area.

He then goes off the grid for several months while fighting in the desert and finally retreating to the Isis stronghold of Al Tabqah in early December.

It’s absurd to have individual Jihadist maintaining social media accounts of their exploits.  

A recent photo update – that shows the face of another Isis fighter – revealed Daniel again on the move.

“No doubt this is a better alternative than being targeted by a drone strike or any group with the operational capabilities to target his short lived home in Al Tabqah,” Mr Weyers said.

The Twitter mishaps will further hamper future plans of a return home.

In September, while in war-ravaged Aleppo, Daniel claimed to have been in touch with the New Zealand Government in a bid to get a new passport after burning his last one.

Daniels was friends with another New Zealand radical, Muslim Bin John.

He travelled to see John in Yemen in 2009, leading to him being recommended for travel restrictions.

John, suspected of links to al-Qaeda splinter group AQAP, was killed in a drone strike last year.

At least this will give Russel Norman a whole new line of complaint against the government:  “What is John Key doing about the privacy of New Zealanders overseas?  Why is he allowing them to be digitally tracked?”




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  • Bart67

    Just goes to show how stupid you have to be to go and have your own little jihad! What an idiot!

  • The Accountant

    Most midlife crisis come as red sports cars, an affair, a fitness fad. Not going to another country to kill people.

    • taurangaruru

      Based on his current behaviour I would guess he is well past midlife – endlife is just around the corner if his bosses in ISIS get wind of what he has done.

  • Chris EM

    Good on ya, Daniel. Don’t forget to share your online exploits with your new buddies.
    It’s good to see New Zealanders of the lowest IQ finding a niche for themselves overseas.
    Keep your head up, mate!

    • Bombastic

      I think he might be more concerned with keeping his head on.

  • LinkinHawk

    Im surprised that he still has his head intact for giving away his location, I saw a video last week of 14 foreign isis men who were beheaded one after the other in the centre of Tikrit for wanting to go home. looked like most of the town had turned out for the entertainment no women of course just all men and male children watching and cheering.

    • Imogen B

      Would there be enough psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers in the world to attempt to repair that magnitude of illness?

      • Wheninrome

        Another opportunity for a growth industry for the useless.

      • Skydog

        Maybe if the alliance had drone rockets called psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers it would surely help.

    • Greg

      Its a great recruitment strategy by ISIS, they are just real smart than your average criminal gangsters and thugs.

  • Wheninrome

    We are told by defence lawyers when a young person goes off the rails that “They are a product of their background, their schooling, their parents etc.,”
    Where did this young man go to school, who were his teachers, his family background etc., did this contribute to his jihadist tendencies?

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      Taught that he was Entitled – tick.
      Society owes him – tick.
      Violent bully tendencies – tick. Never disciplined – tick.
      Always took what he wanted – tick.
      Inflated concept of his own importance – tick.
      Frustrated when real world wouldn’t give him all – tick.
      Knew he had a pointless existence – tick.
      Was found by sharp-eyed, smooth-tongued muslim recruiter, and had his ego stroked and fed and fattened . . . – tick.

      • Monty

        And has now annoyed his intolerant ISIS bosses tick tock tick tock boom

      • Wheninrome

        He would say he was a victim of a socialist government given his age, or the apologetic tendencies of the Helen Clark era.

  • shykiwibloke

    I demand an inquiry to determine if he has been deleting texts to politicians!

  • Wheninrome

    He just wants his little moment of fame, he was probably turned down for Shortland Street.

  • cows4me

    I guess it would be safe to assume young Abu is not in the ISIS’s counter espionage devision. With his skills he’s probably on Halal duty.

  • Clutch Cargo

    Was listening to a radio interview the other day about this dropkick. He has served in the NZ army and was considered by fellow soldiers interviewed to be a complete waste of space. Bone idle, work shy and more dangerous to anyone standing behind him than in front. Here’s the kicker though…..when serving, he was on a Christian crusade, quoting the bible at any opportunity and using his beliefs to escape duties he considered not suitable to him. Please…can someone enter the appropriate co ordinates and push fire!!!!!.

    • Luis Cannon

      Make a good bullseye on a target at a rifle range.

  • Would be an ideal candidate for a recipient of a Darwin Award – if only Uncle Sam or the SAS were nice enough to deliver it on a missile or 50cal round

  • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

    “It’s absurd to have individual Jihadist maintaining social media accounts of their exploits” Of course, but they are all absurd, self-loving, entitled idiots.

    And perhaps the green-tongued wussel should join his orange-haired mate for a bit of further education – might turn out to be his “finishing school”

  • mark14

    Burnt his NZ passport?That’ll be interesting if he gets a new one before he’s blown to pieces….

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      Should give him a real special new one with in-built tracking device that activates when he opens it up . . .

  • steve and monique

    If Allah exists, then this fellow will find out soon. UK Daily mail running story how this clown has given away locations. Guess his not so tolerant leaders of IS, will be annoyed. And as for coming back, dont bother.

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      1) he will find out who allah really is
      2) if executed by his mentors, does he still get the 72 that he signed up for?

  • HSV325

    I hope the NZ taxpayer does not have to pay to repatriate his body, less head, when this muppets exploits end in tears

    • Catriona

      It would be a travesty indeed if ACC picked up the tab wouldn’t it. Surely not?

  • This is exactly why we should let these muppets use social media. It’s a great way for intel to keep track of them and, potentially, garner useful info from it. Hopefully he keeps being alive and daft enough to report info to us and everyone smart enough, at their end, dies accordingly.

  • andrewo

    This is life imitating art. If you haven’t seen ‘Four Lions’, please do so!

    It’s hilarious!

  • 2rotorbro

    Clearly this drongo’s IQ restricts him from being issued another NZ Passport.

    • Wheninrome

      Don’t you have to know who your parents are?

  • Chrish4

    MQ9 Reaper inbound about now ;)

  • Rod

    This illustrates how stupid people can be. What about those in New Zealand that protest vociferously about the activities of the GCSB, while freely and frequently using social media, which means they are voluntarily facilitating their own survellance?

  • Goldie

    A comment on terminology: ISIS is the acronym preferred by the vicious Daesh thugs as it gives them legitimacy – it implies that they are a legitimate state and heirs to the caliphate. Can we instead use the Arab term for them – Daesh – and is a term the Daesh fanatics find offensive.

  • Wheninrome

    It is a wonderful picture for proud Mum and Dad on the mantelpiece, alongside his various academic, sporting and other achievement Certificates.

  • Catriona

    Personally, I can’t stand pubic hair all over a man’s face – and all the crazy jihadists are covered in it. Yuk. My husband does not have beard!!!!

  • KiwiKaffir

    Please support ‘Proud to be Kaffir’ the New Zealand Facebook page regarding islam

  • KiwiKaffir