The death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has raised fresh questions about the fate of kiwi nurse Louisa Akavi, one of the terror group’s longest-held hostages. Kiwi authorities believed for many years Akavi may have been being kept close to the IS leader – a diabetic with suspected injuries – because her nursing skills were of value to… Continue reading Baghdadi dead, but Kiwi nurse Louisa Akavi still missing.
Kiwi Jihadi Mark Taylor could be released from captivity in Syria as the United States withdraws and Turkey invades. The “bumbling jihadi” is among reported New Zealand nationals, including an orphaned toddler, who will face renewed chaos and conflict in war-torn Syria. US President Donald Trump cleared the way for Turkey to invade northern Syria in a shock statement on Monday… Continue reading Kiwi Jihadi Mark Taylor could be released as US withdraws from Syria
Using one of his many aliases, the leader of the Aotearoa Maori Muslim Association, a.k.a. Islamic State in New Zealand, has petitioned the NZ Government to exchange Brentan Tarrant for Louisa Akavi. Akavi was part of a groups of five Red Cross workers that were taken hostage in 2013 and have been spotted working in… Continue reading NZ ISIS leader seeks to barter Brentan Tarrant for kidnapped Nurse.
A New Zealand nurse was held hostage by Islamic State for almost six years but her identity was kept under wraps until today because of fears it would put her life in danger. The nurse, Louisa Akavi, was named in the New York Times today with confirmation from the International Committee of the Red Cross.… Continue reading Revealed: New Zealand nurse Louisa Akavi kidnapped, held by Isis for six years.