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.
New Zealander joins fight in Syria. Kiwi jihadist burns his NZ passport, vows to fight to achieve ‘martyrdom’ A Kiwi with links to al-Qaeda has taken up arms in Syria and says he will fight until he becomes a martyr. Mark John Taylor has burnt his New Zealand passport and says he has already been… Continue reading New Zealander joins fight in Syria.
A former New Zealander now living in Denmark says her son was killed when he travelled to Syria to fight with Islamic State (Isis) after authorities failed to stop him. Karolina Dam, formerly of Auckland but now living in Denmark, told Radio New Zealand her 18-year-old son Lukas died in an American air strike on… Continue reading Former New Zealander says son killed travelling to Syria.
A drone seeks a strike. Islamic convert Mark Taylor offers himself for a Darwin Award. Kiwi jihadist mistakenly broadcasts his location Mohammad Daniel, also know as Abu Abdul Rahman, and formerly known as Mark John Taylor. A Kiwi jihadist who claims to be fighting in Syria with the Islamic State has been mistakenly broadcasting his… Continue reading Kiwi jihadist mistakenly broadcasts his location
A New Zealander has been killed while fighting in Syria – the first Kiwi casualty in the civil war. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) said it is aware of “unconfirmed reports” a New Zealander has died fighting in the Middle East country. It did not say when the death happened but confirmed… Continue reading First Kiwi casualty in Syrian war
Kiwis believed to be involved with rebel fighters in Syria Spy boss Warren Tucker. New Zealanders are fighting against the Assad regime in Syria and could pose a serious terror risk when they return home, it has been reported. More than one Kiwi is believed to be involved with the rebel fighters, and are being… Continue reading Kiwis believed to be involved with rebel fighters in Syria.