An Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist from New Zealand has suspended his Twitter account after mistakenly tweeting his location from Syria, reports The Independent.
Mark John Taylor, who now goes by the name of Mohammad Daniel or Abu Abdul Rahman, failed to turn off the location service on his Twitter account, thereby identifying his whereabouts every time he tweeted.
Taylor, who is known as @M_Taylor_Kiwi on Twitter, deleted 45 tweets when he realized his mistake – but by then, according to The Independent, screen shots had been captured by iBrabo, an open source intelligence research group located in Ontario, Canada.
On their blog, iBrabo wrote that they had been able to track Taylor’s activities via his Twitter account, as he moved from Kafr Roma to the desert and then to Al Tabqah. The group was reportedly able to pinpoint a specific house at Al Tabqah where Taylor stayed in early December.
"Taylor, eager for the fame of being a violent jihadist, took to Twitter to get attention for his exploits. His statements and twitter missteps have solidified his involvement with ISIS and will provide the evidence should he ever try to return to New Zealand," iBrabo said.
"His ignorance and the ignorance of others has been an advantage to intelligence agencies around the world looking to protect their nations and track the progress of ISIS."
Taylor posted a video three months ago, in which he said he was in Syria and that his "commitment is for jihad."
In September 2011, he appeared on British TV3's 60 Minutes, and claimed his life had been ruined after he previously traveled to Pakistan in 2009 and tried to enter the Al-Qaeda stronghold of Wana.
Taylor, who claimed he had only traveled to the Middle East to find a wife, was named in a list of 23 Australian-based suspects in a secret diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks.
“I didn't have a death wish I was just looking for a lady for marriage. It was my mistake. People might call me stupid and dumb for making that mistake but that's my problem,” he told 60 Minutes.
Some would say, however, that authorities in New Zealand are the true dunces in this tale: Taylor was released without charge in Pakistan and moved to Australia, back to New Zealand, and then on to Indonesia, where he worked as an English teacher before travelling to Syria via Turkey in July this year – despite his travel restrictions.
In June he reportedly told The Australian that he hasn't joined any groups “except for Al-Qaeda.” He also posted a photo of his charred New Zealand passport after he burned it, with the caption "one way trip," and then changed his mind and said he wanted a new passport.
“I only went there for adventure jihad, but along the way I realized Syria is in a very dire need of humanity aid and support,” he said, refuting his alleged terrorist activities.
In July this year he told the New Zealand Herald on Sunday that he would remain in Syria until he achieved “martyrdom.”