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'Bumbling Jihadi': Kiwi ISIS militant makes world headlines for tweeting his location

A Kiwi jihadist apparently fighting for ISIS has made headlines around the world for accidentally tweeting his location in Syria.

Mark John Taylor, now known as Mohammad Daniel or Abu Abdul Rahman, forgot to turn off his location service on his Twitter account, thus locating where he was inside Syria every tweet he posted.

He has since deleted 45 tweets off his @M_Taylor_Kiwi account on Twitter, the Independent is reporting.

However, intelligence research group, iBrabo, took screen shots of Taylor's tweets before he pulled them down and posted them to their blog.

"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.

The Kiwi jihadist not only identified where he was fighting, but also who he was fighting with in his Twitter picture which clearly identifies other ISIS militants in the background.

"[Taylor's] 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," the blog reads.

By watching where Taylor tweets from, iBrabo has been able to track him in Kafar Roma to Al Tabqah and Ar Raqqah.

Taylor's mistake has been making headlines around the world with some labelling the ISIS militant as the "bumbling Jihadi".

Oops! New Zealand militant accidentally tweets his Syria location http://t.co/7Ky3humJgs pic.twitter.com/4fT2dYvFqk

— RT (@RT_com) January 1, 2015

A suspected Isis militant mistakenly broadcast his location on Twitter http://t.co/TQt3LxtWvq pic.twitter.com/k2XVUoUJYR

— The Independent (@Independent) January 1, 2015

New Zealander ISIS fighter accidentally tweets secret location http://t.co/aw9AKG15E3

— TIME.com (@TIME) January 1, 2015

It's reported Taylor left New Zealand in 2009 to join al-Qaeda in Afghanistan but was arrested by police in Pakistan. After returning home, he then travelled to Indonesia in 2012 where he worked as an English teacher before travelling to Syria last year to join ISIS.

Mark Taylor has tweeted his location inside Syria.


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