Bitcoin Entrepeneur Was Under UK Police Investigation After Fighting ISIS Group in Syria.
A 29-year-old man Bitcoin developer has said that he has been under police investigation for the last year after returning from Syria where he was fighting against the Islamic State.
The self-taught Iranian-British software engineer Amir Taaki has been a prominent figure in the bitcoin space. According to a report from Wired, in 2014 Taaki created his own revision of bitcoin’s core code called Libbitcoin and developed a prototype for a decentralized Silk Road-style darknet market.
At the end of 2014, it was reported that he gone to Syria after reading about the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) military group who are affiliated with the leftwing Kurdish militant group called the Kurdistan Workers Party, or the PKK.
Speaking to the BBC, Taaki said he spent three and a half months struggling with the YPG, experiencing several battles against IS in Rojava, which is a term the Kurds use to refer to northern or Syrian Kurdistan.
Another report from Wired states that Taaki had initially gone there to offer his technical skills in one of the cities of Rojava and not to fight. He adds that when Taaki tried to explain this to an officer in charge but his protests were ignored and he ended up enlisted in a unit with other aliens.
After a while he was transferred to the northeastern city of Al-Malikiyah, and then to the capital of Qamishli, where his technical skills were used to help rebuild the nation, training people to use open source software and Internet. It was also reported that it helped develop a fertilizer production factory, produced a guide for foreigners who learn Kurdish and helped to create a revolutionary magazine for young women.
After his work in Syria, when he returned to London in May 2016, the bitcoin developer was detained by police. He was questioned about his time in Syria and his connection with Cody Wilson who created the first 3-D printed gun.
“I’m glad about it, to be honest, it was an important experience to have.” Said Taaki convinced, that he made the right decision about going to Syria.
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