29 Mar '17, 8pm

How an Anarchist Bitcoin Coder Found Himself Fighting ISIS in Syria

But as with so many young Westerners drawn to fight on either side of the war with ISIS, Taaki’s life in Syria would turn out differently from what he’d imagined. In February 2015, he flew from Madrid to the city of Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq, where Kurdish Iraqi police detained him for a day and searched his few belongings. When they determined that he wasn’t a member of ISIS and was instead seeking to join the Rojava movement, they put him in a cab to a nearby safe house to meet a YPG recruiter. That recruiter took him to a YPG camp in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistani, where he waited for two weeks with a group of other foreigners who’d come from as far as England, Portugal, and the US with a blind desire to kill members of ISIS. YPG operatives then smuggled the motley group to Syria in a full-moon trek down from the mountains, across the Tigris and into trucks that ...

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