30 Mar '17, 5pm

How Amir Taaki Tried to Build Bitcoin Economy in Syria While Fighting ISIS

Amir Taaki, a well-known developer within the Bitcoin community as the creator of Dark Wallet , spent nearly four months fighting in Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) while trying to introduce the local community to Bitcoin. With Bitcoin and Kalashnikov In early 2016, Taaki disappeared from the Bitcoin scene and traveled to Syria to fight against the terrorist group ISIS. With the Kurdish People's Protection Units [YPG] military group, the anarchist hacker stood at the front line and actively engaged in the war against ISIS. In an interview, Taaki stated : "When I discovered Rojava [the term Kurds use to refer to northern or Syrian Kurdistan] I felt I had to go there. At first, I was completely scared - I thought I was going to die. I got sent to the frontline. I had no training, and I was given a Kalashnikov. I learned how to use a gun on the w...

Full article: https://cointelegraph.com/news/how-amir-taaki-tried-to-bu...

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