How an Anarchist Bitcoin Coder Found Himself Fighting ISIS in Syria – Relevant Research


Story Summary

Amir Taaki, a British coder with anarchist sentiments and communistic views, who was instrumental in the founding of Bitcoin finds himself in Syria fighting ISIS alongside Kurdish militias. The article describes his experiences on the front lines as well as the great impact he had in aiding the Kurds in setting up a pseudo-governmental organisation. His skills as a programmer were utilized to develop a technology curriculum for the area, he helped people understand internet usage and programming. He left Syria in May of 2016 and returned to London in hopes of completing his Dark Wallet’s development. His intention was to utilize the unrestricted currency to bypass Governmental sanctions and allow anonymous funding for the Syrian Kurds from around the world.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin was first conceptualized in 2008. The necessity for Bitcoin, as some see it, is that online transactions are currently reliant on a middle man, a bank or a credit card provider, who is solely responsible for verifying transactions. There are several issues with this system.

  • The middle man takes a percentage of the money from the transaction.
  • International transactions suffer due to exchange charges.
  • If either the bank or card provider makes an error, you have no recourse.
  • If either the bank or card provider is compromised, your details may be stolen.

How does bitcoin solve these issues?

  • The middle man is removed, the community as a whole is responsible to verifying transactions.
  • The currency is universal which negates the need for exchange.
  • Each member has record of transactions which means the information is held in multiple sources.
  • The entire community holds records of payments rendering attempts to fool the system useless.

Who is Amir Taaki?


  • Amir Taaki was one of the founders of Bitcoin, a visionary who wanted to create a system of free trade and commerce that would remove the need for an intermediary.
  • He is an anti-government, anarchist with communistic political ideologies. He wants power to be in the hands of individuals over Governments.
  • In 2015 he went silent on the internet and many believed he had been forcibly prevented from continuing his work.
  • He later turned up in Syria, working on behalf of Kurdish Syrian rebel groups, the PKK and YPG.
  • He was instrumental in organizing and helping to build a new state there.




Author: David Rothwell

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