Kiwi 'bumbling jihadi' Mark Taylor captured in Syria

A member of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, stands guard against IS forces in Syria

A member of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, stands guard against IS forces in Syria

The Kurdish authorities want New Zealand and Australia to take these people off their hands.

Ardern refused to say how serious a threat Taylor would represent if he went back home but said "contingency planning" had been made to ensure New Zealanders were safe from returning jihadis.

He says that he only showed sympathy for what had happened to him, such as a lack of food and money, but distanced himself from the crimes of IS.

Taylor has been on the Government radar since at least 2011, and is being held in a Kurdish prison in Syria, according to Australian Public Broadcaster ABC.

He spent 50 days in an Isis prison over the incident, he told the ABC.

He said he witnessed beheadings and executions.

When Duncan Garner asked her what Ardern's personal view on Taylor was, she said she needed to "exercise a little bit of caution there". "There was a big crowd gathering around".

"If there is a process that gets adopted by the United Nations or the Kurdish forces put in place a process where they are deporting these people, I think we should cooperate with that", Ghahraman said.

"One of his regrets he said is that he did not have a money to buy a slave".

ISIS reportedly took thousands of Yazidi women and girls hostage as sex slaves during their reign of terror.

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'To buy a slave, you're looking at least $4000 American to buy an older woman, at least past 50-years-old, ' he told ABC.

He added: "And to buy a decent one, at least (US) $10,000 or $20,000".

Although Taylor is without a passport, Justice Minister Andrew Little said he still has rights as a citizen. "New Zealand has laws in place to deal with those circumstances".

She said the safety of New Zealanders "was our priority".

Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said Monday that Taylor's actions in joining Islamic State and traveling to Syria created potential legal consequences for him if he does manage to return.

Mark Taylor, 42, who served as a New Zealand army infantryman and later travelled to Syria from Indonesia, was placed on a US terrorist list after appearing in a 2015 Isis propaganda video calling for attacks in Australia and New Zealand, according to the US State Department.

He said it might be a topic of interest for the New Zealand media, but 99.99 per cent of New Zealanders "couldn't give a rat's derriere about him [Taylor] deserting his country, threatening western civilisation and the freedom of democracy and human rights altogether, plus being a bigamist".

The nation doesn't have the same duel citizenship laws as Australia or Britain, who are able to revoke a person's citizenship so long as it doesn't leave them stateless.

Before he left New Zealand, Taylor, who is in his mid-40s, told television network TV3 that he had been lonely his whole life, and that he'd been used and abused by people.

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