|Birthname||David Matthew Hicks|
|born on||7 August 1975|
|Place||Elizabeth, Australia, 34s43, 138e40|
|Timezone||ACST h9e30 (is standard time)|
Australian Taliban member who took the name of Mohammed Dawood and was captured around 12/09/2001 by Northern Alliance fighters. On the morning of 12/17/2001, he was turned over to a U.S. military ship. The government said David Hicks, 26, trained with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network and had been fighting with the Taliban against U.S.-led forces, which include Australian troops.
Hicks left Australia in mid-1999 to join Muslims in the Kosovo Liberation Army fighting against Serbia in Yugoslavia. After converting to Islam, he flew to Pakistan in late 1999, where he trained with the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group. He entered Afghanistan last year and trained with al-Qaida, the government said.
Hicks came from divorced parents and was a school drop-out at 14. He was body-conscious, a body-builder with steroids and some acquaintances spoke of drugs.
He lived as an itinerant adventurer, taking such jobs as a rodeo rider and jackaroo. He was a race-horse trainer in Japan for a while and ended up in a chicken processing plant. He had a relationship with a woman that produced two kids but it broke down about 1995. He has been described paradoxically as a gentle, caring, thinker and a battle-hardened, trained rebel fighter who bragged of his alleged kills. He developed an interest in the occult, a search for understanding in Christianity, Bible classes and, finally, a zeal for Islam.
He kept in contact with his parents and told them of his committed participation in armed Islamic conflicts. His dad said that "He's been a handful, a rebel, but not a trouble-maker . . . he's got a bit of hot blood running through his veins,"
Australia lost 23 lives in the World Trade Center and 150 more are on the line with their military deployment in war-torn Afghanistan. Defense analysts believe thousands of foreign nationals answered the call to jihad and went to Afghanistan to join the Taliban when the war against terrorism began. Legal experts are pondering whether Hicks has actually broken any Australian laws, but believe he could be charged under a law aimed at discouraging soldiers of fortune. Under the Foreign Incursions law, Australian citizens face prison sentences of up to 14 years for working as mercenaries.
- Social : Joined group 1999 (Joined Muslims in Kosovo army)
Sy Scholfield quotes his birth announcement in in "The Advertiser" (Adelaide Newspaper), 12 August 1975, p. 38: "HICKS (nee King)
-- Sue and Terry are thrilled to announce the birth of a son (David Matthew), on August 7, 1975, at Lyell McEwin Hospital, Elizabeth." Date and place of birth originally from "Little Dave, Big Trouble," by Peter Lalor & Anna Cock, "Courier-Mail" (Brisbane newspaper), 15 December 2001, pp 25+30.
- Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Terrorist
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Fundamentalist/ Evangelical (Taliban)