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Irish 'ISIS Bride' Arrested on Return to Ireland From Turkey

Irish 'ISIS Bride' Arrested on Return to Ireland From Turkey

Sunday, 1 December, 2019 - 15:00
Lisa Smith traveled to Syria in 2016 to join the so-called ISIS group

An Irish citizen aligned to ISIS deported from Turkey along with her two-year-old daughter was arrested on her return to Dublin on Sunday on suspicion of terrorist offenses, Irish police said.

Ireland agreed to repatriate Lisa Smith, 38, and her two-year-old daughter after Ankara began deporting foreign citizens linked to ISIS earlier this month.

Turkey says it has captured 287 militants in northeast Syria, where Turkish troops launched an offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia last month, and has hundreds more extremist suspects in detention.

Dublin has said for months that it has a responsibility to bring Smith back to Ireland and that its main concern was for the safe repatriation of her daughter.

Smith is a former member of the Irish Defence Forces.

In a statement, Irish Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said: "This is a sensitive case and I want to reassure people that all relevant state agencies are closely involved."

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