IS bride Lisa Smith arrested after arriving back in Ireland from Syria
Dec 02 2019
A team from the Irish Defence Forces, accompanied by members of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is understood to have travelled to Turkey to investigate a possible route out of Syria for Irish citizen Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter.
The former soldier, 38, flew from Turkey with her two-year-old daughter plus three Irish consular officials, members of the Army Ranger Wing and a Turkish security officer.
She was not in custody for the four-and-a-half-hour journey but Irish police were waiting at Dublin airport for the plane's arrival.
After the terror group's defeat this year, Smith and her daughter stayed in refugee camps run by Kurdish forces.
"On her arrival in Dublin, Lisa Smith was met by An Garda Síochána", Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said in a statement.
The Irish government has been working to repatriate Smith since her case was first reported by CNN in March.
Wearing a niqab and carrying her young daughter in her arms, Smith added that she wanted to return to Ireland.
On the Turkish Airlines flight back and while leaving the plane, Smith is said to have covered her face with a blanket.
Meanwhile, Smith is "not living among" the Irish people and that she is "in a Garda station being questioned", Coveney said.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney told Irish national broadcaster RTE on Sunday that authorities were working "primarily to ensure the safety of a 2-year-old girl who was in a warzone".
She has denied being involved in violence.
Yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed that former ISIS bride is returning to Ireland this weekend.
In Britain, captured British Islamic State fighters will be brought back to the United Kingdom to be put on trial if it is the best place for them to face justice, the national security adviser has said. Eleven French detainees will be sent to France in early December.
We are actually obliged under global law to repatriate her back to the Republic of Ireland so we didn't actually have a choice in that.