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Daesh bride held by Irish police as she comes home

Daesh recruit: Smith, from Dundalk, had daughter with terrorist suspect in Syria

A FORMER member of the Irish military who became a Daesh bride was arrested on suspicion of terror offences as she arrived back in Ireland yesterday.

Lisa Smith, 38, went to war-torn Syria in 2015 after converting to Islam and becoming radicalised.

She had been living with her two-year-old daughter in a refugee camp.

Radicalised: Ex-servicewoman Lisa Smith

The girl’s family in Ireland are caring for her while her mother is being questioned at a Dublin police station.

Smith was deported from Turkey and put on the first scheduled Turkish Airlines flight to Dublin Airport, landing shortly before 10.30am.

Images of her arrival showed her covered in a pink blanket as she was taken from the aircraft. In a statement, police said they had ‘arrested a 38-year-old female on suspicion of terrorist offences’ following her deportation.

‘She is currently being detained at a South Dublin garda [police] station. A child, also an Irish citizen, was in [her] company and is now being cared for by relatives,’ police added.

Originally from Dundalk, Smith has said the girl’s father was a suspected member of Daesh who died last year. She has denied being involved in violence.

As a member of the Irish Defence Forces, she accompanied Ireland’s former president Mary Robinson and ex-prime minister Bertie Ahern on the official government jet.

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said Smith should have the right of return to Ireland and that removing her citizenship would not be right or compassionate.

Justice minister Charlie Flanagan said: ‘This is a sensitive case and I want to reassure people that all relevant state agencies are closely involved.’

Meanwhile, captured British Daesh fighters will be brought back to the UK to be put on trial if it is the best place for them to face justice, according to cabinet national security advisers.