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Returned Irish ISIS bride Lisa Smith has had four husbands

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 02/12/2019 Norma Costello
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Lisa Smith has had four husbands, it emerged as the Islamic State sympathiser returned to Ireland with her two-year-old daughter.

Ms Smith, a former member of the Defence Forces, was flown back by Turkish authorities on Sunday and taken into Garda custody.

The 38-year-old arrived into Dublin Airport shortly before 10.30am on board Turkish Airlines flight 1975 from Istanbul.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a building: The Turkish Airlines plane carrying Lisa Smith lands at Dublin Airport and Lisa Smith leaves the aircraft escorted by gardai with a pink blanket over her head. Pic: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie © Provided by Extra.ie The Turkish Airlines plane carrying Lisa Smith lands at Dublin Airport and Lisa Smith leaves the aircraft escorted by gardai with a pink blanket over her head. Pic: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The Louth woman was arrested by Gardai shortly after the flight landed on suspicion of terrorist offences following her deportation from Turkey.

She is currently being detained at a South Dublin Garda station where she is being questioned under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act 1939.

Speaking at the election count centre in Adamstown, Dublin, on Saturday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: ‘Obviously when it comes to her daughter, she’s a child, she’s going to be protected and social services are ready to do that.

Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: ‘Obviously when it comes to her daughter, she’s a child, she’s going to be protected and social services are ready to do that.’ Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: ‘Obviously when it comes to her daughter, she’s a child, she’s going to be protected and social services are ready to do that.’ Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘In relation to Lisa Smith, the gardai are going to want to speak with her. They may be in a position to charge her and, if they do, prosecution may follow but that’s all I can really say about that.’

The fact that the radicalised former Air Corps member was in Syria with her daughter — whose father is a dead jihadi fighter — was reported by Extra.ie when this newspaper interviewed her in a camp holding the wives and children of Isis fighters in Syria.

Extra.ie can now reveal that the Dundalk woman’s Tunisian jihadi husband ‘Ahmed’ fought for an Al-Qaeda militia during her time in Syria in 2013. The fighter was part of a group of jihadists who travelled from Egypt to Syria.

The group included Ms Smith’s ‘guru’, Isis media man John Georgelas, an American convert to Islam who climbed the ranks in Isis and was dubbed the ‘Isis Goebbels’.

a man sitting in front of a gun: Tunisian jihadi husband ‘Ahmed’ fought for an Al-Qaeda militia, a group that included Ms Smith’s ‘guru’, Isis media man John Georgelas (Pictured), an American convert to Islam who climbed the ranks in Isis © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Tunisian jihadi husband ‘Ahmed’ fought for an Al-Qaeda militia, a group that included Ms Smith’s ‘guru’, Isis media man John Georgelas (Pictured), an American convert to Islam who climbed the ranks in Isis

Ms Smith maintains she was just a visitor in the high-profile jihadist’s family home but others say she was in a relationship with Georgelas.

The Louth woman, 38, is believed to have married at least four times, with the first marriage taking place in Ireland in 2010 to an Algerian man from Louth, from whom she was separated soon after.

Ms Smith was later linked to an Iraqi man from Dublin and British Pakistiani Isis member Sajid Aslam, who she claims is the father of her daughter.

Irish diplomats and Irish Army Rangers travelled to Turkey in October, to negotiate Ms Smith’s return and carry out a risk assessment. Turkey has said it wants her out of the country.

a little girl sitting on a bed: Lisa Smith was later linked to an Iraqi man from Dublin and British Pakistiani Isis member Sajid Aslam, who she claims is the father of her daughter Rakaya and may have been of her husbands. © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Lisa Smith was later linked to an Iraqi man from Dublin and British Pakistiani Isis member Sajid Aslam, who she claims is the father of her daughter Rakaya and may have been of her husbands.

Detectives travelled to Australia and the US to interview ex-colleagues in the Defence Forces and associates about Ms Smith during her time in Syria.

They have also interviewed people in her home town of Dundalk and members of Ireland’s Islamic community.

Tusla, the child and family agency, will be involved in planning the future care of Ms Smith’s daughter Rakaya. Mr Varadkar previously described the situation as ‘tricky’.

‘Ultimately the child is an Irish citizen and deserves to be protected in my view,’ he said.

Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a sign: Leo Varadkar previously described the situation regarding Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter as ‘tricky’. Pic: David Young/PA Wire © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Leo Varadkar previously described the situation regarding Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter as ‘tricky’. Pic: David Young/PA Wire

Extra.ie has also learned that Ms Smith, the former Air Corps member, who served for a time on the Government jet, ran a business via Facebook selling T-shirts and headbands with Islamic inscriptions.

She told women in Dublin she was worried about her finances and claimed her bank account had been frozen as early as 2012. She is believed to have received a sizeable amount of money after leaving the Air Corps, which she later told associates was ‘taken’ from her.

Ms Smith is believed to hold vital intelligence on Isis returnees and a high-profile member from Ireland.

She confirmed she met Irish Isis members during her time in Syria and was living in the same tent as the wife of naturalised Irish citizen Alexandr Bekmirzaev. It is unknown if Bekmirzaev, his wife and young son will also return.

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Lisa Smith met Irish Isis members during her time in Syria and was living in the same tent as the wife of naturalised Irish citizen Alexandr Bekmirzaev. Pic: The Independent © Provided by Extra.ie Lisa Smith met Irish Isis members during her time in Syria and was living in the same tent as the wife of naturalised Irish citizen Alexandr Bekmirzaev. Pic: The Independent

Turkey has announced it will deport around 2,500 foreign captives — even if their governments choose to revoke citizenship. Ankara says it has captured hundreds of militants in northeastern Syria and already holds hundreds more Isis suspects.

It has accused European countries of being too slow to take back citizens who travelled to fight in the Middle East. Allies are worried Isis militants could escape as a result of the assault against the Kurdish militia, which has been holding thousands of the group’s fighters and tens of thousands of their family members.

Ms Smith fled over the border to Turkey along with others in the camp in which she was living after US president Donald Trump pulled US troops out of Syria, and Turkey attacked Kurdish forces along the border.

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