July 19, 2024

Defence Forces in ‘secret mission’ to bring Isis bride and child back to Ireland: report

IRELAND’S Defence ­Forces have launched “a secret ­mission” to help bring Islamic State bride Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter back to Ireland, reports claim today.

Military personnel, including members of the elite Irish Army Ranger Wing, have been deployed to a location near the border between ­Turkey and Syria with the goal of repatriating Smith and her daughter Rakeya, The Sunday World revealed.

According to the newspaper, local operatives in Syria may be used to bring the 38-year-old, herself a ­former ­member of the Irish Defence ­Forces herself, and her daughter to an agreed location where they will be met by Irish ­personnel and brought home.

It said the Department of Foreign ­Affairs has issued the (Islamic State) Isil bride, who is from Co Louth, and Rakeya with emergency travel documents.

It is understood contact has been established with Smith in recent days. According to the report the team are “awaiting the completion of last-­minute paperwork” before flying home.

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