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Ireland ISIS bride Lisa Smith could be among 800 women and children who escaped from Syrian camp

22:45  13 october  2019
22:45  13 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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ISIS bride Lisa Smith could be among the 800 women and children who escaped from a Syrian camp.

Hundreds of foreigners affiliated with the Islamic State group fled from the camp in northern Syria amid a Turkish offensive.

Detainees attacked gates at the Ain Issa displacement camp as fighting raged nearby.

Former Irish defence forces troop Smith was housed in a restricted area of the camp with her three-year-old daughter Rakaya.

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a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Irish 'ISIS bride' Lisa Smith © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Irish 'ISIS bride' Lisa Smith

The 38-year-old, from Dundalk, Co Louth, was last seen in the camp two weeks ago.

Smith shared a tent with the wife of imprisoned jihadist Alexander Bekmirazev and their son Abdul Malik, who was born in Ireland. She appealed several times for repatriation but Kurdish officials in the defacto region said the Government had failed to contact them about any Irish citizens.

Earlier this year, Leo Varadkar stated Smith and her daughter would be repatriated.

Speaking in March, the Taoiseach said: “Going to Syria or going to live in what was called Islamic State is not in itself an offence or a crime, so we will need to carry out an investigation. I know the authorities there will want to interrogate her to see if she has been involved in any crimes there.

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“But it’s very possible she wasn’t a combatant.”

However, Smith and her daughter are still in Syria with no further action from the Government.

Earlier this week a Turkish offensive inside Syria further destabilised the region, moving fighters from the SDF to the Turkish border to repel the offensive. Kurds warned Turkey’s months-long planned military offensive would likely lead to the chaos in ISIS prisons and camps.

A series of incidents in the prisons in recent days have challenged the security holding foreign ISIS jihadists.

a large city landscape: Smoke rising after Turkish Armed Forces hit terror targets in Rasulayn town as part of the Turkey's Operation Peace Spring east of Euphrates River in northern Syria, against PKK/YPG, Daesh terrorists, on October 13, 2019. (Photo by Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Smoke rising after Turkish Armed Forces hit terror targets in Rasulayn town as part of the Turkey's Operation Peace Spring east of Euphrates River in northern Syria, against PKK/YPG, Daesh terrorists, on October 13, 2019. (Photo by Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The camp is just outside Turkey’s 30km “safe zone” which they claim will prevent attacks from the SDF.

The “Annex” holding foreign ISIS women, including Smith, has been emptied.

ISIS supporters using the encrypted app Telegram are advising foreign women on smugglers who can help them through the now porous border back into Turkey.

Smith, who petitioned several times to return to Ireland, remained and was never questioned by Irish security services but may have vital information on ISIS activity here.

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