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An Irishman fighting against Isis in Syria is now being held in Iraq

Joshua Molloy was detained after allegedly trying to enter the country illegally.

Molloy was a British Army soldier before joining the fight against Isis.
Molloy was a British Army soldier before joining the fight against Isis.

Updated at 5.05pm

AN IRISHMAN WHO had been fighting against the so-called Islamic State in Syria is currently being detained in Iraq.

Joshua Molloy, originally from Ballylinan in Co. Laois, served as an infantry soldier in the Royal Irish Regiment of the British Army for four years before joining Kurdish resistance fighters the YPG to fight against Isis.

The Sunday Times reported today that the 24-year-old, as well as British nationals Joe Akerman and Jac Holmes, were arrested on Friday having allegedly entered Iraq illegally from Syria.

The UK Foreign Office confirmed that they have been in contact with local authorities and that the three men are being held.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is aware of the case and that the Irish government stands ready to provide consular assistance.

Molloy first began fighting with the YPG in March of last year for three months before returning in October.

After fighting in at least five different Syrian cities, Molloy had been attempting to leave the Civil War and return to Europe but has now been detained by authorities in Iraq.

Acting minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan is being kept up to date with developments in the case as they happen.

- With reporting by Michael Sheils McNamee

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