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Lisa Smith is expected back in Ireland by the end of this week

Smith will undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland, it was reported earlier this month.
Nov 26th 2019, 8:28 PM 50,705 143

LISA SMITH IS expected to return to Ireland by the end of this week, it is understood.

The former Defence Forces member who was married to an Islamic State (IS) fighter is due back in Ireland in the coming days. 

As first reported by the Irish Independent, the Dundalk woman is expected to be repatriated from Turkey later this week.

It was reported earlier this month that Smith will have to undergo a security assessment when she returns to Ireland. 

Smith had lived in Syria until Turkey’s recent incursion into the country. She had been captured by Kurdish forces in northeast Syria after Islamic State fighters lost control of their final stronghold.

She was being held with her two-year old daughter in the Al-Hawl displacement camp for the wives and children of Islamic State (IS) fighters.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is believed to have issued Smith and her child with emergency documents earlier this month so they can travel home. 

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