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I didn't kill anyone, insists Irish Isis bride in bid to return home

Lisa Smith with her daughter in the Al Hawl refugee camp on the Iraq-Syria border
Lisa Smith with her daughter in the Al Hawl refugee camp on the Iraq-Syria border
Before Lisa left for Syria

By Gabija Gataveckaite

Former Isis bride Lisa Smith has denied she was radicalised in the Islamic State and said that she is "not out to kill anyone".

She also said she wants to live in an "actual caliphate" and not a "brutality group".

The Irish citizen joined the Islamic State four years ago and is now attempting to return to Ireland with her two-year-old daughter.

She is currently detained at the Al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria.

"I'm not a terrorist, I'm not out to kill anyone," she told the BBC.

"If you ask me am I going to hurt anyone, no, have I got any intentions to do anything, no.

"I'm just interested in trying to bring my daughter up and get her educated.

"I don't even think I'm radicalised,

"At the beginning I didn't come to kill anyone and when I was there I didn't kill anyone and when I go home I won't kill anyone, I just think I'm the same, you know," she added.

The Dundalk native said she wanted to live in an "actual caliphate, as in a Muslim country" instead of a "brutality group".

She added: "I think there was a lot of brutality in [the Islamic State]."

She denied ever taking part in the fighting, or even picking up a gun, claiming that she wasn't allowed, adding: "Even if I wanted to go fight, if I tried to go fight, they wouldn't let me."

Ms Smith also denied teaching girls aged 9 to 12 how to fight.

"So not true," she said in response to the claims.

"Bring these girls to my face and we'll all sit here and they can see my face we'll speak and see the truth."

Ms Smith also declined to comment on claims that Yazidi women were murdered, raped and enslaved.

"I cannot say because I don't know, and I cannot say who's telling the truth and who's lying," she added.

"I'll have to hear both sides and then make a decision."

Yesterday Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Ms Smith has requested and is receiving consular assistance.

"But we need to bear in mind that where she is is a war zone and we don't want to put any of our diplomatic staff or officials at risk in any way," he said.

"I'm very conscious that whatever people may think about what Lisa Smith has done, that her child is innocent, her child is an Irish citizen and we will assist them."

Mr Varadkar also said that the Republic's government has been in touch with her family .

"But that is a private matter and I don't want to go into the details on that," he said.

"If she returns to Ireland there will need to be an investigation into her activities certainly.

"We have to put the safety interests of Irish citizens and people living in Ireland are the biggest concern in this.

"Should she return she will be interviewed, there will be a security assessment done to make sure she's never a threat to others.

"But let's never forget there is a child involved, that child is innocent and an Irish citizen."

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