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Irish IS bride says she's not a terrorist

Lisa Smith pictured living in Dundalk in 2011. Photo: Tom Conachy/Independent.ie
Lisa Smith pictured living in Dundalk in 2011. Photo: Tom Conachy/Independent.ie

A former Irish soldier who became an IS bride has rejected suggestions she was a terrorist and has said she won't kill anyone if she returns to Ireland.

Lisa Smith has also denied claims she was involved in training girls to become fighters.

38-year-old Smith, who is originally from Dundalk, Co Louth, is being held at a Syrian refugee camp along with her two-year-old daughter.

She joined the Islamic State group at the age of 33 and divorced her husband at the time because he did not want to join her.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Lisa Smith would be allowed return to Ireland but only after undergoing a security assessment must rule her out as a threat.

Speaking to the BBC, Lisa Smith said she's had her fingerprints taken by the FBI, along with her DNA.

Smith said she didn't pick up a gun during her time with ISIS. "Not a lot of people know I was in the military."

"I want for myself an actual caliphate, a Muslim country, not a group, or a brutality group. [In the Islamic State] I think there was a lot of brutality," she said.

"I'm not a terrorist, I'm not out to kill anyone.

"Do I have 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, all I know is I came to Islamic State and I failed.

"At the beginning I didn't come to kill anyone, when I was there I didn't kill anyone, and when I go home I'm not going to kill anyone. I just think I'm the same."

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