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Gardai probe radio interview amid warning Isis are recruiting in Ireland

A warning has been issued that Islamic extremists are becoming increasingly active in Ireland as gardai are probing a call to the FM104 phoneshow.

Officers contacted the FM104 phoneshow after a caller expressed support for the Islamic rebels.

Host Chris Barry interviewed Khalid Kelly (48) earlier this month, a Dublin-born Islamic convert.

Over the course of the interview Mr Kelly suggested that Irish peacekeeping troops serving in the Golan Heights should join ISIS militants.

He claimed that “then they would be on the right side”.

He also claimed during the broadcast that journalists who were beheaded by the militants were ‘spies’.

Chris Barry confirmed to The Star that after the show gardai contacted them and requested the recordings.

“Gardai have requested the recording from us. He is clearly a person of interest to them and is also clearly a supporter of the Islamic State.

“They are his brothers and he talked fondly of them.”

Kelly is a father-of-three and a former Catholic altar boy who converted to the religion in 2000.

He told the paper he doesn’t believe he did anything illegal during the interview.

“I believe I said the truth”, he said.

He has previously said his ‘heart feels comforted’ every time he watches footage of the 9/11 attacks.

Meanwhile Dr Ali al-Saleh, imam at the Shia mosque in Milltown in Dublin, has warned that Islamic extremists are active in Ireland.

He said Ireland is not doing enough to combat the threat of ISIL, the terrorist group which controls vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

"They (ISIL members) live here, they are active at the level of small circles, giving lectures, talking to the youth," Dr Saleh told Newstalk.

"This is a problem. We've said that from the beginning, now we have it. We didn't tackle it from the beginning. It is a duty of us, the Imam, to talk openly against those things.

"I ask the Muslims here to cooperate with the gardai and to notify them about any activities like this," he added.

Dr Saleh's son Jaafar, a medical student, said he has heard a lot of people getting excited about what's going on in Iraq and Syria, with individuals speaking about their friends trying to join the fighting.

"You get a lot of speakers coming here from all over the world, from Saudi Arabia, from the Gulf states. (It's) sometimes kind of shocking that they're allowed into Ireland. Back over there where they speak, in Saudi Arabia or whatever, clearly they call for people to go to jihad in Syria and Iraq," he added.

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