Irish jihadi bride Lisa Smith evacuated from Baghuz named as ex-soldier who served on Taoiseach’s private plane

A former Irish soldier who once worked on the official plane of the Irish Taoiseach has been captured by US-backed forces in Syria under suspicion of joining Isil.

Lisa Smith, a 37-year-old woman from Dundalk, was a member of the Irish Defence Force until 2011 but quit after converting to Islam and then moved to Syria in 2015 following the collapse of her marriage, according to Irish media reports.

She is reported to have been detained along with her two-year-old son by forces in northern Syria in recent days as US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces close in on the last scraps of territory held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).