Why Lisa Smith joined Isis, and what it tells us

Ireland has so far produced very few Isis recruits but experts warn that the government has no room for complacency

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
21st July, 2019
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Isis has already been defeated in Syria, meaning thousands of its fighters will try to return to their countries of origin

Before converting to Islam in 2011, Lisa Smith tried a number of paths. Apparently having “[done] it all – the drink, the drugs, smoking, everything”, she went through what she once described as “the whole spirituality phase, Buddhism and stuff” as well as “fairies, angels, reiki, the works”, but “nothing was registering”.

Eventually, she told one newspaper reporter, she stumbled across Islam and it struck a chord. In...

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