Efforts must be made to sterilise a breeding ground that could create more Irish Isis fighters. Even if the threat is moderate, our desire for peace ought not to be
“The UN has made it compulsory on European countries to arrest anyone intending or even voicing intent to travel to Syria and Iraq. So anyone trying to exercise freedom of speech and support the mujahideen right to fight in defence of their life’s wealth is a terrorist.”
This was how my correspondence with Khalid Kelly, born Terence Edward, began. It was late-September 2014, 26 months before his death in Mosul on 4 November. He had driven a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device into the village of Ghzayel al-Kabir, targeting the Shia popular mobilisation unit. The news was somehow both unsurprising and completely shocking.
The gradual collapse of Isis in Iraq and Syria, Irish security experts suggest, may result in fighters returning home