Monday 26 September 2016

Garda surveillance continues on IS leader

Paul Williams

Published 21/11/2015 | 02:30

According to security sources, the extremist is head of a very small IS network in Ireland
According to security sources, the extremist is head of a very small IS network in Ireland

This is the leader of the IS network in Ireland attending a prayer meeting in Dublin earlier this week.

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The unemployed man, who is classified as a major terrorist suspect by international counter-terrorism agencies and claims social welfare payments in this country, is currently top of the Gardaí's list of targets in this country.

Our picture shows him attending a prayer gathering. According to security sources, the extremist is head of a very small IS network in Ireland, a grouping that receives very little support from the Muslim community in Ireland.

The man, who is in his 50s and of middle eastern origin, and the rest of his small network are subject to constant surveillance by the specialist garda unit known as Counter Terrorism International (CTI).

It is understood that a number of the men involved, including the leader, face arrest in other countries if they leave this jurisdiction.

Sources said that while the members of the IS network did not pose a threat to security here they were believed to provide logistical support to radicalised young western-born men intent on travelling to Syria to fight for the terror organisation.

The leader of the network is suspected of procuring false documents and passports as well as providing small sums of cash to pay for travel.

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