Garda have confirmed that a 45 year-old man captured in Syria by Militias fighting ISIS is an Irish citizen.

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He moved to the Middle East in 2013. He was known to Garda from the monitoring of individuals sympathetic to radical causes. Leo Varadkar has stated “I’ve only heard about that in the last short while. The information we have is that an Irish citizen has been taken into custody in Syria. We don’t know the details of that so I can’t comment on it in any detail but what I can say is that any Irish citizen around the world is entitled to consular assistance and will get that.”

-Sam Fitzsimons