Irish citizen named as man captured by group fighting ISIS in Syria 3 years ago

Irish citizen named as man captured by group fighting ISIS in Syria

An Irish citizen has been named as a man being held by a group fighting ISIS.

The man, who has an Irish passport, was named as being captured by militias fighting the radical group in Syria.

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Gardaí have said the man was known to them due to their monitoring of individuals who are sympathetic to radical causes.

RTE reports that the man, who is 45-years-old, left his family to move to the Middle East in 2013.

Originally from Belarus, he had lived and worked in Ireland for a number of years before making the move.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he was aware of the situation but that he could not "comment on it in any detail."

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He added that the man, like all Irish citizens, is entitled to consular assistance.