Sunday, September 21, 2014

Global Impact: IS Seeking Large Number of Women as Wives of IS Fighters, Bearing of Children

According to The Los Angeles Times, after declaring an Islamic caliphate in large sections of Syria and Iraq, is seeking to attract women who are impressionable enough to be persuaded by demands and promises of large sums of money.

In internet postings and social media messaging, Sunni extremists are seeking women to marry their fighters, have their children as a bizarre component of nation-building.

Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online Islamic State (IS) militant groups, says that IS is desperate for women to add to its ranks.

Even before the proliferation of IS, women, mostly Europeans, began arriving in both Iraq and Syria to serve as wives of foreign fighters, says Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, a Qatar-based think tank.

COMMENT: IS characterizes itself as an emerging nation with its own government institutions, schools, traffic regulations, police forces, etc.

There are often suggestions that female recruits can become teachers, nurses or physicians, yet some reports suggest that IS women are not permitted to leave home except in the custody of a fighter, risking detention or even whipping if caught.

Yet, strangely, last month a Colorado woman, 19, pleaded guilty in a Denver federal court to providing material support to IS after she attempted to travel to Syria to join the militants.

At least one Minnesota woman reportedly traveled to Syria recently telling her parents that she left home to help treat wounded IS fighters.

Over the Labor Day weekend, one teenage girl was arrested in southern France who allegedly arrested after being recruited by a man who was arrested before the two could leave France.

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