Despairing women and the craven men who exploit them — is this what the “great” jihad has come to? “US says women suicide bombers seeking revenge in Iraq,” from AFP, July 26:
BAQUBA, Iraq (AFP) “” In the war-ravaged streets of Iraq, US-led forces say insurgents are recruiting women driven by despair or revenge to act as suicide bombers in the latest tactic against coalition troops.
Motivated by poverty, desperation or vengeance against the US-led military they blame for the deaths of family members, vulnerable women are easy prey for insurgents promising them a place in a paradise afterlife.
Thursday evening a female suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded 20 after she detonated her explosives-filled vest in Baquba, the capital of Diyala, one of the most dangerous regions in the country.
The bomber targeted a Sahwa or Awakening patrol of Iraqi forces — former insurgents recruited to fight Al-Qaeda in Iraq and paid by the US military.
The blast demonstrates a growing trend of using women in insurgent attacks attributed to Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which have claimed hundreds of lives across the volatile country.
On July 7, another female suicide bomber killed two people and wounded 14 others after blowing herself up at a bustling street market in Baquba.
“One of the reasons for women to kill like this is a desire for vengeance,” said Captain Kevin Ryan, commander of a US base in Baquba. “Often, they have lost parents, brothers or children in the fighting.”
Revenge is a powerful motive which followers of Osama bin Laden are keen to exploit, said Iraqi army Colonel Ali Al-Karkhi, who is responsible for security in the Khan Bani Saad district 30 kilometres (19 miles) outside Baquba.
“Some want vengeance for the fact their families have disappeared,” he told AFP, adding, “and it is easy for them to target those people they believe are responsible.”
“Last year in the Magdadiya district, a woman who had five sons killed by the Iraqi police, blew herself up close to a group of police recruits looking to join up. She killed 30 civilians and 15 police officers,” he said.
Women without education, or even those who suffer from learning disabilities, are particularly targeted by extremists.
“Al-Qaeda look for this type of profile, then they train them and indoctrinate them,” Ryan said.
“They keep them locked up and tell them over and over again that if they blow themselves up, they will go to paradise,” Karkhi said.
If only all of al-Qaeda had this same strong “conviction” to go to paradise, after a flurry of explosions, the organization would soon be gone — only, of course, to be replaced by the next batch of jihadis and would-be “martyrs.”
[…]The two officers believe the reliance on suicide attacks reveals Al-Qaeda forces in the region have been pushed back.
The use of female suicide bombers “shows the cowardice and the weakness of Al-Qaeda in Baquba. They send suicide bombers because here, (Al-Qaeda’s) time has passed,” Zarra said.