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Al-Qaeda Launches Women's Magazine

What Al-Qaeda's Women's Magazine Talks About

Dubbed the Jihad Cosmo, the marketers behind al-Qaeda's new women's glossy Al-Shamikha (the majestic woman) have clearly never read the sex-bible-in-list-form rag.

With a cover that looks more like a jihad textbook (albeit for girls) than a Western glossy, Al-Shamikha puts new spins on standard ladymag topics, like how to find and keep a mujahideen, get a flawless complexion (keep your face covered), and find happiness for good (martyrdom).

As it is an extension of al-Qaeda, the magazine does not even try to hide its true editorial mission: educate and involve women in the war against the enemies of Islam. It comes less than a year after the launch of Inspire, an al-Qaeda magazine for English speakers living in the Western world, which features articles like "What to Expect in Jihad" and "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom."

So while the whole idea that al-Qaeda is blurring the lines between holy war and relationship advice is disturbing, I will not call it the Jihad Cosmo until I see an article like "10 Ways to Bring Jihad to Bed."

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