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Women Want to be in al Qaeda

Equal Opportunity? Women Want Right to Serve — in al Qaeda

Al Qaeda and the United States military do share one thing in common: the debate to allow women in combat.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al Qaeda’s second in command, stated in April that the terrorist group does not have women in its ranks and that the women’s role should be restricted to domestic work and nurturing children. This raised an outcry from women eager to fight and who believe their right to fight are being denied.

The director of the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors Internet sites that cater to more militant factions said:

Women were very disappointed because what al-Zawahiri said is not what’s happening today in the Middle East, especially in Iraq or Palestinian groups. Suicide operations are being carried out by women, who play an important role in jihad.

Experts indicate that there are no women in Osama bin Laden’s inner decision-making core group, but outside that group there are many offshoots where women may play important roles. In a bleak variation of starting on the bottom rung, women are increasingly serving as suicide bombers. In Iraq since the 2003 invasion, women have been responsible for at least 20 attempted suicide bombings and the US military has said in the past year they have captured al Qaeda members suspected of being trained to use suicide belts. Though al Qaeda is an all-boys club, women are signing up other places. To find out where,


Other groups in the Middle East have come to terms with the fact that women soldiers should be counted among their ranks. Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, has an open policy when it comes to utilizing women soldiers. Huda Naim, a women’s leader in Hamas said: “A lot of girls I speak to . . . Want to carry weapons. We don’t have a special militant wing for women . . . But that doesn’t mean we strip women of the right to go to jihad.”

The Internet is giving women anxious to serve, a voice. One said, "How many times have I wished I were a man . . . When Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri said there are no women in al Qaeda, he saddened and hurt me. I felt that my heart was about to explode in my chest. . . . I am powerless." Does it stand to reason that if women are compelled to serve in the military, they would feel the same ideological pull to serve in organizations like al Qaeda and Hamas? Should they be allowed to serve?


UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I think we should encourage them to join. Just think, it would almost be like self-genocide.
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
Sorry for the long post... if anyone's interested the rest of the article is posted here:
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
Did America tell them they looked fat in their burkas or something?? But seriously, the fragmented nature of the insurgencies mean that it's really not a question of "allowing" women to play a role in their silly little jihad; there have already been suicide bombings instigated by women and children in Iraq. I think the "warrior mentality" is something far more common in men, but wanting to effect change on behalf of an ideal (not that I'm implying there's anything noble in their aspirations) is something both sexes share. I read an article about female pilots in Afghanistan and their experiences on another website. Here's a quote: "For weeks, the Army detachment had lived with Northern Alliance Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a hulking and prickly haired war veteran thrilled to watch American air power cripple his Taliban foes. Just 16 hours after Black landed at Karshi-Kanabad Air Base in neighboring Uzbekistan, she had been shuttled to her first-ever combat mission. It was off to a choppy start. Although the crew had successfully destroyed a bank of rocket launchers and several Taliban trucks, they were forced to evade anti-aircraft fire that pelted the Spectre’s steel belly. “All they needed was a high-caliber [anti-aircraft] system to present a problem,” Black said. “We were definitely on edge.” Dented but intact, the gunship flew on. Operational Detachment Alpha 595, from the Army’s 5th Special Forces Group, lit up Black’s radio as her plane neared its encampment. With Dostum’s help, the troops had learned of a nearby safe house packed with more than 200 Taliban and al-Qaida fighters. Black began to chart the course. When her voice crackled over the soldiers’ field radios, Dostum was delightedly incredulous. A woman? Sent to kill the Taliban? “He couldn’t believe it,” Black said. “He thought it was the funniest thing.” The Spectre neared and its cannons erupted. Unaccustomed to the Gatling gun’s mechanized snarl, the fighters confused the airstrike with a ground assault. Militants scattered into the fields, seeking cover in ditches and vehicles, although Black could see their heat-signature silhouettes from her console by the cockpit. Dostum, hidden with the Army detachment several miles away, said the Taliban also believed a high-powered laser pointer used by Spectre operators to identify ground targets — a “sparkle,” in Air Force spec ops speak — was a death ray that turned everything it touched to flames. As the hailstorm of munitions continued, Dostum grabbed his walkie-talkie, switched to the Taliban’s unsecured frequency and relayed to them the sound of Black’s chatter coming through Army radio. He used the female pilot’s voice to taunt them as they bled. “He said, ‘America is so determined, they bring their women to kill the Taliban. You’re so pathetic,’” Black said. “‘It’s the angel of death raining fire upon you.’” After circling the safe house environs many times — striking militants after they’d regroup in threes and fours — the Spectre had just enough fuel to return to Uzbekistan."
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
hmm... tough call. i've heard hamas has better maternity leave than al qaeda. but al qaeda has excellent child care!
Eilonwy Eilonwy 9 years
all this truly reveals is that their message and belief system are being disseminated widely enough so as to spur both genders...terrible.
Eilonwy Eilonwy 9 years
The use of the term 'equal opportunity' in this case is, I feel, a contradiction in terms. There is no equality espoused by Al Qaeda. They may welcome women into their services; but, their over-arching purview is one of inequality and intolerance.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
no they shouldnt because that just adds another level of complete demonic craziness, we all know how women can act when mad. I believe in womens rights, but these people all deserve to rot in hades so i dont care about thier equality issues.
stephley stephley 9 years
Shoots down any theories that women are smarter or more peaceful than men (present company excluded).
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
This just leaves me speechless.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I hear the pay is also very discriminatory. Women in Al Qaeda who blow themselves up are only given 50 virgins in heaven whereas men are given 72.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
This is beyond frightening. I don't even know how to answer that question. I mean I guess they should be allowed to fight for and support what they believe in, but OH MY GOD clearly I don't condone ANYONE joining this group. The feminist in me and the humanitarian in me just had a meltdown.
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