Hannah Stuart

The jihadi sisterhood

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Islamist opposition to women fighters and bombers has been eroded due to their operational advantage and propaganda value </span></p>

‘Does the pin make me go 💥?’ Like most 16-year-old British schoolgirls, Safaa Boular was adept at using emojis. She wanted to ask her online mentor if, when she detonated a bomb belt, she could be sure of killing both herself and her target. Safaa was a fast learner and, before too long, was planning to involve her older sister and her mother in an attack on the British Museum, among other targets.

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