The brutal jihadi group ISIS have become so desperate for suicide bombers, they have now started to train up an all-women battalion of bombers in Syria.
Activists from the human rights group ‘Syria is being Slaughtered Silently’ claim that sources inside the ISIS held city of Raqqa learnt the jihadis have turned to women to carry out training for deadly attacks.
An Egyptian woman was offered her a large amount of money and the promise to ‘go to your husband in heaven’ if she became a ISIS suicide bomber.
It is thought the new jihadi bride suicide squad will be trained up to carry out deadly bomb attacks as the jihadi group believe women are less likely to arouse suspicion.
The activist group also suggested that it is unlikely ISIS will use foreign jihadi brides from the notorious al-Khansaa brigades, who patrol the streets of Raqqa.
The propaganda success of the al-Khansaa brigades, which are thought to include several British women including ex rocker Sally Jones, are a key part of ISIS’s terrifying image.
Due to the value of foreign women in ISIS held territory, the jihadi group have been targeting Arab women to make up the new suicide battalion, having run low of teenagers.
The activist group’s report also cited a woman known only as Farah, who is from Raqqa. She claims an ISIS woman approached her and hinted ISIS needed women for ‘battles to protect Raqqa’.
Farah was told that the defence of Raqqa was part of her ‘duty to the city’.
‘The conversation of this woman started to evolve trying to convince me to join ISIS , but what more surprised me was that she asked me to join a new women battalion of ISIS and their mission is not to fight , but to carry out a suicidal operations being the enemy of ISIS,’ she said.
‘They (the enemy) won’t expect that a woman would do such an operation,’ Farah was told.
The ISIS recruiter also told Farah that the jihadi group would ‘take care of her family after her death and will give the a large sum of money before the implementation of the operation.’
‘Alkhansa’a battalion has a bad reputation among the civilians, and it is a nightmare for the women in Raqqa city as a result for the practices they do to provoke people for personal reasons,’ activist Abu Mohammed wrote.
The activist claimed that some of the women who joined al-Khansaa battalion used to work in prostitution before the arrival of ISIS and ‘joined to get high salaries’ or avoid being stoned.
The female suicide squad suggests ISIS’s fears for its defence of the city of Raqqa with an large forthcoming Kurdish-led offensive expected soon.
Trenches and gun installations have been added as the jihadis have been busy shoring up its defences for the city.
TWO TURKISH POLICE OFFICERS AND SEVEN ISIS JIHADIS KILLED IN TURKEY
Two Turkish policemen and seven Islamic State militants were killed in a firefight after a dawn raid by police on more than a dozen houses in Turkey’s southeast early today.
The clash took place in the Kayapinar district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. It was the first such shoot-out between Turkish security forces and suspected ISIS militants in an inner city; previous confrontations have taken place on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Five police officers were wounded while 12 militants were captured alive.
Blood stained floors of two neighbouring apartments that police said militants used to store weapons. Holes from bullets and explosives marred the walls, according to one witness.
Police said the militants had booby-trapped the property with explosives and smoke continued to rise from smouldering piles after the raid.
The raid on the two apartments was among 17 simultaneous operations launched against Islamic State groups today, the Diyarbakir governor’s office said in a statement.
Turkish authorities have extended operations into suspected Islamic State cells after a double suicide bombing in Ankara that killed more than 100 people, the worst attack of its kind in Turkey’s modern history, was blamed on the militant group.
Last week, President Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian intelligence and Kurdish militants, not only Islamic State, were behind the attack on a rally of pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups.
Erdogan said Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, Syrian secret police and the Syrian Kurdish PYD militia had worked together with Islamic State in the bombing on October 10.