ISIS recruits women to serve as suicide bombers as it loses ground in Mosul
As Iraqi troops and their allies push into densely populated neighbourhoods of Mosul, terror outfit ISIS has made a drastic U-turn on deploying female recruits, posing a challenge for security organisations. Militarised Iraqi police have now come within 5km of Mosul’s airport, which satellite images show has been heavily fortified by ISIS.
The terror organisation which has been losing its territory is now using more women to evade security measures and spearhead a wave of attacks across Europe and the Islamic world, according The Guardian. Previously, female members of ISIS were confined to support roles and kept away from the battlefield but the policy appears to have been reversed as US-led military pressure on its main strongholds in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
The experts have warned that Islamic State could focus on attacking the west if they are pushed out of Mosul. IT has been speculated that as ISIS gets squeezed in the Middle East it is going to try and pop up somewhere else, and that could include attacks in Europe and the United States.
Since August a series of plots involving women have been uncovered by security authorities in Europe and north Africa.Isis was reported to have deployed at least one female suicide bomber in Libya, while last month 10 alleged female attackers were arrested in Morocco. All were in their teens, had sworn allegiance to ISIS, and were in possession of bomb-making material. The women, believed to have been planning a series of suicide attacks.
Women have long played a role in Islamic militancy. There have been female terrorist suicide attackers for decades. ISIS had stifled the role of women in the ‘caliphate’ by limiting them to the house, ensuring they raise the next generation of jihadi militants and provide for their husbands.
In recent months, ISIS has lost significant ground in Libya, and its core territory in Iraq and Syria. Experts say that as ISIS starts to lose more ground, their pool of recruits will grow smaller, meaning that they’ll need more women to take up combat roles.