Magazine article Security Management

The Psyche of Female Bombers

Magazine article Security Management

The Psyche of Female Bombers

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IT WASN'T SO LONG AGO that female soldiers were unheard of. Today they are no longer a rarity, and they have proven their worth in the field.

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A perverse corollary of this development has been the increase of female jihadists. Though men still constitute the vast majority of Islamist terrorists, women are increasingly taking part in operations in such places as Iraq, Egypt, Uzbekistan, and Jordan, as male strategists recognize their potential value.

Women bring various advantages to terrorist strikes, explains RAND Policy Analyst Farhana Ali in a recent article. For one, so few women conduct attacks that they don't draw suspicion. In addition, if covered in traditional Muslim dress, women can better conceal weapons and explosives as well as evade detection. Finally, "Attacks by women have historically generated greater public interest--and concern--from television and print media," she writes, giving their cause more attention.

Unfortunately, there is no set of factors to determine which women will embrace jihad, writes Ali. …

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