TSC Report Cited by The Washington Post: The Jihadist Plan to Use Women to Launch the Next Incarnation of ISIS
November 27, 2017

The Jihadist Plan to Use Women to Launch the Next Incarnation of ISIS

The Washington Post
By: Souad Mekhennet & Joby Warrick


The woman’s secret flight from the caliphate took place more than six months ago, aided by a smuggler who helped her sneak across the Syria-Turkey border one spring night. But in spirit, this red-haired exile from the Islamic State never truly left.

She covered herself in black from head to toe to greet a recent visitor to the small Moroccan house where she stays and removed her veil only when assured that her guest, also a woman, was alone. Over sips of mint tea, she spoke admiringly of her militant husband and the comrades she met in the Islamic State’s all-female brigade. Calling herself Zarah — she declined to give her family name because she had traveled to Syria in secret — she vowed that her children would someday reclaim the Islamist paradise she believes was stolen from her family …

For months, terrorism officials have been expecting a wave of returnees from the caliphate. But not this one.

In Morocco, the North African kingdom whose coastline faces continental Europe from across the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, just over 1,600 male fighters have traveled to Iraq or Syria since 2012 to join the Islamic State, along with a nearly equal number of women and children, according to figures compiled by The Soufan Group, a private firm that advises governments and corporations on security matters … 


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