Up to 40 Australian women, including ‘jihadi brides’, supporting terrorist activity in Syria and Iraq, Julie Bishop says

Up to 40 Australian women are known to have taken part in or supported terrorist activity in Syria, Iraq and Australia, including so-called “jihadi brides”, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says.

Ms Bishop confirmed the figure in Parliament while pointing to an “increasing number of young females” joining Islamic State, despite them being used as sexual slaves and in some cases as suicide bombers.