ISIS for first time urging women to join battle to combat dwindling manpower

Muslim suicide bomber with child.

The Islamic State is increasingly urging women to fight in its battles, in a significant ideological move that highlights the group’s desperate bid to boost its manpower.

Women had not previously participated in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s armed struggle, with the single exception of an all-female brigade responsible for policing females in their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

However, with the jihadists losing large numbers of militants in the fight for Raqqa and Mosul in Iraq they have begun to adjust its narrative to appeal to an untapped resource – female fighters.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Wonderful equality. Let’s hope they come to Sanctuary Cities here in the US.

  • Tooth&Claw

    This changes nothing.Except that perhaps the women are easier to kill on sight.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This means it would be harder for the men to find safety by wearing burkas.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This may all be well and good for ISIS, but can the women they recruit stand up to these?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxhDopW4lHk

    Or these?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArIMUtAE0Ho