ISIS Female terrorist phenomenon is REAL and plotting attacks in EUROPE : Expert
Nearly 300 “highly educated and tough”, radicalised French women are currently in Syria with Islamic State, plotting attacks on their return to Europe, an expert on jihadists has warned.
Paris : Just two weeks ago, Paris prosecutor François Molins said a worrying number of “underage females with disturbing profiles and very tough personalities” were suspected of planning attacks on French soil.
This fear was confirmed after a “female terror commando” was identified last week, as part of three “fanatical and radicalised” women aged 19, 23 and 39 who were arrested after a car loaded with gas cylinders was found abandoned near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The 19-year-old, who is on the State’s official terrorist watch list, carried a “testament letter” in her handbag in which she pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS, police claimed.
Out of the 700 French nationals currently fighting alongside ISIS in Syria, 275 are women.
Jihad experts have warned that these women are often better educated than the men, and are more knowledgeable about Islam.
According to sociologist and Islam expert, Farhad Khosrokhavar, it’s only a matter of time before another woman carries out an attack on European soil in the name of ISIS.
Mr Khosrokhavar told Le Monde he was “not surprised” when the French counter-terrorism police announced the existence of a female-only commando.
He said: “For some Muslim women, becoming a jihadist is a calling. It’s obvious that the women behind last week’s car bomb scare planned the attack alone.
“They wanted to prove that they did not need the help of a man to plan a terror attack.”
The female jihadists often come from “middle-class families”, unlike men, who tend to come from “poorer backgrounds”, said Mr Khosrokhavar.
In addition, 20 to 30 per cent of women who have been radicalised in Europe converted to Islam, and were not born Muslim, a percentage Mr Khosrokhavar said was “very high”.
The vast majority of people become radicalised online, most often via the social networking website Facebook, says Mr Khosrokhavar.
He said: “A teenager can become radicalised in less than 10 days.”
The expert added they were often influenced by close friends who have already been seduced by radical Islam ideologies.
Many young women are “naïve” and truly believe that joining an insurgent group like ISIS is “exotic” and in support of a “humanitarian cause”, said Mr Khosrokhavar.
But they are no longer “passive”, he warns.
His shock warnings were backed up by Islamologist Mathieu Guidère who told Le Figaro the role of women within ISIS is becoming “increasingly important”.
He said: “This is the first time ISIS refers to a group of women as mujahideen. It opens up the door for more Muslim women in combat.”
However, the rise in the number of independent, female jihadists is a phenomenon that only applies to the West, and not to the Middle East.
Back on ISIS-held territory, women are still very much dependent on men.
Female jihadists are unlikely to commit suicide attacks because according to Islam, they cannot become “martyrs”, said Mr Guidère.
Source : Express.co.uk