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A member loyal to (ISIS) waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa June 29%2c 2014%2c Reuters

A member loyal to (ISIS) waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa June 29%2c 2014%2c Reuters

A member loyal to (ISIS) waves an ISIS flag in Raqqa June 29%2c 2014%2c Reuters

Riyadh- ISIS adopted ideological radicalization, and notions of female to attract men for recruitment. Women on the other hand- also playing vital roles in the ISIS grand scheme- have been lured in by slogans praising the woman’s restoration to its Islamic traditional given role. Women, in other words, should invest their time in being mothers, housewives and partakers in the bloody war led by ISIS.

Such endorsement makes ISIS different from al-Qaeda, the latter always kept female participation in terrorism undercover and unpublicized. However, both organizations are ghastly spent over ideological radicalization and terror crimes.

ISIS has revealed the true nature of the extremist belief system it applies when women are concerned. The terrorist group has taken advantage of female figures for each of recruitment, promoting terrorist ideology, and then finally employing them as terrorist practitioners. Terrorist females have become an ISIS hallmark across the world and a main anchor to extremism.

Al- Qaeda had employed women as a principal partner for the process of organization, and also appointed several types of missions to them. The terrorist group took advantage of some of the women congregations, which are usually unmonitored by security, to carry out recruitment and funding.

Knowing the extent of women participation in terror funding, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took action cutting off all subsidies which were being dealt around and transferred in the name of “charity”. Terrorist women have gone as far as transporting explosives, defending male extremists and using machine guns.

Security authorities in Saudi Arabia have sent a number of women for being suspected of affiliation with al-Qaeda to public prosecution. Among the trials acted, Hila al-Qassir was sentenced to 15 years in prison for being involved with terrorist actions and collaborating with extremists.

Security bodies carried out investigations with two other women who had attempted to escape to the war-torn Yemen, taking their children along with them.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior stated that, two years ago, it arrested 62 members of a terrorist cell who are held responsible for helping Baghdadi and al-Joreish escape.

Authorities have passed around 44 other detailed statements to Interpol for the two women’s involvement in terrorist activities.