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CRT News Coverage
November 26, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Cowgirl’ Paris jihadi ‘will inspire more women’ to become ISIS suicide bombers

by
Henry Jackson Society

Originally published in the Daily Star

THE STORY of Paris female jihadi Hasna Aitboulahcen could “inspire” crazed wannabe suicide bombers here in the UK, terror experts have claimed.

But counter terrorism expert Emily Dyer says media reports into the dramatic stand-off could encourage women to launch lone wolf attacks right here in Britain.

More than 550 women from the West – including more than 100 from the UK – have fled to Syria to live alongside ISIS fighters.

“We do know that this has been in the news and this will be in the conscience of Europeans and it could inspire people,” said Ms Dyer of the Henry Jackson Society, a British think tank for foreign affairs.

“You could read about Aitboulahcen and say to yourself that ‘this is the role I want to play’.

“Who is to say that some will not be inspired by that?

“This is potentially western Europe’s first female suicide bomber.”

Ms Dyer added: “ISIS have always stepped away from using women in violent conflict – but that is not to say that they will not use them in the future.

“It could happen at any time. We just do not know.”

Female Islamic dress – the burka – means explosive vests can be concealed easily, Ms Dyer added.

Ms Dyer’s warning comes as , 17, was beaten to death by the sick terror group after trying to flee Syria, according to reports

She highlights how recruiters – many of whom are female – will tell women and girls that they will have a real identity in Syria under ISIS.

“It is hard enough being a young Muslim woman,” she added. “All young people have problems regarding identity and there are a lot of unanswered questions [in life].

“But ISIS tries to offer an answer to those questions.”

She added that female ISIS members have been “hugely effective” in recruiting women from western Europe.

“There is a big sense of sisterhood,” Ms Dyer said. “It is all very idyllic.”