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Sisters in arms: why women fight for Islamic State

A document has emerged detailing the repressive rules governing women's lives

By Charlie Winter  

Female Islamic State fighters

Just what is it that motivates young western women to sign up for jihad? The role of those who travel to Iraq and Syria with a view to joining Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group that now controls a territory larger than the United Kingdom, is a current source of fascination for the western media. Why would girls who have grown up in liberal, democratic states willingly sign up to a group that decapitates, crucifies and immolates those it perceives to be its…

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