When women joined the jihad in Syria
Syrian women are taking up arms against Bashar Assad, refusing to be victims of the regime's violence and sexual abuse, but will their new-found empowerment last?
Amira, a Syrian woman from Aleppo, operates a checkpoint in a rebel-held district, wearing a rifle and a hijab fashioned from the black flag of jihad. Before the revolution, she was relegated to the domestic sphere, but today, she is a soldier in a woman's battalion of the Islamist al-Ikhlas (Loyalty) Brigades. Prompted by the killing and displacement of family members, Amira transitioned from the home to the...
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