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Melissa Sim
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

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Behind the veil of foreign jihad brides

The Straits Times | Melissa Sim | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

ISIS women fighters during the training with AK 47 in Ar raaqa.

WASHINGTON -On Twitter, @Umm_Talib comes across as a typical foodie. She cooks for friends, posts photos of restaurants and recently retweeted an appetising shot of a Vietnamese chicken salad.

But there is more to her than meets the eye.

Her posts, mostly in English, often include the word "jihad", and her profile picture is that of a women covered in a black niqab (a veil showing only the eyes), holding a gun.

The text across the photo reads: "I know what I am doing. Paradise has a price, and I hope this will be the price for paradise."

This price she speaks of is becoming a jihadi bride and moving from what reports deduce as Britain to Syria to join the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has been making headlines in recent months for beheading two American journalists.

And she is not the only foreign-born woman who wants to be a jihadi bride. The Arabic word "jihad" means "struggling", but has been wrongly used to mean "holy war".

There have been female jihadists in the past, for example, the Chechen black widows who have carried out numerous suicide bombings since 2000 to avenge their dead husbands and family members killed in the uprising against Russia.

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