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The female 'rock stars' of terror

Women such as Saja al-Dulaimi and Joumana Hmayed are often used for smuggling messages, money and arms by extremist groups in addition to suicide bombing operations.

Extremist groups have often publicized the role of women as caregivers responsible for raising a future generation of militants willing to die for the Islamic cause. However, with the outbreak of the civil war in nearby Syria, women have come to play a more prominent, albeit indirect, role in terrorism around Lebanon

Last December, Iraqi citizen Saja al-Dulaimi was arrested in north Lebanon while traveling with counterfeit documents. The woman, who belongs to Iraqi's large al-Dulaimi tribe, is believed to be the daughter of an Islamic State (IS) emir and the sister of a woman allegedly behind a September 2008 suicide attack in Erbil.

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