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Pakistani Taliban starts magazine for would-be female jihadists

Sabah Mannan

Aiming to convince its target readership to join the militant group and take up jihad, the Pakistani Taliban has released the first edition of a new 45-paged women’s magazine.

Organizing secret gatherings at home and inviting like-minded jihadi sisters, distributing literature reflecting on the obligation of jihad, arranging physical training classes for sisters, learning how to operate simple weapons and learning the use of grenades are some of the objectives that the magazine points out to the readers.

As part of a brutal campaign that followed in late 2014 after the Taliban attacked a military-run school in Peshawar killing more than 150 people; mostly children, the Pakistani military has driven the Taliban out of many of its northwestern tribal areas.

Between 2013 and 2016, the number of civilian casualties of terrorism in Pakistan declined, though the Taliban continues to intermittently launch attacks, including one last month on a market in Lahore that killed 26 people.

The Taliban is a struggling organization that is trying to re-establish networks and membership after being hit hard on the battlefield in recent years. Women are a strategic demographic because they have the ability to exert influence over their children and encourage them to join it as well.

Sources: The Guardian, The Telegraph and Arab News.


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