Al Qaeda seeks the vengeful and outcast for female suicide bombers

08/21/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

In Iraq's Diyala province, female suicide bomber attacks have been especially deadly, given that the long robes and gowns favored by devout women can conceal weapons, and men are not permitted by social custom to frisk them. Al Qaeda in Iraq has sought to recruit among the uneducated and devout women who prize loyalty to family over most other concerns. In many cases, women are recruited through marriage, as Al Qaeda in Iraq emirs share wives in arrangements that can lead to abuse and despair.

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