When asked about the main reasons that have driven those women to become suicide bombers, Bajlan explained that 3 percent of those attacks were conducted by women who have lost close male relatives- a son or a husband- during security operations launched by Iraqi forces or Multi-National Force (MNF) personnel.I don't know how government officials obtain such precise figures for people who have been blown sky high. I suppose it's possible to interview living family members or the like. If this story accurately describes the tactics of our primary enemy in Iraq (AQI) then it simply provides an added indication of their depravity.
"But the majority of them, almost 97 percent, were forced to commit suicide bombings. Most of them were drugged and taken to the scene to carry out the operations," Bajlan noted.
"Up until this moment, we have not recognized the families of Diala's female suicide bombers, with the exception of one in al-Muqdadiya district, where investigation is still underway," Bajlan added.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Qassem Ata, an official spokesman for Baghdad's Fardh al-Qanoon (Law Imposing) security plan, said that the information available indicates that those female bombers "lacked a good religious and a cultural background, did not receive any education or have a political or a religious affiliation."
"Most of the cases may be attributed to illiteracy, and financial and psychological problems."
According to Ata, "Al-Qaeda in Iraq does not usually choose educated women…They are tempted by money and marriage proposals."
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
While browsing my favored Iraqi press source I spotted a story on the female suicide bombing phenomenon. I was unable to resist reading an Iraqi account.