Wednesday, February 4, 2009

And You Think You Have A Hard Job

This is actually not funny but I can not begin to fathom to imagine the mindset it takes to do this.


The CNN Wire Latest updates on top stories
February 3rd, 2009
Iraqis nab suspected recruiter of female bombers
Posted: 10:26 AM ET
From Jomana Karadsheh
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — She’s been called the “mother of all believers,” a middle-aged woman possibly responsible for recruiting more than 80 women to
carry out female bombings in Iraq and for involvement in at least 28 bombing-related incidents.

Now she’s in jail, arrested on January 21 in what an Iraqi commandercalled “heroic” security force operations that unfolded without “any losses.”

Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta, spokesman for the Baghdad command, identified thesuspect as Samira Ahmed Jassim, also known as Umm-al-Moumineen, or “the mother
of all believers.” The arrest is considered a major stride in confronting thechallenge of female suicide bombers, more than 30 of whom detonated themselveslast year.

Atta couldn’t say where she was detained for intelligence reasons. That’s because authorities are after more targets.

The bombers were recruited in Baghdad and Diyala province for the Ansar al-Sunna militant group, said Atta, who added police are aware of the
identities of the women, including their fake names on fake IDs, and are on the hunt for them. They are also trying to verify Jassim’s confessions.

Atta played a DVD for reporters with excerpts of the confessions of Jassim, who is in her 40s or 50s. Wearing a black robe and veil, she said she
was asked by a man named “Shaker” to recruit women for an Ansar al-Sunnaoperative named Hareth, also known as Abu Rami.

She spoke about a number of the women she recruited, spending days talking to prospective operatives and persuading them to carry out attacks.

Jassim said she would deliver a recruit to Shaker.

Later, she returned and picked up the recruit, dropping them at locations like the Muqdadiya police station, a Sons of Iraq office and a Baghdad car park.

One woman she recruited didn’t even look at Jassim when she was picked up for a job. She just whispered Quranic verses en route to a bombing. Another woman — described as psychologically challenged — came from a financially hard-up family.

In November, 18 would-be female suicide bombers turned themselves in to coalition forces in northern Iraq .

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