Fundamentalist clerics encouraging women to hook up with lonely jihadists

Fundamentalist clerics encouraging women to hook up with lonely jihadists

The jihadists fighting on the frontlines of the Syrian civil war are the rock stars of fundamentalist Islam. Fans make internet videos compiling their greatest hits, and Islamist-run TV stations extol the fighters’ manliness and fighting prowess.

And just like rock stars, these religious fanatics also attract groupies.

Scores of young Tunisian women have been traveling to Syria to wage “sex jihad” and boost the morale of love-starved Islamists, according to Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou. “[The women] have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100 [rebels],” the minister claimed in an address before the country’s constituent assembly, adding that many of the girls return home pregnant. “They come back bearing the fruit of sexual contacts in the name of sexual jihad and we are silent doing nothing and standing idle.”

The minister didn’t say how many girls have headed to Syria with dreams of making out with a mujahideen, but the local media claims hundreds have done so, says Agence France-Presse.

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