Date
22 August 2017
Demonstrators call for an end to the atrocities committed by ISIS militants in the Middle East during a protest action in Arnhem, the Netherlands, earlier this month. Photo: AFP
Demonstrators call for an end to the atrocities committed by ISIS militants in the Middle East during a protest action in Arnhem, the Netherlands, earlier this month. Photo: AFP

Malaysian women said to have joined ISIS as ‘comfort women’

Malaysian women are believed to have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to offer sexual comfort to the jihadist group’s fighters, The Malaysian Insider reported, citing senior intelligence officials.

Authorities confirmed that at least three Malaysian women have travelled to the Middle East since December last year to establish contact with ISIS forces and offer themselves for such a role, the news website said.

The controversial practice is known as Jihad Al-Nikah or sexual jihad, in which Sunni women allegedly offer themselves for the sexual comfort of fighters for the establishment of Islamic rule. It is said to have originated from a Wahhabi edict in 2013, calling on Sunni women supporters to come forward for sex jihad and boost the morale of fighters battling against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria.

“This concept may seem controversial but it has arisen as certain Muslim women here are showing sympathy for the ISIS struggle,” an intelligence official told The Malaysian Insider.

Malaysian women were not the only ones performing sexual jihad but also Muslim women from other countries, the official said.

“Intelligence exchanged with other countries revealed that Sunni Muslim women from Australia and the United Kingdom had also joined up with ISIS,” he said.

More than 600 British and 100 Australian Muslim women are believed to be performing the sexual jihad, the official said.

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