Taliban Uses Married Couple, 8-Year-Old Girl In Bombings

In recent years there have been a handful of female suicide bombers in Iraq and other regions of the world, but the Taliban claims it never used women to carry out suicide attacks — until now. It's believed the Taliban was behind two unrelated attacks this weekend that involved women, and took the lives of more than a… » 6/26/11 11:25pm 6/26/11 11:25pm

Is It Sexist To Wonder Why Women Would Become Suicide Bombers?

With today's arrest of three women thought to be wannabe suicide bombers in Iraq » 8/06/08 1:00pm 8/06/08 1:00pm, it's probably about time to wonder, again, what drives women to do this. We've posited of on the topic recently as the violence committed by women in Iraq has increased sharply this year. But something else: the media is obsessed with…

What Better Way To Celebrate Being An Iraqi Woman Than Blowing Shit Up?

Remember when female suicide bombers seemed totally exotic? Well, there is one glass ceiling the Better Half of The Iraq has spent the past year detonating. Monday's bombing in Kirkuk, wherein four Sunni lady bombers sacrificed themselves to kill 57 and wound another 280 of their fellow first and second-class… » 7/30/08 1:00pm 7/30/08 1:00pm

Women's Lives Becoming Increasingly Expendable In War Zones

The end result of a suicide bombing remains the same whether it's the work of a woman or a man. And yet, female suicide bombers remain relatively rare in Iraq, despite the lower status of women in society as a whole. There have been less than 30 female suicide bombers of more than 1,000 total in Iraq since the "end"… » 6/23/08 4:00pm 6/23/08 4:00pm

"Daughters Of Iraq" Are Working To Take Back The Neighborhood

There have been over 20 "successful" female suicide bombers in Iraq since November, and U.S. and Iraqi forces have begun hiring local women to join their neighborhood security associations as a way to quell the tide of attacks. The Daughters of Iraq, an offshoot of the group Sons of Iraq, are working "in pairs,… » 6/04/08 9:30am 6/04/08 9:30am