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Tunisia’s ‘sex jihadis’ who were sent to Syria to have sex with 100 rebels EACH are coming home pregnant with their children

  • Tunisian government minister reveals  women who travelled to Syria to comfort Islamist opposition fighters in sexual  jihad are returning pregnant
  • Lotfi ben Jeddou said women return home  after ‘having sexual relations with 20,30,100’ front-line fighters 
  • Minister insisted border security has  been tightened to restrict young people from travelling to war-torn  country
  • Earlier this year a group of girls  reportedly went to rebel-held Northern Syria to offer themselves in ‘sexual  jihad’
  • Religious orders or ‘fatwas’ were  reportedly circulated online calling on women to take part

By  Martin Jay In Beirut and Jennifer Smith

PUBLISHED: 13:34 EST, 20  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 13:35 EST, 20 September 2013

Tunisian women who have travelled to Syria to  offer themselves to Islamist fighters are returning home pregnant with rebels’  children, it has been revealed.

A Tunisian government minister told members  of parliament this week the women, who are waging ‘sexual jihad’, are ‘having  sexual relations with 20,30,100’ men before returning to Tunisia  pregnant.

Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou made the  revelations at the National Constituent Assembly on Thursday, though didn’t  elaborate on the number of women who have returned in this  condition.

Tunisian women who travelled to Syria to offer themselves to Islamist opposition fighters in sexual jihad are returning pregnant, a government minister has claimed  

Tunisian women who travelled to Syria to offer  themselves to Islamist opposition fighters in sexual jihad are returning  pregnant, a government minister has claimed

‘After the sexual liaisons they have there in  the name of ‘jihad  al-nikah’ — (sexual holy war, in Arabic) — they come home  pregnant,’ he said.

Jihad al-nikah, permitting extramarital  sexual relations with multiple  partners, is considered by some hardline Sunni  Muslim Salafists as a  legitimate form of holy war.

The minister also did not say how many  Tunisian women were thought to  have gone to Syria for such a purpose, although  media reports have said  hundreds have done so, France 24 revealed.

However, Ben Jeddou also said that since he  assumed office in March, ‘six  thousand of our young people have been prevented  from going’ to the  country.

He has said in the past that border controls  have been boosted to intercept young Tunisians seeking to travel to  Syria.

Earlier this year a group of Tunisian girls  travelled to rebel-held Northern Syria to offer themselves to opposition  fighters.

Their action came after growing in concern in  Tunisia about religious orders or ‘fatwas’ that circulated the internet calling  on Muslim women to perform jihad through sex.

A Tunisian minister of religious  affairs appealed  to girls at the time not to be influenced by Islamic preachers outside of  Tunisia who made a number of ‘sexual fatwas’.

Syrian rebels are pictured after taking control of Raqqa. 

Syrian rebels are pictured after taking control of  Raqqa. Reports from suggest 13 girls travelled to the rebel-held North to offer  themselves as sex workers

Noureddine al-Khadimi rejected ‘sexual jihad’ fatwas, urging Tunisian people and state institutions to  not respond to them.

Tunisian newspapers reported that a young  Tunisian man divorced his wife, and that they both headed to Syria almost a  month ago to ‘allow her to engage in sexual jihad with the mujahideen’ there.

This report followed earlier ones of a video  widely circulated on the internet and social websites in Tunisia shows the  parents of a veiled girl called Rahmah, 17.

They said Rahmahat disappeared from home one morning and they ‘later  learned that she had headed to Syria to carry out sexual jihad.’

The young girl has since returned to her  family, who have kept her out of sight, and said that their daughter is not a  religious fanatic ‘but was influenced by her fellow students who are known for  their affiliation with the jihadist Salafist.’

Her parents said these fellow students may  have brainwashed her and convinced her to travel to Syria ‘to support the  mujahideen there.’

Pictured Syrian rebel checks an anti-aircraft weapon 

There are concerns in Tunisia about the influence of  online videos calling for women to engage in a ‘sexual jihad’. Pictured Syrian  rebel checks an anti-aircraft weapon


Free Syrian Army fighters are pictured taking their positions Syrian army forces  

Free Syrian Army fighters are pictured taking their  positions Syrian army forces

News websites and social networks in Tunisia  circulated a fatwa attributed to Sheikh Mohamed al-Arifi  in which he  called upon ‘Muslim women’ to perform jihad through sex.

However, sources close to the sheikh denied  that he had issued the fatwa, stressing that anyone who circulates or believes  it is insane.

Saudi Arabia was widely considered to be  financially backing the Syrian rebels fighting in Northern Syria and whose  hardcore ‘Salafist’ strand of Islam influences a great number of the young  fighters – many of whom are ‘jihadists’ and come from all around the world,  including the UK.

Reports in Tunisia stressed though that the  fatwa had gained much attention on pro-Syrian regime websites, the goal of which  may be to tarnish the image of the Islamic fighters by stressing a key point of  Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad that fundamentalists, supported by Salafist groups  in Saudi Arabia, are amongst the Syrian rebels.

A Syrian opposition fighter runs for cover from Syrian army snipers.  

A Syrian opposition fighter runs for cover from Syrian  army snipers. Tunisian have appealed to girls to ignore then ‘sexual jihad’  internet calls

Al-Hadi Yahmad, a researcher on the affairs  of Islamic groups, told Al-Hayat: ‘The issue of sexual jihad was initially  attributed to a Saudi sheikh who denied it, and this fatwa is abnormal and not  endorsed by religious scholars.’

He added that this fatwa — had it indeed  been issued — may involve Syrian girls living in Syria, who can ‘support the  mujahideen by marrying them for a few hours.’

Under Islamic law, a man can marry and  consummate a marriage with his bride, before divorcing her the next day without  any resistance from the bride or her family simply by following religious  etiquette.

Noor Eddin al-Khadimi, said that Tunisians  should not abide by the fatwa.

Her calls were duplicated by the Tunisian  opposition also.

Salma al-Raqiq, a Tunisian opposition figure,  said that the ‘jihad marriages’ were a disgrace for the Tunisians.

She also called on the authorities to start  dealing with the increasing phenomenon of Tunisian jihadis heading to Syria to  join radical Islamist groups.

Al-Raqiq told the UPI press agency that the  phenomenon was a dangerous one. She said that young girls, including minors,  have been sent to Syria to ‘marry’ jihadis for a few hours

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