“Moderate Saudi women push back against terrorist groups”

December 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

Caryle Murphy recently posted an article on the rise of extremism among women, and the need for women-based solutions to reverse the trend.

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Moderate Saudi women push back against terrorist groups

By Caryle Murphy

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Haylah Al Qusayir could keep a secret, hated Saudi security forces and ran a lucrative cash flow operation for Al Qaeda, sending it more than $293,000 from women who thought their jewelry and savings were supporting poor Muslim orphans.

So when the 36-year-old widow was arrested in March with 112 other alleged Al Qaeda operatives, it was a big loss for the extremist group. So big, in fact, they threatened to kidnap Saudi princes to swap for Al Qusayir.

“I wasn’t surprised that there is a woman who is an extremist,” said Basmah Al Fadul, a Riyadh housewife and volunteer with a government counterterrorism program. “But I was surprised at how much power she had.”

Al Qusayir’s capture brought to light a renewed concern for the Saudi government: The spread of extremist ideology among females and their potential involvement in violence.

Read more: http://www.minnpost.com/globalpost/2010/09/08/21205/moderate_saudi_women_push_back_against_terrorist_groups

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