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ISIS Manifesto Spells Out Role For Women ➠ Considered Legitimate To Be Married At The Age Of 9

ISIS militant announces his marriage to terrified 7-year old

Marriage and motherhood—not college degrees and careers—are the paramount goals for young girls living in the territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the fledgling terrorist organization known as ISIS. And girls need not wait until they’re in their 20s or 30s to attain either goal. That much can be gleaned from a “manifesto” on women that was recently disseminated by the group.

“It is considered legitimate for a girl to be married at the age of nine,” the manifesto says. “Most pure girls will be married by sixteen or seventeen, while they are still young and active.”

As accounts continue to surface of young women from around the world trekking to ISIS-controlled territory—including the three British schoolgirls believed to have recently crossed the Syrian border to join the jihadist group—the manifesto provides critical insight into the organization’s doctrine as it relates to women. “It allows us to look past that which is banded about on social media by Western supporters of IS, enabling us to get into the mind-set of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women who willingly join its ranks,” reads an analysis of the document by the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based counter-extremism think tank.

Though statistics on the group are notoriously difficult to confirm, the U.S. intelligence community believes that roughly 20,000 foreign fighters have travelled to Syria and Iraq since the Islamic State took control of large swaths of the region last year. And it’s widely believed that as many as 550 of those members are “Western” women. As those numbers continue to grow, the manifesto adds to the emerging picture of the group’s ultimate aims. More

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