Tunisia to Fight 'Sex Jihad' Trips to Syria

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Tunisia's women's ministry said Saturday it would come up with a plan to counter the growing number of women travelling to Syria to wage so-called "sex jihad" by comforting militants.

"The ministry intends to boost its cooperation with both government and non-government bodies on this issue to come up with appropriate ways to thwart the plans of those who encourage such practices," a ministry statement said.

"The ministry will work to introduce a plan of information, sensitivity and education targeting women and families everywhere to warn them of the seriousness of these practices," it said.

A crisis group has already been set up, it added.

Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou told the National Constituent Assembly on Thursday that Tunisian women had gone to Syria where "they have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100" militants.

"After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of 'jihad al-nikah' -- (sexual holy war, in Arabic) -- they come home pregnant," he told MPs.

Ben Jeddou did not elaborate on how many Tunisian women had returned to the country pregnant with the children of jihadist fighters.

On Saturday, the health ministry statement said it had noted "an increase in the number of young women leaving for so-called jihad al-nikah", although it did not give any figures.

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.

Media reports have said hundreds of Tunisian women have gone to Syria for this purpose, in addition to hundreds of Tunisian men joining jihadists battling the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Ben Jeddou said that since he assumed office in March, "six thousand of our young people have been prevented from going there".

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

Media reports say thousands of Tunisians have, over the past 15 years, joined jihadists across the world in Afghanistan Iraq and Syria, mainly travelling via Turkey or Libya.

Comments 13
Thumb lebanon_first 21 September 2013, 20:44

unbeleivable....

Thumb Loubnani 21 September 2013, 21:27

Speechless!

Missing phillipo 21 September 2013, 22:50

Well, at least they won't be amongst the 72 virgins promised to each shahid.

Thumb irus_da_virus 21 September 2013, 23:09

I think this is just an excuse for those girls to get laid, what a joke. It seems that orgies are happening as well, that explains the loss of territory by the rebels ;)

Thumb cityboy 21 September 2013, 23:25

Hezz girls doing the same, you lying piece of trash.

Thumb cityboy 21 September 2013, 23:43

gabby is troll which naharnet seems to have no problem entertaining on here. he adds no value to any topic or conversation.

Default-user-icon Hammerhead (Guest) 22 September 2013, 00:43

Marwand: You say sex jehad is the source of a false Fatwa attributed to a Salafi cleric which he denied was made. Had this cleric actually made this Fatwa, would it be deemed legal in the eyes of a Moslem? What weight do does any Fatwa have that is declared by any cleric of Islam? And how many fatwa's by Islamic scholars through the ages have become part of Islamic doctrine? With all due respects.

Missing putin1 22 September 2013, 01:43

The funny thing about you M14, Saudi-supporter and salafist fanatics is this: "This is forbidden in Islam." You attacked NY and Washington on Sep 11 and kept on saying is not part of Islam. You are bombing Shiaa in Iraq and Syria and you are saying its not part of Islam. You killed Christians in Egypt, Iraq and Syria and you turn and say it is not part of Islam. Show me your true religion please. Show me what good came from the filthy Saudi and M14. I know I will be deleted as usual because attacking Shiaa and Christian is the only political correctness allowed

Default-user-icon guestapo (Guest) 22 September 2013, 02:34

marwand u r dum

anything in the name of jihad for the protection of Islam or its expansion is acceptable, this is religious law. Deal w/it.

Default-user-icon guestapo (Guest) 22 September 2013, 02:34

marwand u r dum

anything in the name of jihad for the protection of Islam or its expansion is acceptable, this is religious law. Deal w/it.

Default-user-icon Barrad (Guest) 22 September 2013, 10:59

The truth is if a cleric decree a fatwa Muslims should dance on their heads, they will do it. Of course, someone will come up and say this is not Islam. They kill, bomb all over the world and then say this is not
Islam. Please tell me is it a religion of the blind and hypocrites?

Default-user-icon fais (Guest) 22 September 2013, 12:07

its utterly false information.there is no practice in islam.islaam strictly forbidden these type of things.infect,anti islamic and anti muslim warriors are spreading these kind of slander against the revolutionary forces to weekend them in the platform of war.and they are often trying to prevent the youngsters to join themselves with mujahideens.so,they doing ugly things.

Thumb whyaskwhy 22 September 2013, 14:58

So what and who cares prostitution has been around for the 2MM years that man has lived this planet and will be around a lot longer.