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Equal Opportunity in Iraq

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

(SNN Baghdad) Lately, there has been a lot of criticism about the treatment of women in Iraq. Many people have said that the new constitution will not include provisions for women's rights. While conditions for women in Iraq have been widely criticized, there are some new opportunities opening for women.

There are some new opportunities opening for women.

Today, a woman slipped into a line of army recruits and detonated explosives strapped to her body. The attack killed at least six and injured 35. This marks the first suicide attack by a woman in Iraq's insurgency. The woman is suspected of working for Al Qaida in Iraq, the New York Yankees of Iraqi insurgents.

The attack came in Tal Afar, a town near the Syrian border, and it appears it was aimed at showing that women are just as capable as men when it comes to striking at U.S. and Iraqi forces. Some have gone as far as to say that in this case, it may have been easier for a woman to attack the Iraqi forces, as women are rarely checked at checkpoints. Ironical checking is exactly why the checkpoints are there.

Al Qaida operatives may be inflating their importance, possibly to impress women

The bombing came a day after U.S. and Iraqi forces announced their forces had killed the second in command of Al Qaida in Iraq, Abdullah Abu Azzam. This is the fiftieth time U.S. forces have announced the death of an Al Qaida in Iraq second in command since June. This has led many experts to think that Al Qaida operatives may be inflating their importance, possibly to impress women who have been entering their ranks.

However, it goes to show how far women's rights need to advance within the insurgency that the suicide bomber was required to don men's clothing before she could make her way into the recruitment line.


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