From brides to battlefield, women taking up new roles with Islamic State

April 2, 2015 12:02 AM

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ERBIL, Iraq (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women traveling to join Islamic State militants are no longer just seeking to become "jihadi brides" but are taking on new roles, on the frontline in logistics and intelligence and as medics, according to military and expert sources.

Female presence in Islamic State's battles to establish a medieval-style caliphate across the Middle East has been unusual with the radical Sunni Islamists imposing strict restrictions on women's dress and behavior and deeming their role as domestic.

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