Iraqi woman involved in al-Qaida's 2005 Jordan attack named in Islamic State hostage crisis

January 29, 2015 1:46 PM

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BEIRUT – In the moments after her husband blew himself up in the ballroom of a Jordanian hotel as part of an al-Qaida plot, Sajida al-Rishawi fled the scene of chaos wearing her own explosive belt.

Nearly a decade later, the 44-year-old woman is at the center of an unfolding international drama, and could soon be released from prison and exchanged for a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group.

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