09.20.131:45 PM ET

Syria’s ‘Sex Jihad’

Tunisian women travel to Syria for sex with Islamist fighters.

Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou announced that Tunisian women have been traveling to Syria for a so-called “sex jihad.” According to ben Jeddou, these women “have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100” militants each and return home pregnant with jihadist fighters’ children. Jihad al-nikah (Arabic for sexual holy war) permits women to take multiple extramarital partners a day, he says. Ben Jeddou did not state how many women have made this trip or returned pregnant; hundreds of women are, however, suspected to have engaged in this “war.” And although some hard-line Sunni Muslim Salafists consider the practice to be legitimate, others are more critical. Back in April, Tunisia’s former mufti Sheikh Othman Battikh condemned the sex jihad, saying, “What is this? This is called prostitution. It is moral educational corruption.” He has since been dismissed.