A hardening militant ideology combined with the Russian state’s failure to tackle the political and human rights situation in the North Caucasus region has seen women swelling the ranks of militant groups.
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The conflagration of factors, as you say, now makes even young, teenagers a recruiting force for suicide bombings. The attacker was a 17-year-old widow - truly shocking! The photograph of such a young woman posing with guns is one of the saddest I have seen...
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