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Bridget Johnson


January 7, 2014 - 6:50 am


Think terrorists have reached the lowest of the low? Meet 10-year-old Spozhmai from Helmand province. On Sunday night, her kin strapped a bomb on her and sent her on a mission. From Afghanistan’s Tolo News:

Based on initial investigations, the girl’s brother was serving as a commander for the Taliban and he coerced her into carrying out a suicide attack on Afghan security forces.

“My brother, who serves as a Taliban commander, asked me to wear my dress and then the suicide jacket,” Spozhmai said. “After that he left me outside, I was there for several minutes and was shivering from cold, then I shouted and the security forces picked me up.”

…Reportedly, Spozhmai was unable to operate the button to detonate the suicide vest. Despite such issues with reliability, the Taliban has long used preadolescent, uneducated boys to carry out suicide bombings. It is rare to find a young girl wrapped up in it though.

The brother has fled the area, and luckily the girl is in custody and was transferred to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Likely a false flag operation with a disabled trigger. So, she's in the care of a group that will get her out of the country, or at least out of a conflict zone. It could be that it was one of her brother's goals.

Now that it's 'known' that the Taliban will attempt to use young women, the military response will be to treat Afghan women and female children with suspicion, and subjecting them to scrutiny and searches. One of the goals of asymmetric warfare is to provoke crackdowns on liberty from the state or occupying force, which the Taliban (and the left) will then run to the press claiming that the military is abusing women, cue the screeching for more press focus on how men treat women.

Or we could cynically say "well, someone was yelling for women in combat operations, now you've got it". Since the press turns a mostly blind eye to the plight of boys at the same age being co-opted and conscripted, it's sexist of them to suddenly become moralistic when the gender they care about is involved.
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Let me guess, these were Swedish Lutherans, right?
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I saw a posting from one of my FB "friends" that gave the biggest reason for terrorism is that Americans are killing the fathers of terrorists. I wonder how he would explain this one where a brother forces his little sister to blow herself up.
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