By now the phenomenon is becoming a commonplace one, I know. Probably Al Qaeda, the organization that is known for its passion for issuing field manuals of all kinds, already has a chapter "Escaping the enemy in female clothing" or something like that. It's not a long time ago since the subterfuge was successfully used by Mustaf Jama, a murderer of a British female police constable.
Jama was able to sneak on to an international flight at Heathrow dressed in a niqab despite extensive publicity about this murder. His photograph had been circulated to every police force, port and airport in the country. Had he been asked to reveal his face he would have been detected in a moment.This specific vermin is not of Jihadi persuasion, but the idea appeared to be working and Al Qaeda decided to adopt it, obviously. As a result, getting in touch with their feminine side seems to become a vogue with Jihadis, and recently a new case was uncovered (pun intended):
I don't know. Not that I am (or ever was) an expert in the matter, but the real gender of the person in question, who appears to be no more and no less than one Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, the leader (or “emir”) of the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra ["Victory"] Front, is a mystery to me now.
Here is his/her depiction in the male garb, a beard (real of fake?) thrown in:
The quality of false beards today is greatly improved and one can't say whether the beard in the picture is real, so all these pictures don't prove anything regarding the gender of the suspect. Anyhow, there are two* obvious options:
- Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani is a male, with an uncanny talent for make-up, judging by what the source says: "He shaved his beard, worked his eyebrows, and put on mascara and lipstick till he looked exactly like a woman." I could possible cope with the first item (although it will cause me a lot of grief), but mascara and lipstick? No way.
- Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani is a female. Then there should be no technical difficulty with the above mentioned makeup, but another question rises its ugly head: how does a female survive in the company of so many male Jihadis for a long time, without being discovered for what she really is?
(*) Of course I know that there are more than these two options, but for the purpose of this post two are more than enough.
P.S. The more I look at the pictures (the first set of four, I mean, to make sure), the more I feel a certain allure of that person. There definitely is some... OK, here it must stop, so I click on "Save" at this point. Bye.