A number of individuals who have recently joined the peace process in Jawzjan claimed that women are also among the Daesh fighters and battle against Afghan forces with heavy and light weapons.
The police chief of Jawzjan, Abdul Hafiz Khashi confirmed the presence of Uzbek, Chechen and Pakistani families among the Daesh fighters in Darzab and Qosh Tapa districts.
Khashi declared about the Daesh women’s activities in training the fighters but rejected their presence in the battle grounds.
A provincial council member, Halima Sadaf has also confirmed the presence of 25 to 30 female fighters in Daesh group who have active role in the group.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of Jawzjan governor, Muhammad Reza Ghafori expressed ignorance over the presence of Daesh female fighters in the battle fields but noted that a few females are activating in the group but not in their operations.
Women traveling to join Islamic State militants are no longer just seeking to become “jihadi brides” but are taking on new roles, on the frontline in logistics and intelligence and as medics, according to military and expert sources.
Female presence in Islamic State’s battles to establish a medieval-style caliphate across the Middle East has been unusual.
But as more foreigners, both male and female, go to join or fight Islamic State, the traditional role of women is being challenged, with reports of women working at hospitals controlled by Islamic State and aiding in logistics.