“Fighting is not easy for women because they need a male guardian by their side. … But we can place ourselves in service of the mujahedeen and do what they ask of us. We can help by supporting warriors with money or information or even by a martyrdom operation.”
*CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of the document, which appeared on multiple radical Islamist Web sites.
CNN’s senior editor for Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr, said it is not a usual practice for women linked to al Qaeda to release messages.
“It signals that al Qaeda seems to be aggressively reaching out to the female population, whereas in the past their focus was mainly on men,” she said.