In a prison interview with the Associated Press -- with interrogators nearby -- she said that she helped to organize the rapes of young women and then stepped in to persuade the victims to become suicide bombers as their only escape from the shame.
This interview occurred after her arrest, of course.
A middle-aged woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has been arrested in Iraq, a senior officer said today.
Samira Ahmed Jassim, 51, confessed to sending 28 of the women to carry out attacks, Major-General Qassim al-Moussawi, a Baghdad security spokesman, said. She was captured at an undisclosed location a fortnight ago.
She was a member of Ansar al-Sunna, a Sunni Arab militant group. Apparently, most of these recruits were coerced somehow.
She had to talk to one elderly woman several times before persuading her to blow herself up at a bus station, she added.
She spent a fortnight recruiting another woman, a teacher, and had problems with the woman's husband and his family, according to the confession. This woman also went on to blow herself up.
They called her "mother of the faithful", but that faith could not be Islam. Coercion is as far as you could get from Islam. And as for the end justifying the means, in Islam, the means gets you your end - in this case, she should be very afraid of the consequences. The ideology of this is abominable. And rape? What the hell is she fighting for?