Jihadists and Wife-Swapping
Well, we seem to have a theme going here on Talisman: last week I wrote about Sadrists and Sex Orgies, and this week we have a captured jihadist allegedly spilling the beans about the practice of wife-swapping among insurgents. Aswat al-Iraq (Voices of Iraq) website carried a story from Karbala on Sunday (Arabic text) where the chief of police of Karbala, Maj. Gen. Muhammad 'Abul-Walid' [Muhammad Zaidan al-Qureishi, former commander of the Wolf Brigade], claims that his forces had arrested a commander of the Tawhid wel-Jihad (the old name for Zarqawi’s outfit) cell by the name of Hussein Abdullah al-Khalidi, who had confessed to 35 instances of violence ranging from car bombs to abductions in the Baghdad area. Khalidi was arrested in the northern part of Karbala Province, which contains several Sunni towns and villages.
The story carries details of specific crimes that Khalidi had confessed to, and how much he was compensated per crime; for example, the beheading of three female employees of the Ministry of Education in Baya’a (south-western Baghdad) and discarding their bodies in the Radhwaniya desert earned him 200 U.S. dollars.
According to the media spokesman of the Karbala police, Rahman Mishawi, Khalidi also confessed that the head of his group, a man by the name of Mahdi Talib, had issued a fatwa “allowing wife-swapping to strengthen the bonds [between the insurgents]”.
Khalidi is also alleged to have given his own wife to the head of the group, and received the deputy commander’s wife in her stead.
So the Sunni jihadists would like to peg Shi'a Sadrists as sex-orgy perverts, while the Shi'a-led police label Sunni jihadists as deviant swingers. When the Kurds arrested one of their own, Sheikh Zana, for being jihadist terrorist in the summer of 2005, they made sure to label him a sodomist. Do you see a pattern here?
The Washington Post had an interesting story recently (January 20) on temporary marriages, something I wrote about in the post on the Sadrists. [See comments section for full text of the WaPo story]