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Al Qaeda’s fashion glossy

fashion-and-trends Updated: Mar 18, 2011 00:29 IST

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Ever since the militant group Al Qaeda launched a women’s glossy, complete with fashion tips, last week, it has sparked off an online debate. The 31-page slick glossy, Al-Shamikha, which translates into ‘The majestic woman’, features beauty and style advice for its women readers, along with stories on suicide bombings and the religious benefits of hijaab.

The cover features a woman in a veil next to a picture of gun. “Why would they be giving tips on makeup when they are wearing a veil?”

Reads a blog comment by SI mather from UK. Another user, Skydeexie, writes: “So, what happens after the suicide-bombing? Fashion and death mixed together for good looks!” Aweckerle says: Incredulous: Al Qaeda publication Al-Shamikha markets global jihad and other crazy ideas to women alongside beauty tips.” The magazine, which will be distributed online by the Al Qaeda media wing, promises to give the readers skin-care tips and instructions on how to wage electronic jihad. “You can have it all!” writes Mark Steyn at the National Review. “It’s like Cosmo for Waziristan.”