Hundreds of Tunisian women have performed their sacred duty by comforting Islamist 'jihadi' fighters in war-torn Syria. The 'jihadi al-nikah' (sexual holy war) permits extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners. Some hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists consider it as a legitimate form of holy war.
Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfiben Jeddou has recently reported to the National Constituent Assembly that such women had "sexual relations with 20, 30, 100 militants" and some of them have returned home pregnant. However, he has not disclosed the number of pregnant women with the children of jihadi fighters.
Tunisian men have also travelled to Syria to join ranks of jihadi fighters there to defeat the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.