File - Hamza, 6, left, hugs his mother Abeer al-Hassani whose two brother were killed in a US drone strike last year and a third brother was killed in fighting against government troops in 2012 (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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Abeer al-Hassani's ex-husband was famed for his beautiful voice."One woman complained to me that her son wanted to go fight in Iraq after speaking with him," the 25-year-old Hassani recalled in an interview with the Associated Press.For most of her young life, Hassani has been entangled with Al-Qaeda through family bonds she has tried to shake off. In recent weeks, militant supporters have proclaimed in messages on Twitter and on militant websites that "the munshid Abu Osayed al-Madani" has come to Syria and joined the Islamic State of Iraq Greater Syria, one of the most hardline groups fighting in that country's civil war.During and after her marriage, Hassani watched helplessly as her three brothers, Bandar, Abdullah and Abdel-Meguid, were drawn one by one into Al-Qaeda. Bandar, seven years older than Hassani, was detained by the Political Security Agency for two years. At about the same time, Abdullah – who was two years younger than Hassani, disappeared from home to join Al-Qaeda.When the popular uprising against Saleh began in 2011, Bandar left home for the mountainous central province of Marib to join Al-Qaeda fighters, she said. Abdullah was there helping treat wounded fighters.Abdullah tried to recruit her, offering her fellow fighters to marry so she could become a "mujaheda," meaning she would cook and clean for the fighters.
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