Zehra Duman

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Zehra Duman is an Australian woman who traveled to Daesh territory where she married a jihadi fighter.[1]

Duman is reported to have been a friend of Tara Nettleton and Khaled Sharrouf, who travelled from Australia to Daesh territory, with their five children, in 2014.[2]

Duman married an Australian jihadist named Mahmoud Abdullatif, who was killed in action five weeks after their marraige.[3] The Associated Press reported that both her parents and staff at the private school she attended, were astonished by her departure, as she had given no clues of her radicalization.[4]

Duman was described as an active recruiter of volunteers, who taunted Australian authorities to "catch me if you can".[5] The New Delhi Citizen called her a "black widow".[6]

Provocative photos Duman tweeted, of herself and four other women, clad head to toe in black, holding AK-47 rifles, and posing over an expensive sports car, have been widely republished.[4][7]


  1. Andrea Hamblin (2014-12-14). "Jihad bride spouts hate on social media". Herald Sun. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/jihad-bride-spouts-hate-on-social-media/news-story/6613e4b1a267ea4102e0b5976157d900. Retrieved 2019-02-22. "The former Isik College Keysborough student declared she would burn her Australian passport as she travelled to meet Mahmoud Abullatif, a former Melbourne party boy-turned Muslim extremist who earlier this year joined the barbaric IS terrorist fighters in the Middle East." 
  2. Erin Marie Saltman, Melanie Smith (2015). 'Till Martyrdom Do Us Part' Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon. Institute for Strategic Dialogue. p. 4. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20160330210121/http://www.strategicdialogue.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Till_Martyrdom_Do_Us_Part_Gender_and_the_ISIS_Phenomenon.pdf. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  3. "Who are the Australian women travelling to Syria as brides of the Caliphate?". The News (au). 2016-05-08. https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/true-stories/who-are-the-australian-women-travelling-to-syria-as-brides-of-the-caliphate/news-story/d141a6d6d22cfe9af2122a2c6c305a3e. Retrieved 2019-02-22. "Also from Melbourne, Zehra married a Melbourne man who was fighting for Islamic State, Mahmoud Abdullatif. He was killed in action just five weeks later." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "From middle-class Australian to ISIS bride". Rudaw (Canberra). 2015-05-21. http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/210520151. Retrieved 2019-02-22. "Quietly — almost secretly — Zehra Duman morphed from private school student to Islamic State bride and online recruiter for the movement. Her family did not see it coming." 
  5. Geoff Chambers (2015-01-26). "Australian jihadi bride Zehra Duman’s terror taunt after playboy husband Mahmoud Abdullatif dies". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/australian-jihadi-bride-zehra-dumans-terror-taunt-after-playboy-husband-mahmoud-abdullatif-dies/news-story/97b8ffca88ac1fb1e06e18ff9ef2c6ef. Retrieved 2019-02-22. "Duman is understood to be based in Raqqa, where her husband and friend Suhan Rahman posed in photos with notorious Sydney terrorist Mohamed Elomar. The number of Australians involved in the Syrian conflict, has now increased to approximately 90, up from 75 last year." 
  6. "Islamic State’s Black Widow Lures Supporters". The Citizen (India) (New Delhi). 2015-04-05. https://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/1/3148/Islamic-States-Black-Widow-Lures-Supporters. Retrieved 2019-02-22. "The jihadist bride also issued a threat to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. 'Let the truthful Muslims make hijjrah (travel to Syria). If you don’t, your (sic) only adding fuel to the fire. Which means attacks on your soil,' she said." 
  7. Souad Mekhennet, Joby Warrick (2017-11-26). "The jihadist plan to use women to launch the next incarnation of ISIS". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2017-11-27. https://web.archive.org/web/20171127004211/https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-jihadist-plan-to-use-women-to-launch-the-next-incarnation-of-isis/2017/11/26/e81435b4-ca29-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html. Retrieved 2019-02-22. "A photo posted on Twitter on March 18, 2015, by Zehra Duman, a.k.a. Umm Abdullatif, a self-professed Australian female ISIS member. (SITE Intelligence Group)"