The Lore of the 7/7 Bomber’s Wife, the White Widow, aka Samantha Lewthwaite

The Fairy TaleWhen the 7/7 Underground and bus bombings blasted their way into the British consciousness, Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the White Widow by the British press, emerged from the ashes. She was first sympathetically viewed as the innocent wife of suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay then as the larger story unraveled, exposed herself as an al-Qaeda operative with al Shabaab in Somalia. Because she successfully duped the collective and compassionate British public, she came to represent the mystery of Islamic terrorism, leading the world’s press to almost obsession in following her life and creating a legend in the process. She managed to slip past British, Kenyan, Somali and South African authorities for years, hiding in plain sight while advertising her adventures via Twitter. Her life, thoughts and prayers for the future fueled speculation about her to fairytale levels. Photo (above): Date unknown, Samantha…

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Veryan Khan

Veryan Khan is associate publisher at The Beacham Group, LLC., and Editorial Director of its Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC). An expert in the philosophy and ethics of political...