The Mother of Mohammed

The Mother of Mohammed

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An Australian Woman's Extraordinary Journey into Jihad

Born and raised in Mudgee, New South Wales, Rabiah Hutchinson seems an unlikely jihadist. But this former country girl turned marijuana-smoking beach bunny and hippy backpacker is a veteran of the global holy war. To Western intelligence analysts, she is 'the matriarch of radical Islam'.

Hutchinson spent four years working as a doctor in a mujahideen hospital and orphanage on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the early 1990s. She later returned to Afghanistan under the Taliban and married a leading al-Qaeda ideologue and member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle. Her fellow jihadists know her as 'Umm Mohammed', meaning the mother of Mohammed.

Today Rabiah Hutchinson is one of the most-watched women in the world. She believes she's under 24-hour surveillance, her home and telephone bugged. She is officially designated as 'a threat to national security', and prevented from travelling abroad. So who is this mysterious black-veiled woman, with the broad Australian accent and fiery Scottish temperament?

This is Rabiah Hutchinson's story.