The Iraqi woman who failed in her bid to blow up an Amman hotel had three brothers killed by U.S. forces, while Jordanian officials unveiled tough new anti-terror measures Tuesday. The killings of Sajida Mubarak al-Rishawi's three brothers in Iraq's volatile Anbar province is being considered as a possible motivation behind her bid to take part in last week's triple bombings, which killed 60 people, including her husband and two Iraqi bombers.
Friends of al-Rishawi, who comes Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi, told The Associated Press that three of her brothers were killed by U.S. forces.
Thamir al-Rishawi, regarded as a known member of an al-Qaida in Iraq terror cell operating in Anbar, was killed during the U.S. operations in Fallujah.
Two other brothers, Ammar and Yassir, were killed in two separate attacks against U.S. troops in Ramadi, said the friends, who declined to be identified further because they feared retribution from insurgent forces.
The would-be woman bomber was arrested Sunday in a safe house rented by her husband in a western Amman suburb.
She said in a televised confession that she wanted to join her husband in attacking the Radisson SAS hotel, but her explosives belt malfunctioned.
Her husband, identified as Ali Hussein Ali al-Shamari, did manage to detonate his bomb, however, killing more than 20 people attending a Jordanian-Palestinian wedding reception, reports the AP. I.L.