Kahina Eskandari was born a Palestinian ferrokinetic. Her parents were murdered when she was young, and a promise of revenge served as her reason for joining the Shadow Cabinet
. She would then form a secret affair with the groups leader, Dharma
. Due to their relationship Iron Butterfly is completely loyal to Dharma, and serves as the field commander of the team.
Iron Butterfly is a rarity in that she is one of the few Palestinian heroes in a mainstream position. Her power is also an oddity as she is a ferrokinetic, a person who controls metal down to its molecular make up.