Certain French cities garnered some major controversy this summer when they banned burkinis — and now the Islamic State is doing something similar.
After reporting that veiled women have started attacking and killing jihadists in ISIS-occupied Iraq, ISIS has reportedly outlawed the burka in Mosul security centers. Instead, they must wear gloves and gauze over their eyes. Outside of security centers, women still must wear the burka, The Jerusalem Post reported.
This move stands in stark contrast to previous practice, where ISIS members would beat or kill women who did not cover their faces in public.
At the end of August, however, ISIS issued a warning to members just south of Mosul that a veiled woman had killed two of their fighters. These attacks, according to the International Business Times, took place in Al-Shirqat, which ISIS has controlled since June 2014.
In Mosul proper, sources told Iraqi News that a woman had attacked — and killed — two ISIS fighters, which, according to the source, prompted the organization’s apparent U-turn regarding burkas.
“A veiled woman carrying a pistol killed two members of ISIS who were standing in a checkpoint in Sharqat, north of Salah al-Din…and forced them to issue an alert of similar attacks,” the source said.
Recent events underscore the reality that many women in ISIS-occupied territory indeed harbor strong, if not fatal, antipathy toward the Islamic State. In August, when U.S.-backed rebels liberated the Syrian city of Manbij from ISIS control, images of women burning their burkas went viral.