Iraqi Army report ISIS fighters disguise as women wearing makeup and padded bras to flee Mosul
Some are caught after neglecting to trim their facial and body hair
The 9-month battle to liberate Mosul was from ISIS control ended July 10
Hundreds of the former raging, raping ISIS fighters, desperate to avoid capture by Iraqi government troops are devising novel ways of ‘slinking’ out of the city
Some of their pathetic amateurish disguises are dead giveaways, with facial hair still visible
The Iraqi army is sharing photos of captured men with full makeup and beards in bizarre cross dressing attempts
Laughable efforts to elude capture: A fighter forgot that not shaving his facial hair would immediately flag his cross dressing
The once tigerish ISIS fighter was trying to slink away from the former militant stronghold as the city was recaptured, but didn’t quite get his escape plan right.
Dressed in women’s clothes and with elaborate make-up, the bearded man forgot to get rid of his facial hair.
In photos released by the Iraqi army after his capture, the man can be seen to have slathered on foundation, eyeshadow and lipstick, even adding some beauty spots.
But the large moustache and beard as well as full eyebrows, rather give the game away.
Other photos released by the army show the men in padded bras as they try to slip through the government drag net and flee the city.
Iraqi army show the hapless attempts by men who are trying to get out of the city to look like women, including wearing padded bras. One [left], had a full make-over complete with red lipstick and heavy eye shadow.
One shame-faced fighter captured by Iraqi forces had a full make-over complete with red lipstick and heavy eye shadow.
He was also wearing a bobbed wig and padded lacy white bra for added realism. However, he’d neglected to shave his chest hair, which was clearly visible through his cream-coloured top.
Mosul’s Old City, which once stood as a neighborhood of densely built alleyways and homes on winding lanes, has been reduced to rubble by a months-long war to root out the Islamic State.
The effect of the battle, which ended asJihadists made their last attempt to hold on to the region earlier this month, can be seen in stark before-and after satellite photographs.
ISIS fighters try to flee battle by dressing up as women in traditional garb and black veils
Much of the Mosul is rubble with dust covering what was once a thriving neighborhood in Iraq.
Nearly a third of the Old City – more than 5,000 buildings – was damaged or destroyed in the final three weeks of bombardment up to July 8, according to a survey by UN Habitat using satellite imagery.
A once thriving historic city now in ruins – Damage from bombardment in Mosul, as the residents try to rebuild from the rubble.
A member of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service stands in the ruins of the iconic Grand al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul. ISIS made it their headquarters then blew up the historic landmark as the government and coalition forces closed in
Across the city, 10,000 buildings were damaged over the course of the war, the large majority in western Mosul, the scene of the most intense artillery, airstrikes and fighting during the past five months. The survey only covers damage visible in satellite photos, meaning the real number is likely higher.
It took Iraq’s US-backed forces nearly nine months to wrest Mosul from the Islamic State group, and the cost was enormous destruction, especially in the western part of the city. Mosul was finally liberated on July 10.
Residents of the city have been left rebuilding their lives from the rubble left from multiple bombings as they use a temporary bridge to get over the Tigris river.
The once haughty raping, pillaging tigers turn to chumps as ISIS fighters attempt to flee the war zone dressed as women in hijabs and veil, sans the signature black flag of the Jihadi nation
Collateral damage: Iraqi civilians walk towards the floating bridge between east and west of Mosul, a temporary structure after the bombings. For many ‘normal’ will never return as they sort through and ready to restart their lives
The people who found themselves caught in the cross fire of the raging battle to reclaim the city have to rebuild their lives after the nine month battle to chase ISIS out of Mosul
Many people from West Mosul, where whole neighbourhoods were flattened in air and artillery strikes by a U.S-.led coalition, are struggling to pay rent in temporary accommodation. Often they have no work and are running out of funds.
Mirsur Dannon Hassan, 53, said his house had been destroyed in an air strike. ‘I don’t have a salary. I need help to rebuild it,’ he said.
He was living in rented accommodation with his wife, five daughters and son in the east but the landlord had just doubled the rent from $100 per month to $200.
Survivors recall that life was miserable under Islamic State, also known as Dash, which seized Mosul in July 2014 which they declared the capital of a self-styled caliphate spanning parts of Iraq and Syria.
‘It was living hell,’ said 31-year-old Mohamad Zuhair. ‘Daesh denied you everything. You did not have the right to have a phone or wear jeans. I had to have a long beard.’
There were beatings and executions for transgressions. As the fighting worsened, gunmen opened fire on people trying to escape.
Despite their departure, the terror unleashed by the ISIS fighters remain with the population. Safwan al-Habar, 48, who has a house in al-Zinjili district, had spent a morning seeking help for a particularly alarming problem – Islamic State had booby-trapped his house.
‘Two bombs attached to each other with wire. If you put your leg on it, it will explode,’ he said.
Even the boots on the ground are skeptical calling the conflict entirely over, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said on Friday that he believes Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive, following various claims he was dead.
He said: ‘I think Baghdadi’s alive… and I’ll believe otherwise when we know we’ve killed him.
Motorized transportation of any form is a luxury for the refugees.,Just one of the myriad challenges faced by the population where many former home owners now reported struggling to pay rent on temporary accommodation as landlords double the rent
The ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen in the Old City of Mosul, an ever present reminder of the cost to this city, caught in the battle between Jihadists and the government of Syria
There have been persistent rumors that Baghdadi has died in recent months.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a longtime conflict monitor, last week said it had heard from senior Islamic State leaders in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province that Baghdadi was dead. With no verified sighting of his demise, Russia’s army said in mid-June that it was seeking to verify whether it had killed the IS chief in a May air strike in Syria.
The $25 million US bounty on Baghdadi is still in play.
Rumored to move regularly throughout IS-held territory in Iraq and Syria, it is not surprising he has kept a low profile. The Iraqi native has not been seen since making his only known public appearance as ‘caliph’ in 2014 at the Grand Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul. His men blew up the iconic historic Mosque before advancing government forces entered Mosul.