ISIS fighters dress up as women with makeup, padded bras in desperate bid to flee Mosul

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In one image, a fighter forgot that not shaving his facial hair off would be a problem as he attempted to dress as a woman to flee

A Jihadist attempted to flee Mosul in a disguise similar to a pantomime dame but was caught when he forgot to shave off his beard and moustache.

The ISIS fighter was trying to get 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 makeup, 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 powder, 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 net and out of the city.

Mosul’s Old City, which once stood as a neighbourhood 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 as jihadists made their last attempt to hold on to the region earlier this month, can be seen in stark before-and after satellite photographs.

Much of the city has been levelled, with rubble and dust covering what was once a thriving neighbourhood 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.

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.

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.

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.

Another man, Mirsur Dannon Hassan, 53, said his house had been destroyed in an air strike.

Bomb damage in Mosul, as the residents try to rebuild from the rubble

‘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 increased the rent from £77 ($100) per month to £154 ($200).

They said life was miserable under Islamic State, also known as Dash, which seized Mosul in July 2014 and declared it the capital of a self-styled caliphate spanning parts of Iraq and Syria.

Source: Daily Mail

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