Police ban face veil to guard Iraq’s post-IS Mosul

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AFP

© AFP / by Layal Abou Rahal | Police have banned Iraqi women in eastern Mosul, here shown shopping at the Nabi Yunis market on June 13, 2017, from wearing the face veil as part of new measures to prevent jihadist attacks

MOSUL (IRAQ) (AFP) – Iraqi women walk freely around a street market in Mosul, their hair wrapped in brightly coloured scarves and face uncovered after police banned the conservative black veil mandatory under jihadist rule.Iraqi forces, who have retaken eastern Mosul from the Islamic State group after three years of jihadist rule, have banned the face veil as part of a package of measures to curb jihadist attacks in the area.

They decided on the ban after having detained several IS fighters who had dressed up as women, concealing their faces behind the black material.

Iraqi forces seized the eastern half of Mosul in January, and are now…

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