A number of ISIS militant fighters have been caught attempting to escape to Mosul, Iraq disguised as women with garish makeup and dresses à la Monty Python.
One Jihadi, in particular, caught the attention of allied troops after he had neatly trimmed his beard before slathering himself with makeup rather than shave it off completely.The Islamist had powdered his face, applied obscene amounts of purple eyeshadow with thick black eyeliner, plucked and heavily filled in his bushy eyebrows, drawn on some beauty spots and finished the look with painted on red lips.
To complete his ensemble, he added a headscarf to make his outfit look more “authentic”.
Despite all of the hard work he had put into perfecting his look, it was his decision to keep his beard and mustache which gave the game away as it immediately caught the attention of coalition forces.
A photo taken before dressing up shows a bushier beard and eyebrows, indicated he had made some attempt to tame his unruly facial hair.
He was quickly snared while trying to flee the frontline in Mosul, as ISIS’ territory is now decimated following the coordinated efforts of coalition forces. But he is not the only one who has attempted to use a female disguise to get out the city and evade justice.
Numerous pictures have been by the released by the Iraqi army of jihadis trying to pass off as women, with varying degrees of success. While some simply threw a burka on, other snaps show ill-fated attempts at makeup, while one man looks like he is sporting a bra.
One jihadi donned an outfit made of red velvet, but many neglected to factor in facial and chest hair in their escape look. The fighters are fleeing – and blowing up monuments as they withdraw – as forces move in against them in their once proclaimed ‘caliphate’.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last month: “The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh state of falsehood.”
The practice of dressing up as a woman is not a new one, with a terror suspect in the UK attempting to throw the cops off the scent by donning a burka.
In 2013 Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed tried to evade the British security services by pretending to be a woman in Islamic dress. He was later caught.
Sources: Neon Nettle and Express