Reports of ISIS female genital mutilation reportedly false
Published Thursday, July 24, 2014
Updated at 7:50 pm: Militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.
The "fatwa" issued by the fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Erbil.
"This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed," she said.
"This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," she added.
No one was immediately available for comment from ISIS, which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq. Al-Akhbar could not independently confirm the story.
July 24, 2014, 7:45 pm: Reports by journalists and residents in Mosul emerging after the publication of this Reuters wire story have cast serious doubts over the claims that ISIS has called for female genital mutilation in Mosul. Al-Akhbar can therefore no longer vouch for the veracity of the above story.