News 22nd of July: ISIS fighters dress up as WOMEN with make-up and padded bras in desperate bid to flee Mosul

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 make-up, the bearded man forgot to get rid of his facial hair.

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

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

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 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 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.

Other images shared by the 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

Other images shared by the 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.

Much of the city has been leveled, with rubble and 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.

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.

Iraqis walk towards the floating bridge between east and west of Mosul, a temporary structure after the bombings

Iraqis walk towards the floating bridge between east and west of Mosul, a temporary structure after the bombings

The people of the city have to rebuild their lives after the nine month battle to reclaim Mosul

The people of the city have to rebuild their lives after the nine month battle to reclaim Mosul

Many have reported struggling to pay rent on temporary accommodation as landlords double the rent

Many have reported struggling to pay rent on temporary accommodation as landlords double the rent

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

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.

‘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. 

The reality of living in Mosul comes as 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.

A member of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) stands next to the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul

A member of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) stands next to the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul

The ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, taken on July 20

The ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque is seen in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, taken on July 20

‘We are going after him, but we assume he is alive.’

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 IS leaders in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province that Baghdadi was dead.

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.

With a $25 million US bounty on his head, Baghdadi has kept a low profile but was rumored to move regularly throughout IS-held territory in Iraq and Syria.

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, which was destroyed in the battle for Iraq’s second city.

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