Mosul: ISIS fighters have dressed up as woman and caked their faces in makeup in a bid to avoid being caught by Iraqi authorities after losing their stronghold in Mosul. One militant was pictured trying to disguise himself with bright red lipstick, purple eyeshadow, mascara and foundation – but he didn’t bother to shave his face.
The man had plucked his eyebrows, added beauty spots just under his eyes and put on a headscarf to try to fly under the radar. But he kept his moustache and goatee, making it easy for Iraqi forces to spot him. 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.