Islamic State fighters caught fleeing battlefield dressed as women

Published: March 16, 2015


IRAQ: In an attempt to flee northern Iraq, Islamic State (IS) fighters have shaved their beards and dressed like women, Iraqi forces claimed. 

A series of pictures have emerged, showing men wearing dresses and make-up in a bid to leave behind their lives as IS fighters.

Read: Islamic State dresses baby as suicide bomber in publicity stunt

The photographs first emerged on Instagram and showed authorities pulling back the veils and burkas worn by young boys and men with mustaches.




Captions in Arabic accompanying the pictures indicated that the pictures were taken in northern Iraq’s Baiji area. Iraqi forces have fought a non-stop battle of attrition around an oil refinery supported by American air strikes.




Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al Obedi said the battle to recapture the key city of Tirkit could be a decisive turning point in the war.

Read: Islamic State fashion merchandise goes viral on social media

IS militants are defending the area with roadside bombs and frequent suicide attacks however, over 20,000 Iraqi troops continue to make gains.




If they are successful in taking Tikrit, it will put them in a good position for the looming battle over Mosul according to sources.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (11)

  • Ali
    Mar 16, 2015 - 2:37PM

    Lol…. the Lal Masjid fleeing technique gone viralRecommend

  • Troubled
    Mar 16, 2015 - 3:59PM

    I love that these guardians of the faith discard their beliefs when it comes to saving their own lives. COWARDS.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 16, 2015 - 4:01PM

    @Ali: Brilliant…….. all comments now become redundant.Recommend

  • Sonya
    Mar 16, 2015 - 4:07PM

    @Ali: Its the same mind-frame and they act the same way universally. Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 16, 2015 - 4:11PM

    They are even wearing make-up to make it seem that they are really women !! Lol !!!
    Sadly, one man forgot to shave his moustache.Recommend

  • Nida
    Mar 16, 2015 - 4:30PM

    Shameful acts by these Islamic cowards.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2015 - 7:36PM

    @Ali: Sooooopperrr comment! Thanx ET for publishing the news and fotoz. Lal Masjid cleric really swept the day. Salams Recommend

  • Nauman Afzal
    Mar 16, 2015 - 8:55PM

    I have seen this happening in FATA. Nothing new here. They are all the same. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 16, 2015 - 9:41PM

    Actually they are running to get role in Bollywood movies. I am sure many of the misled and misguided fools are finding the harsh realities of war too much to handle. Recommend

  • blame
    Mar 17, 2015 - 1:57AM

    just hoax( i dont care about isis):

  • blame
    Mar 17, 2015 - 2:04AM

    write in youtube
    HOAX LIES:Islamic State Dress as Women Etat islamique en BurqaRecommend

More in World