Two young ISIS members tried to escape capture by Iraqi forces after the fall of Ramadi. To do so, they tried to disguise themselves as women.
Mail Online UK reported that two young ISIS fighters attempted to flee the battlefield in Iraq by wearing women's clothing. Their plan failed as they were still caught.
The two men saw the Iraqi focus closing in on them, panicked, and shaved off their beards as a result. They also wore headscarves and robes, thinking that this would make them look like women. However, the forces were not fooled.
After their capture, the Iraqi forces posted several pictures of them next to these young fighters still in women's garb. One of the pictures showed one man wearing a pink and black striped headscarf, his nose bleeding from a wound.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, news of this capture came shortly after it was reported that Russia seems willing to sell airlines to Iraq as well as supply some military forces to strengthen the fight against the terrorist group. Some said this was Russia's strategy to improve commercial and security ties with Iraq.
Recently, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari announced that they need more international support to fight ISIS. 'We need international support from multiple sources, be it from within the international coalition or outside of it,' he said. 'We need support, training and intelligence-sharing,' he added.
He also highlighted Russia's important role in the current fight. "Intelligence plays an important role in the war on Daesh, and we've been coordinating for a while now with the Russian side to place this information in the hands of Iraqis," he said.
A related report claimed that more ISIS fighters are indeed disguising themselves more lately to avoid airstrikes. They are knocking on civilian homes and seeking refuge forcibly. Those who would refuse them can get into serious trouble. They are shaving off their beards so they look like civilians, and even taking taxis instead of military vehicles to escape notice. "If your family is in a house, they take your house and they put their family in there," said Abu Baraa, 19, who escaped from Raqqa to Turkey last month. "They've started taking people's homes and living there. It's hard for civilians to separate themselves. It means that the airstrikes are harming ISIS, but they're harming us too," he detailed.
The teen added that ISIS actions have caused Raqqa to be nearly unlivable by those who only wanted peace. Half of his friends joined ISIS while half have been killed by ISIS. He was only able to escape the situation through smugglers who helped him get out. He also shared that ISIS militants have introduced taxes for everything they can so as to raise sources for their terror activities.