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Tents are viewed at the Khazair camp where Iraqi's who have fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul are being housed in a temporary displacement camp on July 3, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq.
Tents are viewed at the Khazair camp where Iraqi's who have fled recent fighting near the city of Mosul are being housed in a temporary displacement camp on July 3, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq.  Spencer Platt—Getty Images

UN: ISIS Orders Women and Girls in Mosul to Undergo Genital Mutilation

Jul 24, 2014

Islamic extremists who control parts of northern Iraq have ordered girls and women in and around the city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, a United Nations official said Thursday.

Nearly 4 million girls could be affected by the “fatwa” issued by the militant group that refers to itself as the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva via videolink from Iraq.

"This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed," she said according to Reuters. “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by terrorists."

[Reuters]

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