Report says ‘fatwa’ issued by militant group in and around Iraqi city could affect 4 million, but doubts expressed on social media
he United Nations said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State (Isis) had ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation.
But doubts emerged on social media about the basis for the report. One document posted on Twitter suggested it may be a year old and have been issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, the group’s previous name.
Other internet comments, including from Middle East analysts, questioned whether the order fitted with the cultural traditions of the region.
A UN spokesman in Geneva said that it was seeking clarity and trying to establish the facts.
Such a “fatwa” issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, UN resident…
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