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Liberated Syrian women ditch the niqab, symbol of ISIS oppression

Friday 10 June 2016, by siawi3

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3635467/The-moment-one-woman-ditched-symbol-ISIS-oppression-throwing-niqab-village-liberated-Syria.html

The moment one woman ditched the symbol of ISIS oppression by throwing off her niqab after her village is liberated in Syria

ISIS’s strict dress code dictated women be covered head to toe in black
Women are celebrating by wearing colours and ditching the niqab

By Sara Malm for MailOnline

Published: 15:09 GMT, 10 June 2016 | Updated: 16:28 GMT, 10 June 2016

This is the joyful moment a woman literally casts off ISIS rule by taking off her terrorist-imposed black niqab in front of fellow liberated villagers in northern Syria.

The strict dress code implemented by ISIS in their conquered areas in Syria and Iraq dictates that all women be covered from head to toe in black, covering their faces with a veil.

Images of women celebrating their freedom by no longer covering their faces in black veils are flowing out of Aleppo, where several villages and towns have been liberated from ISIS this week.

Three cheers: A woman is seen removing the ISIS-imposed full-face veil - a niqab - after her village on the outskirts of Manbij city, Aleppo province, Syria was liberated from the terrorist group

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Three cheers: A woman is seen removing the ISIS-imposed full-face veil - a niqab - after her village on the outskirts of Manbij city, Aleppo province, Syria was liberated from the terrorist group

The unnamed woman is seen cheering as she removes the full-face black niqab to reveal a bright purple hijab underneath.

Other women in the village on the outskirts of Manbij, Aleppo, stand next to her, all wearing coloured dresses with their hands and faces exposed.

The woman’s village was freed by U.S.-backed Syrian-Kurdish Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) this week

Images of women celebrating their freedom by no longer covering their faces in black veils are flowing out of Aleppo, where several villages and towns have been liberated from ISIS this week

’They forced us to cover our faces with the Islamic veil and threatened to kill us,’ she adds.

Video from Abu Qalqal shows women and children dressed in colourful clothes and adults no longer covering their faces in full niqab.

The crowd can be heard chanting ’We are freed! We are freed!’

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab alliance, have liberated several villages and small towns on the edges of Manbij, cutting of an important supply route.

Manbij is strategic town held by IS that serves as a waypoint between the Turkish border and ISIS’s self-declared ’capital’ of Raqqa.

ISIS has come under growing pressure on various fronts in Syria and Iraq, where it established its self-declared ’caliphate’ in 2014.

The extremists lost control Friday of a vital supply artery when Arab-Kurdish forces completely surrounded a key jihadist-held town.

’The SDF cut off the last road from Manbij to the Turkish border,’ said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group.

Free: Khadija Abdu Al-Muotee from the liberated town of Abu Qalqal, in Aleppo, northern Syria, celebrated not having to adhere to ISIS’s strict dress code anymore

Celebrating: Mrs Abdu Al-Muotee had sworn never to wear black again, and only dress in the colour red

Three cheers: Women and children in Abu Qalqal celebrate being liberated from ISIS

Three cheers: Women and children in Abu Qalqal celebrate being liberated from ISIS
All dressed up: Celebrating her freedom to dress as she wishes, Mrs Abdu Al-Muotee opted for a a red leopard-print hijab decorated with flowers over a leopard-print dress with red patterns

All dressed up: Celebrating her freedom to dress as she wishes, Mrs Abdu Al-Muotee opted for a a red leopard-print hijab decorated with flowers over a leopard-print dress with red patterns

Manbij lies at the heart of the last stretch of territory along Turkey’s border still under IS control, and was a key point on the jihadists’ supply line from Turkey.

Other secondary roads to the frontier are more dangerous and difficult to access, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The US envoy to the anti-IS coalition backing the SDF, Brett McGurk, confirmed the road had been severed.

’ISIL terrorists now completely surrounded with no way out,’ he wrote on Twitter, using another acronym for ISIS.

This week the SDF, backed by coalition air strikes, cut the road north out of Manbij to the IS-held border town of Jarabulus, which the jihadists had used as a transit point for fighters, money and weapons.

The SDF also blocked the road south out of Manbij heading to IS’s de facto capital of Raqa.

’For the jihadists to reach the Turkish border from Raqa, they now have to take a route that is more dangerous because of regime troops nearby and Russian air strikes,’ Abdel Rahman said.

Russia launched air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria in September.

Thousands of residents have fled Manbij - held by IS since 2014 - but jihadists who evacuated their families stayed to defend the town, the Observatory said.

About 20,000 people are still living in the town, which had a pre-war population of about 120,000 — mostly Arabs, but about a quarter Syrian Kurds.

Last month, the SDF launched attacks on two fronts from the north of Raqa province towards Manbij and in direction of the IS-held town of Tabqa on the same vital supply line further south.

Regime troops backed by Russian air strikes have also pushed an offensive to the southwest of Tabqa.

Moscow and Washington — despite backing different sides in Syria’s five-year conflict — have both focused efforts on fighting the jihadist group.

Syria’s war has killed more than 280,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.


Source: http://www.foreigndesknews.com/lisas-desk/liberated-from-isis-syrian-woman-says-she-will-only-wear-red/

Liberated from ISIS, Kurdish woman says she’ll only wear red for rest of her life

by Lisa Daftari

Tuesday Jun 7, 2016 8:18pm

Women in parts of Syria liberated from under ISIS rule have been celebrating their first taste of freedom by wearing bright colors again.

Under the Islamic State’s rule, women are held to a strict dress code that requires them to wear only black, baggy clothing that covers their entire bodies and double veils over their faces. Those who do not comply with the Islamic State dress code face imprisonment.

Which is why a Kurdish woman from the recently liberated town of Abu Qalqal in southern Manbij, has now vowed to wear red for the rest of her life.

In a video news report obtained and translated by The Foreign Desk, an emotionally charged crowd in Abu Qalqal chants, “We are freed! We are freed!”

An older woman who introduces herself to the reporter as Khadija Abdu Al-Muotee, wearing a red leopard-print hijab with large three-dimensional flowers, appears in the video exuding excitement and happiness at her new-found freedom.

“Oh God! Oh God! Freed! Freed!” Khadija exclaims to the reporter.

“Now I will only wear red!” she says, adding "They forced us to cover our faces with the Islamic veil and threatened to kill us."

In January, a 21-year-old girl was tortured to death in Manbij for violating the dress code. She reportedly died at the hands of a notorious female militant known only as “Oum Farouq,” according to Ara News.

Video here