- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2015

Men in Mosul are reportedly living under a beard mandate issued by the Islamic State group.

A local historian known only as Mosul Eye, who has been chronicling the rise of the Sunni radical terror group, posted the claim on his Facebook page April 28, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Wednesday. Mosul Eye included pictures of leaflets allegedly distributed by the terror group.

The newspaper reported that similar decrees have been claimed throughout Syria and Iraq. RFE/RL added that Iraq watchdogs generally believe that Mosul Eye is a credible source of on-the-ground information.

CNN reported April 21 that Islamic State has even gone as far as banning archaeology.

Researcher Aymenn Al-Tamimi shared leaflets stamped with official Islamic State insignia with the network, saying: “The banning of archaeology is not a surprise. We see that reflected in ISIS destruction of ancient artifacts. ISIS regards pre-Islamic artifacts as relics from the ‘period of ignorance,’ jahiliyah. Their main concern with archaeology is that it would become a subject turning to idol worship, which is strictly forbidden in Islam.”

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