- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Islamic State group has reportedly issued an order banning burqas at security checkpoints in the city of Mosul.

Recently killings of Islamic State commanders by veiled women have forced the terror group to make an exception to its strict dress codes for women. Iraqi forces and its U.S.-led coalition allies are in the process of squeezing the terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, out of territory it has held since 2014.

“A local source in the Iraqi province of Nineveh announced on Friday, Sept. 2, that the terrorist group has released an order, based on which no woman is allowed to be wearing niqab or burqa when entering the security and military centers,” Iran Front Page reported Sunday, based on a translation of Iranian state-broadcaster Al Alam News Network.

Women outside Mosul’s security areas are still required to be fully veiled, although burqa-clad attackers may soon be the least of the Islamic State’s worries, now that French artillery has arrived in the city.

“We decided to bolster our support of the Iraqi forces this Autumn with the aim of recapturing Mosul,” French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said from Paris, Reuters reported. “At this very moment, artillery is arriving close to the front line.”

France also deployed an aircraft carrier to the Middle East to support the coalition’s efforts to destroy the Islamic State.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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