Residents in Mosul started to observe the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Saturday after three years under ISIS rule who imposed rigorous laws on the population. As last year, surfaced online the Wahhabi-ideology organization ISIS (Daesh) added taxes as it struggles to manage the economy and has been obtaining funds from taxing and extorting the people who live in the territory that the group controls in Syria and Iraq. Daesh had imposed taxes for women who show their eyes and for shepherds who hang bells for their sheep.
Mosul authorities ban wearing of full veil, Burqa in public
American Heral Tribune – Wearing full Islamic veils for women including burqa, a veil for the face that leaves the area around the eyes clear, has been banned in public places in newly liberated parts of Mosul as part of new security measures to confront possible suicide bombing attacks during Ramadan, according to a statement from Nineveh police office Sunday, Rudaw reported.
The statement said since “ISIS secret cells” in the city could attack targets in public places using suicide bombers in full Islamic veils, both burqa and niqab will be banned during the fasting month of Ramadan when wearing such cloths are more frequent according to religious customs.
The new regulations come into force as Iraqi forces took another step toward wrestling Mosul from ISIS in the weekend.
Iraq’s special forces launched a large-scale military offensive Sunday to retake the remaining neighborhoods under ISIS control in western Mosul.
Police forces accompany the advancing Iraqi army into newly liberated districts in Mosul to swiftly restore public order and prevent thefts and looting in many deserted neighbourhoods where some of the residents are still on the run, taking refuge in nearby camps south and north of the province.
New security regulations also include ban on movement of motorcyclists in the city after dawn, as many ISIS bombers in the past have used motorcycles to launch attacks on targets in liberated districts.