UN Official: ISIS Demanding Female Genital Mutilation
Militant Sunni group issues fatwa, official says
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2014 11:32 AM CDT
In this March 13, 2014, photo, girls study at an orphanage in Baghdad, Iraq.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

(Newser) – A UN official in Iraq shared disturbing news with reporters today: ISIS militants have issued a religious edict declaring that all women in or around Mosul must undergo female genital mutilation, reports Reuters. The fatwa from the Sunni insurgents, who overtook the northern Iraqi city in June, applies to females between the ages of 11 and 46 and could potentially affect 4 million women and girls in the area, according to the BBC. But, as Reuters points out, some are skeptical of the report, and the UN says it is still investigating.

FGM procedures “intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons,” offering zero health benefits and potentially causing hemorrhaging, urinary issues, and infertility, says the World Health Organization. As the UN spokeswoman notes, the city of Mosul isn’t accustomed to the brutal practice, which the UN General Assembly banned in member states in 2012. “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” the UN rep told reporters via video from Irbil.

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KDickley
Jul 28, 2014 12:37 AM CDT
But, But, But, Obozo the Clown said it was the republicans who had a war on women. He said muslims are a peaceful people. Could the Divider-in-Chief be wrong? And stupid? And racist?
HANKHILL
Jul 25, 2014 3:38 PM CDT
this may be a bit harsh for some of you but these are savages and have been doing this for a very long time. if it is done right it can cause INFERTILITY! INFERTILITY NO KIDS NO MORE MUSLIM FIGHTERS AND MAYBE SOON NO MORE MUSLIMS! i know it will take a lot of time as there are so many of them but we can hope! yes it is a reach but why not let them diy! we dont even have to help them!
BillyB
Jul 25, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
This is really going to piss God off.