Maternity bras and law firms: the unlikely victims of ISIS’ name

A U.S.-based maternity lingerie company produced the “Isis Blue Maternity & Nursing Bra.” (File photo: Shutterstock)

A maternity bra, an international law organization and a jihadist group may first appear to have little in common – until now.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (or) the Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaeda-inspired militant group, has become an increasingly prolific name in the Middle East, as its militants seize large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, perform brutal executions, and impose their hardline version of Islamic law.

When searching for “ISIL” or “ISIS” online, the militants group’s abundant online activities – including pictures of guns, dead bodies and armored convoys on Instagram and Twitter – often appear as top search results.

However, the group’s acronyms are unwittingly shared by several other organizations in completely unrelated fields.

The deputy director of the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL), V.K. Singh, told Al Arabiya News on Friday that: “[Having the same acronym] could be an embarrassing situation for anyone to be seen in [accordance] to a group like that, but it has not [in] any way destabilize[d] our integrity.”

India’s ISIL was established over 50 years ago, “to disseminate the knowledge of international law,” said Singh.

On the opposite side of the world, a U.S.-based maternity lingerie company sells the “Isis Blue Maternity & Nursing Bra,” among other products.

“[The bra] is for the breastfeeding mom and the pregnant mom, so I’m sure that she’ll just giggle and move on,” Uyo Okebie-Eichelberger, founder of Atlanta-based You! Lingerie told Al Arabiya News.

“The woman that’s looking for our product will know that it has nothing to do with the political thing that’s going on,” she added.

“[The bra] is for the breastfeeding mom and the pregnant mom, so I’m sure that she’ll just giggle and move on,” Uyo Okebie-Eichelberger, founder of Atlanta-based You! Lingerie told Al Arabiya News.

“The woman that’s looking for our product will know that it has nothing to do with the political thing that’s going on,” she added.

Many other organizations with the acronyms ISIS were not immediately available to comment when contacted by Al Arabiya News.

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