Male ISIS fighters caught dressed in niqab fleeing Manbij

Footage published by Rudaw English showed a group of 10 ISIS men attempting to escape in disguise as regular Syrian women

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A group of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants were reportedly caught in women’s clothing as they tried to escape the grips of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Manbij.

Footage published by Rudaw English, a private online newspaper in Erbil, showed a group of 10 ISIS male militants attempting to escape in disguise as regular Syrian women, complete with black veils to conceal their true identities.

Initially, SDF had ordered all ISIS militants in the region to leave Manbij, giving them 48 hours to leave before attacking last week.

One of the fighters said the group attempted to flee dressed in women’s clothing during a ceasefire as a means to escape both ISIS leadership and the Syrian Democratic Forces.

“We were guarding a building. The (ISIS) emirs were also hiding inside. They were ordering us to all continue fighting,” one fighter named Abu Hambal al-Ansari is heard saying in the video.

Their failed impersonation ended in disaster when they were caught by the soldiers and forced to strip down to their underwear on film. The clip does not continue beyond this, and the end result of their capture remains unknown.

ISIS, an extremist group that has taken large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, have been known for their hard-line extremist religious views. Just last year, photos surfaced online showed an Iraqi garment factory - apparently under ISIS control - producing small-sized hijabs for children.