My contacts in #Mosul have NOT heard that "Islamic State" ordered FGM for all females in their city http://t.co/kQFWKwGeLf
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) July 24, 2014
Iraqi contacts say #Mosul story is fake. No evidence ISIS calling for #FGM to be carried out against girls and women #Iraq
— Shaista Aziz (@shaistaAziz) July 24, 2014
#UN statement that #ISIS issued fatwa calling 4 FGM 4 girls is false residents of Mosul say includng a doctor, jourrnalist and tribal leader
— Leila Fadel (@LeilaFadel) July 24, 2014
UN official Jacqueline Badcock claims that ISIS issued a fatwa ordering the practice, which she says is "very new for Iraq." According to the UN, the ISIS edict could impact nearly 4 million women in Iraq.
"This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," she told the BBC.
Female genital mutilation generally occurs before the age of 14, according to UNICEF. The practice is most common in Middle Eastern and African countries, where some cultures believe it prepares girls for adulthood and marriage.
The practice can result in health issues for women, including bleeding, infertility and infections.