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ISIS Forces Iraq Shopkeepers to Veil Mannequins

Image: Mannequins with their faces covered are displayed in a shop window in central Mosul
Mannequins with their faces covered are displayed in a shop window in Mosul, Iraq, July 21, 2014. AP

ISIS has ordered shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The Sunni extremist group recently declared a caliphate – or Islamic State - covering parts of Syria and Iraq. Shop owners in Mosul said they had been told to cover the faces of male and female mannequins, apparently in line with strict interpretations of Shariah law that forbid statues or artwork depicting the human form.

Image: Mannequins with their faces covered are displayed in a shop window in central Mosul
Mannequins with their faces covered are displayed in a shop window in Mosul, Iraq, July 21, 2014. AP