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Female genital mutilation story debunked, but are Iraqi women really safe?
Female genital mutilation story debunked, but are Iraqi women really safe?

The story was a grabber: Islamic State, the fundamentalist Al Qaeda breakway group formerly known as ISIS, was planning the genital mutilation of as many as 4 million Iraqi women and girls. The BBC and other news agencies quoted the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, who, in a videolink interview, called  it a “fatwa” and said it was “of grave concern.”   The Kurdish news agency BasNews quoted Ahmed Obaydi, identified as a Mosul police spokesman, as saying that the call to enforce a practice of cutting off women's external genitalia, including the clitoris, was a “ ‘gift’ for the people of...

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