Failed disguises of fleeing IS fighters
AN IS militant didn't have a chance escaping the frontline in his female make-up disguise.
The jihadist plucked his eyebrows before applying purple eyeshadow, mascara, foundation, blusher and lashings of red lipstick.
It even appears he added a couple of beauty spots to his cheeks to complete the makeover.
He clearly forgot about his moustache and goatee beard and ended up looking more like The Joker.
The picture of the made-up fugitive was released after he was captured by the Iraqi army in Mosul, The Sun reported.
A second snap showed him in his usual battlefield look.
Jihadists have been so desperate to avoid being detained by forces that have liberated the city.
Other pictures released by Iraqi forces show the ISIS fighters' hapless attempts at dressing as women.
One fighter captured by Iraqi forces had a full make-over complete with red lipstick and heavy eye shadow.
He was also wearing a bobbed wig and padded lacy white bra for added realism.
However, he'd neglected to shave his chest hair, which was clearly visible through his cream-coloured top.
Another had been captured in full-length traditional Islamic clothing and blue handbag, while one had been picked up by a patrol wearing a red velvet outfit - and a beard.
Meanwhile, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has said that be believes that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive, despite Russia claiming it killed him in an air strike in Syria last month.
Mattis said he had seen no evidence that the terror chief is dead, following weeks of speculation over his death.
"I think Baghdadi's alive," Mattis said. "I think that he is alive, and I'll believe otherwise when we know we've killed him.
"We are going after him, but we assume he is alive."
He added: "For obvious reasons, we're trying to track him pretty closely because he's declared war on us, so he is going to reap his reward for it."
Al-Baghdadi was thought dead following a Russian air strike on Raqqa that took out dozens of top terror commanders.
Moscow had said evil Al-Baghdadi was holding a crisis meeting with 30 of his jihadi commanders and 300 fighters in the Syrian city when Putin's planes struck.
Moscow's defence ministry issued a statement at the time saying: "IS leader Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed as a result of the strike, was also present at the meeting."
Earlier this week Kurdish counter-terrorism officials issued a statement saying they believed that al-Baghdadi was still alive.
Lahur Talabany said that he was 99 per cent certain the ISIS boss was still living.
Speaking to Reuters, he said: "We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 per cent he is alive.
"He knows what he is doing."
Iraqi native al-Baghdadi has not been seen since making his only known public appearance as "caliph" in 2014 at the Grand Mosque of Al-Nuri in Mosul, which was destroyed in the battle for Iraq's second city.
He has a $25 million bounty on his head and was rumoured to move throughout ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and was re-published with permission.