A United Nations representative has claimed the Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and around Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), but i100 understands the story to be false.
Jacqueline Badcock, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, told reporters in Geneva via videolink from Erbil that the "fatwa" issued by the militant group, formerly known as Isis, would affect 4million females aged between 11 and 49.
A UN spokesman in Geneva told Reuters said that they were seeking clarity and trying to establish the facts.
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"Out of fear for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and our Islamic society, as a result of the spread of immorality and vice between sons and daughters of Allah. For the honour of our lord and for the faithful...
"A resolution is issued to all states that female circumcision is honourable in itself and for the Caliphate, emir of the believers..."
Shiraz Maher, a Senior Fellow at King's College London specialising in the Middle East, had looked at the image for i100 - before the UN's claims - and concluded it was a fake, likely spread by one of the many, many groups opposed to Isis.
Mr Maher told us FGM was more "cultural" rather than having a specific association with Islamism, adding that it is "not something jihadists have ever really taken up" or "spoken about".
Ms Badcock herself acknowledged that the order would represent a departure for the jihadists in her initial statement.
"This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed," she told journalists.
"This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists."
It is unclear whether the UN representative's comments were a reaction to the above image, or reflect other information.
However, Mr Maher later told us: "Locals in Mosul, including doctors, say this is just a hoax. That's also my gut feeling."