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The jihadi group has handed out leaflets in its stronghold of Mosul in recent weeks announcing that full beards become compulsory on June 1 and explaining why shaving is punishable.Mosul is Iraq's second city and used to have a population of around 2 million before ISIS militants swept in a year ago.Unlike some of the other cities ISIS conquered in Iraq, Mosul still holds a large civilian population, making any air campaign difficult. The Taliban in Afghanistan had so-called "beard patrols" that could send men to jail for three days to a week simply for having trimmed their beard.Mosul residents said a tougher beard policy imposed by ISIS one year into the group's occupation of the city was a ploy, not a sign of renewed religious zeal.
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