Afrin: Kurdish women protest after being told by Turkish-backed militias to wear the hijab

Turkish-backed jihadi militiamen, who seized the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Northern Syria earlier this year, have put up posters carrying instructions about obedience to sharia law beside the outline of a woman wearing a full niqab – a black garment shrouding the body and face, The Independent reports.

The posters sparked angry street protests by Kurds, who are mostly Muslim but have a secular tradition and have remained in Afrin since the invasion by the Turkish army and Syrian militiamen, often members of jihadi groups, of which Isis and al-Qaeda are more extreme examples.