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Miss Iraq ‘receives kidnap threat in chilling phone call’ from ISIS after victory

  • Shaymaa Qasim won first such contest held in Iraq in more than 40 years
  • But there are claims she received a chilling kidnap threat after her victory
  • The 20-year-old said she would ‘continue forward despite any obstacles’

A beauty queen crowned the first Miss Iraq since 1972 received a chilling phonecall warning she would be abducted if she did not join ISIS, it has been claimed.

Shaymaa Qasim Abdelrahman received the threat after she was made champion in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Saturday, according to media in Kuwait.

The 20-year-old, from Kirkuk, was said to have been left distressed by the phone call but insists threats will not stop her.


According to the Jerusalem Post, which cited Kuwaiti daily al-Watan, the student was told to join the caliphate or face being kidnapped.

But fresh from winning the contest – the first to be held in Iraq in more than 40 years – the beauty queen said she was determined to ‘continue forward despite any obstacles’.

And she told NBC News: ‘I want to prove that the Iraqi woman has her own existence in society, she has her rights like men. I am afraid of nothing, because I am confident that what I am doing is not wrong.’

In September, it was reported that organisers of the event were facing an angry backlash from religious hardliners and conservative tribal leaders who said such pageants are un-Islamic and threatened public morality.



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