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This is Tara Fares, 22 years old, rose tattoos, and Miss Baghdad 2013.
Instagram followers, 2.8 million. Yet on a closer look there is something odd about the last post, some of which reads, in a treacherous and cowardly incident of this day, I moved to the mercy of God. It's an obituary. The Iraqi model was gunned down on September 27th, shot three times at the wheel of her Porsche in an upmarket part of Baghdad.
This CCTV footage was taken moments after she was shot, showing her car rolling forward as men leave the scene on motorbikes. The Iraqi government said Fares was killed by an extremist group, and is investigating links to other incidents. It seems her death was not an anomaly, but part of a disturbing trend.
> It came two days after activist Suad al-Ali was shot dead in Basra. In August, Rasha al-Hassan, the owner of a beauty center, was found dead in her home. A week before that, Rafeef al-Yassiri, a famous plastic surgeon, also found dead. She was the founder of Iraq's famous Barbie Clinic.
This is her in a 2015 interview with Reuters.>> For a long time I wanted to bring something new and special to Iraqi society.>> While the cause of death isn't known for all, the four women were famous for challenging the norms of a conservative society. Hanaa Edwar is a women's rights activist, and thinks the killings are designed to stop the women being part of public life.
>> This was meant to stop the transition from extremism and social isolation towards an open horizon, where women can effectively participate in society.>>
wrote a post in July saying, I'm not afraid of those who deny the existence of God, but I'm really afraid of those who kill to prove the existence of God.
Most have already sold or closed their accounts. You could say that they are keeping a low profile, they're waiting for the dust to settle in Iraq.>> Two days after
It's not clear yet if the four deaths are connected, but some think the women were targeted by hard line extremists.>> They want to keep women in a bottle, so they are trying to block any domain women can have a role in.>> Foreshadowing her fate,