Apparently there’s been a few more “Men in Black… Burqas” incidents lately. This article shows the rather hilariously bad result of one such escape, and claims warning went around in 2007.
As late as that?!
Not only is disguising male operatives or soldiers as women (usually as washerwomen, to be precise) among the oldest tricks in the clandestine playbook, they were doing this to the Russians in the 80s. I remember working with more than a few Brits in OIF1 and this was something we knew to watch for there, so how did this information fail to be reiterated until 2007 and fail to be remembered today?
Baffling, all of it.