Friday, May 4

Rukmini Callimachi on Audio’s Power to Reveal the Truth of the ‘Caliphate’


Rukmini Callimachi, The Times’s terrorism correspondent, at a church in western Mosul that had been converted into the headquarters of the Islamic State’s morality police.
"Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. 'Who are they?' This seemingly simple question drives “Caliphate,” The Times’s first documentary audio series, as Rukmini Callimachi, a foreign correspondent, searches for a deeper understanding of the Islamic State. 'Caliphate' debuted in April, with Ms. Callimachi, who has covered Al Qaeda and ISIS for The Times since 2014, serving as its guide, deftly aided by the producer Andy Mills. Their 10-part series centers on the story of 'Abu Huzayfah,' a former ISIS member living in Canada who, like many jihadists, uses a nom de guerre. The podcast complements 'The ISIS Files,' Ms. Callimachi’s investigation into thousands of internal Islamic State documents that her team recovered from Iraq. New chapters of 'Caliphate' are released every Thursday afternoon, and subscribers can listen a week early. ..."
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A soldier of the pesh merga, the Iraqi Kurdish military force, handed over a man suspected of being an Islamic State militant to security officials near Kirkuk, Iraq, in October 2017.
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Fleeing Iraqi civilians walked past the Al Nuri Grand Mosque in Mosul, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq, in July 2017.

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