Mosul and the Islamic State


When the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or Daesh) captured Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul in 2014, it heralded a period of unimaginable terror and destruction. A young man named Omar, writing under the penname of ‘Mosul Eye’, secretly reported from the besieged city unveiling to the world apocalyptic scenes as militants desperately searched for him. For the first time, Mosul and the Islamic State tells the untold stories from inside the Islamic State’s reign of terror over this ancient city, the pursuit of justice in its aftermath, and the enduring struggle of its people for a better future.

This podcast is hosted by Omar Mohammed, written by Haroro Ingram, with audio editing by Andrew Mines. To learn more about the work that informed this podcast, please see: The ISIS Reader: Milestone Texts of the Islamic State Movement, the Mosul Eye website, and The Long Jihad

The music featured in this podcast is written and performed by Ameen Mokdad, and the artwork is produced by Farah al-Yousif.

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Mosul and the Islamic State: The Road Ahead

On September 21 at 10AM EST, the Program on Extremism hosted a special event to launch the final episode of Mosul & the Islamic State featuring a line-up of keynote speakers from Iraq. The opening session focused on the opportunities and challenges associated with the pursuit of justice for victims of Daesh crimes, the experiences of Mosuli women before and after Daesh occupation, and the role of the arts in rehabilitating the city and its people. This session was chaired by Program on Extremism senior research fellow Haroro Ingram, with keynote speakers featuring:

  • Murad Ismael, Co-Founder and President, Sinjar Academy
  • Natia Navrouzov, Legal Advocacy Directory, Yazda
  • Ameen Mokdad, Mosuli musician
  • Asma Khalid, Mosuli entrepreneur
  • Ahmad Al Basheer, Iraqi comedian, journalist, and host of the Albasheer Show

A moderated discussion featuring Program on Extremism research fellow Omar Mohammed followed to formally launch both the final episode of the podcast and to release the research paper that informed the series, The Long Jihad. This four-part podcast series tells the untold stories from the Islamic State’s reign of terror over the city of Mosul, the pursuit of justice in its aftermath, and the enduring struggle of its people for a better future.


Statement by Karim Khan QC, Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

At our launch event for Episode 1: Creating Monsters, we were joined by Karim Khan QC, Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, as well as by former CIA Director General David Petraeus, The Atlantic's Graeme Wood, and University of Ninevah Law School Dean Professor Zeena Ghanim. You can watch the event recording here

In his statement, Karim Khan offered praise for Omar's work as Mosul Eye and reflected on the important roles that justice and vigilance must play in helping the city of Mosul heal and recover. A transcript of his full remarks is available here, and you can watch his full statement below.



Podcast Team

Omar Mohammed

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Haroro Ingram

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Andrew Mines

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