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 and the Mosul Eye website. 

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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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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