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In the war on terror, who is it that we’re really fighting? “Caliphate” follows Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism for The New York Times, on her quest to understand ISIS. For more information about the series, visit nytimes.com/caliphate. This...Show More
Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part Two

26:52 | Jun 14th, 2018

After three years in ISIS captivity, a young Yazidi girl returns to her family. Rukmini is there to witness it.
Chapter One: The Reporter

23:47 | Apr 19th, 2018

Rukmini describes the reality of being on the terrorism beat and why she brings trash bags with her to the frontlines of the war against ISIS.
Chapter Ten: One Year Later

32:34 | Jun 21st, 2018

What does the future hold for the ISIS returnee who confessed to murder? And what does he believe now?
Chapter Nine: Prisoners, Part One

26:56 | Jun 14th, 2018

Slavery was enmeshed in the theology of ISIS. Rukmini speaks to an ISIS detainee who challenges her to find the girl he enslaved. She does.
Chapter Eight: The Briefcase

34:18 | Jun 7th, 2018

We found a trove of secret documents after Mosul fell. It led us to the mother of an ISIS official.
Chapter Seven: Mosul

34:41 | May 31st, 2018

What did ISIS leave behind as their hold on Mosul crumbled?
Chapter Six: Paper Trail

43:11 | May 24th, 2018

“Something was off.” Rukmini’s doubt fuels a quest to uncover the truth.
Chapter Five: The Heart

21:03 | May 17th, 2018

The recruit carried out the killing. Then he questioned everything.
Chapter Four: Us vs. Them

25:23 | May 10th, 2018

A new recruit proves his worth and gets invited to a secret meeting.
Chapter Three: The Arrival

23:08 | May 3rd, 2018

ISIS turns fantasy into reality for a new recruit.
Chapter Two: Recruitment

32:05 | Apr 26th, 2018

Who is it that ISIS appeals to, and how? Rukmini speaks with a former ISIS member about how and why he joined the fold.
Prologue: The Mission

06:28 | Apr 19th, 2018

The war on terror has cost the U.S. billions and has been fought for nearly 20 years. Rukmini Callimachi, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, asks, “Who are we really fighting?”