Rukmini Callimachi

Rukmini Callimachi


Correspondent for The New York Times, covering ISIS. NBC contributor. Previously, seven years in West Africa. Ex-AP bureau chief. Ex-refugee.

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I’ve been off TamTam for a few hours. Look at how many missed posts there were in that time in the ISIS channels I follow. Much depends on how TamTam responds, but given they don’t even have a Twitter account (suggesting they’re understaffed) I do wonder if this is ISIS’ new home

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In which @EmmanuelMacron  schools @realDonaldTrump  on ISIS, stressing what has been said ad nauseum: Foreign fighters are only a small % of overall # of fighters. ISIS was never defeated in Iraq and Syria & Turkish incursion has made it much harder to keep up pressure on the group

@OGAride  It’s a combination of claims of responsibility for various attacks, images of fighters in battle and of aftermath of explosions and general ideological tirades inciting others to attack.

And to have families who pretend that you going there was no big deal, just the actions of a misguided young person.

@AnneSpeckhard  And any woman who crossed into the caliphate and was unmarried was housed in an ISIS dormitory until they were married. The only entities that can claim to be innocent of ISIS association when coming from the West are children, and I agree that something needs to be done for them

I wonder why Hollywood always needs to depict female reporters as trading sex for scoops? Borrowing from Madonna, “if only it were that easy.” Second, the way female reporters get scoops is so much more exciting, grueling, difficult - in a word, suspenseful & cinematic - than sex

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A Turkish airstrike hit a convoy of civilians in northeastern Syria. Numerous journalists were with them and several are reported killed. We don’t yet know their identities. This is the France 2 team letting colleagues know that they are okay. #Awful .

1. Two sources have confirmed to the New York Times that Baghdadi’s location in Idlib was confirmed as far back as early July, so 3.5 months ago. I spent months working on his obituary. Here’s what I can share now:

An SDF commander has confirmed to me that the Ain Issa camp has fallen and all the detainees (a population of thousands that includes ISIS supporters, ISIS relatives and civilians) have fled. “An unbelievable mess,” the commander said. Latest message:

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I don’t like the word hero. It’s overused. But my god is it applicable here. French gendarme Arnaud Beltrame handed himself over to an ISIS-inspired gunman yesterday to save a hostage’s life. In the ensuing raid, he was shot & spent the night fighting for his life. He just passed

This story has slipped through the news cycle with barely a peep: An American Airlines mechanic who used a piece of foam to sabotage a Miami flight’s air landing module had ISIS videos on his phone and a brother who may have joined the terror group:

1. Hello everyone, I wanted to share what I learned from the more than 15,000 pages of ISIS documents that my team and I unearthed over five different trips to Iraq. We recovered the records in 11 different cities and towns. First up, how we found them.

1. Last night, I found myself in tears at the news. I do not recognize the America that welcomed my family so many years ago. #IAmARefugee 

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