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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Hi everyone, I’ve been asked to look at the hospital situation in New Jersey as COVID rips through our communities. If you are a doctor, nurse, patient, or the relative or loved one of someone in the hospital & would like to help me, pls send me a direct message. My DMs are open.

Like so many others, I found myself without childcare for much of today. I decided to chance it & call a hospital I was trying to reach. My baby was playing at my feet when I was first put on hold. Then screaming exactly when I was transferred to my source. She hung up on me.

Felt down today. I forced myself to go for a run, using the jogging stroller to bring my bundled-up son along. It started pouring midway through our run. Feel so much better & baby fell asleep with 0 fuss. Exercise is the medicine I need to remember to reach for in this new world

Upshot of quarantine: My dog, who had started to waddle, looks like he’s lost 5 lbs, thanks to runs to help me clear my head. Baby, who has had a persistent runny nose ever since he started daycare, no longer has a runny nose and has gained weight. Dog -weight; Baby +weight

I’m very proud of the fact that I haven’t gained an ounce. It’s taking a lot of willpower to not eat my way through quarantine.

Very sorry Maggie and relieved that you’re on the mend


1. I’ve had a chance to check in with sources, including two US officials who had intelligence briefings after the strike on Suleimani. Here is what I’ve learned. According to them, the evidence suggesting there was to be an imminent attack on American targets is “razor thin”.

17. Before I go back to the pool let me just say the obvious: No one’s trying to downplay Suleimani’s crimes. The question is why now? His whereabouts have been known before. His resume of killing-by-proxy is not a secret. Hard to decouple his killing from the impeachment saga.

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

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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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. 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.