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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Please join me now with @mkimreporter  on @KQEDForum  to discuss the path and missteps that led police to the door of Breonna Taylor’s home:

These stories about Western women being “tricked” into crossing the Turkish border into Syria by manipulative men who hoodwink them into joining ISIS - seriously? It’s *not* easy to cross that border & involves smugglers. Why do people still fall for this?

Incredible reporting by @Lattif ⁩ @declanwalsh ⁩ @MatinaStevis ⁩ @ruthmaclean ⁩ on the Hutu man whose heroic actions saving Tutsi civilians in 1994 were the subject of the movie “Hotel Rwanda.” He is now in jail on trumped up charges:

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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”.

For 7 years, I covered dictators and strongmen in West and Central Africa. The No. 1 move of an incumbent who thinks he’s going to lose an upcoming election, is to delay the ballot citing security concerns or else technical issues - “oops, ballots couldn’t be printed in time!”

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

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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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:

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 .

For 6 minutes, radio logs, 911 calls and witness statements indicate that Breonna Taylor was still alive after she was shot, but no aid was rendered. Officials including the coroner say her time of death is not exact and that her injurries were lethal:

After years of paperwork, in the midst of a pandemic, my husband became a US citizen today. There are now *three* Americans in this photo:

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