Rukmini Maria Callimachi is a Romanian-American journalist who currently works for The New York Times.
After a five-year international manhunt, the leader of the Islamic State, who at one point controlled a caliphate the size of Britain, was killed in a raid by elite United States forces in Syria over the weekend.Today, we explore the life and death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — and the legacy he leaves behind. Guest: Rukmini Callimachi, who covers terrorism and the Islamic State for The Times, in conversation with Natalie Kitroeff. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Background reading: Kurdish forces were essential in the mission to track and identify Mr. al-Baghdadi. President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria threw the operation into turmoil.Some survivors of Islamic State brutality said Mr. al-Baghdadi’s death came too late. “He deserves a worse and more abhorrent death,” one added.
What does the future hold for the ISIS returnee who confessed to murder? And what does he believe now?
After three years in ISIS captivity, a young Yazidi girl returns to her family. Rukmini is there to witness it.
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.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Jun 25th, 1973
Location
New York, New York, USA
Episode Count
16
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
7 hours, 35 minutes