12 EpisodesProduced by The New York TimesWebsite

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 This series includes disturbing language and scenes of… read more

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Chapter Ten: One Year Later

June 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

June 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 Nine: Prisoners, Part Two

June 14th, 2018


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

Chapter Eight: The Briefcase

June 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

May 31st, 2018


What did ISIS leave behind as their hold on Mosul crumbled?

Chapter Six: Paper Trail

May 24th, 2018


“Something was off.” Rukmini’s doubt fuels a quest to uncover the truth.

Chapter Five: The Heart

May 17th, 2018


The recruit carried out the killing. Then he questioned everything.

Chapter Four: Us vs. Them

May 10th, 2018


A new recruit proves his worth and gets invited to a secret meeting.

Chapter Three: The Arrival

May 3rd, 2018


ISIS turns fantasy into reality for a new recruit.

Chapter Two: Recruitment

April 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.

Chapter One: The Reporter

April 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.

Prologue: The Mission

April 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?”

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