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- Mark Danner, “Iraq: The New War,” The New York Review of Books, September 25, 2003
- On the brewing insurgency that would eventually give rise to the Islamic State in Iraq – precursor to ISIS.
- Peter Neumann, “Suspects into Collaborators,” London Review of Books, April 3, 2014
- On the role of Bashar al-Assad in nurturing jihadi organizations.
- Mara Revkin, “ISIS’ Social Contract: What the Islamic State offers civilians,” Foreign Affairs, Jan. 21, 2016
- On state-building efforts under the Islamic State within Syrian and Iraqi territory.
- Neil Swidey, “Where did ISIS come from? The story starts here,” Boston Globe, March 10, 2016
- Nicolas Henin, Jihad Academy: The Rise of the Islamic State, 2016
- Henin was held by ISIS as a hostage in Syria.
- Rasha Al Aqeedi, “The Once and Future Mosul,” The American Interest, Sept. 26, 2016
- On the history and society of Mosul, occupied by ISIS 2014-2017.
- Ben Taub, “Iraq’s Post-ISIS Campaign of Revenge,” New Yorker, December 24, 2018
- On the grim realities of trying to adjudicate cases of involvement in ISIS in the aftermath of the groups destruction on the battlefield.