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Life and Death in Mosul Under Islamic State

When 14 Islamic State militants stormed his home, 22-year-old Mohammed was hiding. His father and brother, both police officers under the Iraqi government, had already been killed. “They asked my mom, ‘Where is Mohammed?' " he tells me a year and a half later in Europe. “She said I was at the gym.” Collecting all the money he could find, Mohammed fled Mosul, disguised as an Islamic State fighter, blasting Quran readings on the car radio for authenticity. Noticeably...

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