Life After ISIS: Episode 2 — Ahmad: “I Was a Teenager in Daesh”

Life After ISIS: Episode 2 — Ahmad: “I Was a Teenager in Daesh”

In the fall of 2016, an army of over 100,000 Iraqi soldiers and militia men mobilize to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from the clutches of #ISIS. Among them is embedded Iraqi journalist Ali Maula, who witnesses the temporary alliance between Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and #Kurds — all of whom have differing motivations in the region – but are united by the common goal of freeing their country from the scourge of ISIS.

The road to Mosul is no easy path, and it provides a snapshot of the controversial and larger than life characters who are impacting a political climate that has reached its boiling point: a Sunni tribal leader called “The Crocodile”; an Iranian-backed lawyer-turned-warrior; a female militia leader avenging the death of her husband; and the refugees who inhabit sprawling relief camps that are the scars of ISIS occupation. As we near the end of Ali’s journey, we encounter a jailed ISIS prisoner who reveals the haunting truth behind his organization.

In the aftermath of the largest siege since Stalingrad, sectarian conflict begins to re-emerge – and the tactical victory is met by a stark realization: that the war against ISIS may be over, but the seeds of another conflict have already been sown.

Directed by former #CIA counterterrorism officer Daniel Gabriel
88 minutes, English, 5.1 surround

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