The origins of the fundamentalist Wahhabi terror collective ISIS can be traced to jihadi organizations operating in Jordan in 1999. However, it was not until 2014 that the group gained international notoriety. By staging a large-scale military offensive in Iraq, ISIS became a global threat.
ISIS successfully captured several important Iraqi cities, including Mosul. And according to Amnesty International, it was responsible for ethnic cleansing on a “historic scale.” However, in July 2017, the Iraqi army recaptured Mosul, signaling an important turning point in the fight against ISIS after months of warfare. It was during this counter-offensive that the BBC journalists Sommerville and Dalati visited the country.
The three militants found by the riverbank at the farmhouse in February 2017 had apparently been killed in an airstrike. Their remains were severely disfigured: one body was missing part of its head; another body’s limbs were cut to the bone. Searching through their possessions, the ERD discovered a memory card for a cell phone. And the photos it contained offered fascinating glimpses of the militants’ private lives.