The Secret Eye Inside Mosul

The coalition fighting the Islamic State has reached the outskirts of Mosul, an Iraqi city seized in 2014. A clandestine blog, Mosul Eye, has documented life in Mosul under the terrorist group in terse lists and describes a city in ruins. Scholars suggest that the blog is written by someone in Mosul, providing details that could helpful coalition forces. ISIS has sent messages to the account, promising death for the blogger if identified and found. The city has access to social media, and Robin Wright, for the New Yorker, questions the blogger, a self-described “independent historian.” The interview has a tone of resignation, describing the fear permeating the population of 1.5 million and 9,000 ISIS troops, surrounded by Iraqi forces and militias, as well as the anticipation for high numbers of casualties. Huge challenges, including a strained relationship with Baghdad and the threat of revenge by Shiite militias, await Mosul even after the Islamic State is vanquished. – YaleGlobal

The Secret Eye Inside Mosul

Since 2014, a clandestine blogger has shared details of life, religion and terror under ISIS – and answers a reporter’s questions as battle rages around Mosul
Robin Wright
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Robin Wright is a contributing writer for, and has written for the magazine since 1988.

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I did not know that I was featured on your website, I am now a World Fellow at Yale university! Wow, that is really amazing!

I remember that article from two years ago and am so happy you are safe and at Yale. Good luck and have a great year, and thank you for taking the time to comment.

Thank you Susan, I am not just at Yale, I am exploring its records, I have found a Yale professor who spent 5 months in Mosul in 1843, I am also writing an op-ed for Yale Daily News, I can't believe I am still alive!