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The caliphate’s ashes 

June 07, 20187:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62). First floor. 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

On June 7, journalist Mikel Ayestaran will be presenting his latest book, published by Editorial Península, at our Madrid headquarters.

At the event, Ayestaran will hold a dialogue with Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s International Politics Coordinator.

The loss of Mosul to the Iraqi forces in July of 2017 marked the beginning of the end for the self-proclaimed Islamic State caliphate and the start of a new era in the Middle East. However, the “caliphate’s defeat” on-site has been translated into hundreds of ghost towns and cities to which civilians cannot return because of the destruction, the lack of services and, above all, the fear and lack of safety caused by the Islamic State, which, far from disappearing, has become a sort of terror in the shadows. The region, mired in uncertainty by the power vacuum created in those areas under Jihadist control, is fighting to restore normality. Ayestaran’s book provides a portrait of the lives of those who survived the caliphate and the war, all now struggling to get back to normal.

Presentation information sheet

Mikel Ayestaran (Besain - Guipúzcoa, 1975) is a freelance multimedia journalist and writer. He is currently in the field covering countries like Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. In 2005, he decided to leave the editorial staff after a decade with El Diario Vasco and devoted his work to covering the open conflicts in the Middle East. He works with the groups EiTB and Vocento, and forms part of the founding team of the international reporting platform 5W. He is the author of books which include Oriente Medio, Oriente roto (Middle East, Broken East, 2017) and Gaza, Cuna de mártires (Gaza, Cradle of Martyrs, 2016). He was in Baghdad on the morning when the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took Mosul and, three years later, he witness the fall of Daesh in that same city.
The caliphate’s ashes