Nathir Bashir, 36, was forced to teach in an IS school for two and half years, but he kept his four children at home, away from IS ideology, in Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 27, 2016. (H. Murdock/VOA)

Teaching High School

After Islamic State militants took over eastern Mosul, Iraq, they issued a decree: All teachers must report to a school and resume work for the fall semester. And for two-and-a-half years, Nathir Bashir, an Arabic language teacher, followed orders that started out benign and morphed into terror. In Arabic, he tells his story to VOA from a garden in his Mosul home, as mortars fall and gunfire rings through nearby neighborhoods. His account has been edited for clarity.

Under the Islamic State