'Mosul': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix film produced by the Russo brothers

'Mosul' is based on a New Yorker article 'The Avengers of Mosul' about an elite Iraqi SWAT team who fought back against the rise of ISIS

                            'Mosul':  Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Netflix film produced by the Russo brothers

Directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan, 'Mosul' is based on a New Yorker article 'The Avengers of Mosul'. The story was about an elite Iraqi SWAT team who fought back against the rise of ISIS, with each of their member having faced loss or injury at the hands of the terrorist group. The article was so powerful that it moved the Russo brothers of, Anthony and Joe, of the 'Avengers: Endgame' fame to tears. It became the passion project of their studio AGBO. Since they were neck-deep in the 'Avengers' franchise at the time, they passed on the directing duties and selected Carnahan for the task. Carnahan made the call to shoot the film in the Arabic dialect spoken in Iraq and give it its documentary-like approach.

Release date

The film will release on Netflix on November 26


When ISIS took their homes, families and city, one group of men fought to take it all back. After inexperienced Iraqi cop Kawa (Adam Bessa) is rescued from a harrowing firefight by the elite Nineveh SWAT team, he’s quickly inducted into the rogue squadron, a band of ten brothers-in-arms led by the wise Major Jasem (Suhail Dabbach). Under constant threat of attack, the unit embarks on a dangerous guerrilla operation, determined to wipe out an enemy base and restore order to the lawless territory. Based on true events, this is the story of the Nineveh SWAT team, a renegade police unit who waged a guerrilla operation against ISIS in a desperate struggle to save their home city of Mosul.


From left, Suhail Dabbach as Major Jaseem and Adam Bessa as Kawa (Netflix)

Suhail Dabbach as Major Jaseem

Suhail Dabbach plays Major Jaseem, the quiet but commanding team leader of the Iraqi SWAT team fighting ISIS. Dabbach was born in Iraq in 1965, and studied acting in the University of Baghdad. When Iraq became increasingly unstable, he moved to Jordan in 1997. Between TV jobs in Jordon, he was cast in Brian De Palma’s 2007 'Redacted'. He then moved to the US in 2008 and currently lives in Albuquerque. He is known for playing the nameless ‘Black Suit Man’, an Iraqi civilian strapped into a bomb vest in Kathryn Bigelow’s 'The Hurt Locker'. He speaks both English and Arabic and is able to speak 4 of the 5 Arabic language dialects. 

Adam Bessa as Kawa

Adam Bessa plays Kawa, the Iraqi cop, rescued by Major Jaseem's Iraqi SWAT team after which he join them to seek revenge. Adam Bessa is best known for playing Yaz Khan in 'Extraction', the most-watched original film in Netflix's history. He has also appeared in 'Of Sound Mind' (2015) and 'The Blessed' (2017). 


Anthony and Joe Russo (Getty Images)


'Mosul' is produced by Anthony and Joe Russo, who work as a writing, directing, and producing team on all projects they work on. They are best known for directing four films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019). The brothers have also worked as directors and/or producers on the comedy series Arrested Development (2003–2005), Community (2009–2014), and Happy Endings (2011–2012). They won a Primetime Emmy Award for Arrested Development.

In this film, the writing and directing credits go to Matthew Michael Carnahan. He is an American screenwriter who wrote the feature film The Kingdom (2007), and the film adaptation of the hit BBC television drama serial State of Play. Carnahan also wrote the screenplay for Lions for Lambs for United Artists. He worked on the screenplay for the zombie film World War Z (2013).


In a city torn apart, Major Jaseem and his team of Iraqi fighters pit themselves against ISIS. In the narrow alleyways of Mosul, the ISIS terrorists have an advantage, but the Iraqi SWAT team has revenge on their minds for what the terrorists have done to their homes and families. In one such gun battle in the city, they rescue Kawa, a cop, and recruit him. But as the skirmishes get increasingly violent, Kawa wonders if joining them was the best idea. But for Major Jaseem, who has lost too much, there is no going back to the "nice man" he once was. 



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