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Detroiter battles ISIS on Iraqi radio

Kurt Nagl

Imagine driving through a war zone in Iraq to report on the latest offensive against ISIS. As you nervously head toward the frontlines, you turn the car's radio dial and suddenly hear an Eminem song. That's exactly what happened to reporter Kurt Nagl. 

In his latest article for Bridge Magazine, Nagl tells the story of Michigander Noor Matti. Born in Iraq, Matti's family fled the country while he was still a child and made metro Detroit their home.

After graduating from college, Noor returned to the city of Irbil. With a passion for media, Noor soon found himself on the airwaves of Babylon FM, on an English language morning show that uses music and humor as part of the arsenal to combat ISIS.

Nagl tells Stateside host Cynthia that Noor decided, "Well, I'm coming to bring the best of my hometown, Detroit, to my homeland."

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