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War on Terror

The global terror network was hardly known to the public before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington. Since then, the Islamic extremist organization has become the center of the War on Terror and has alleged footholds in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Africa and Europe.

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

Violence in Syria has been appalling in the run up to this week's peace talks in Switzerland, where rebel and government representatives are to sit down together. Secret meetings in recent months give cause for hope. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Masked Army: Jihadist Group Expands Rapidly in Syria

Masked Army: Jihadist Group Expands Rapidly in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

A murderous Islamist group called ISIS is obstructing Syrian rebels in their battle against President Bashar Assad's regime. The Free Syrian Army seems barely able to put up a fight in the face of their brutal tactics. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

From Jail to Jihad: Former Prisoners Fight in Syrian Insurgency

From Jail to Jihad: Former Prisoners Fight in Syrian Insurgency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

Some have done time for terrorism, while others were radicalized inside: Former prison inmates are now on the frontlines of the Syrian civil war. The jihadists fighting alongside the rebels are discrediting the insurgency, just as Damascus may have hoped. By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Terror Retooled: Al-Qaida Thinks Globally But Acts Locally

Terror Retooled: Al-Qaida Thinks Globally But Acts Locally

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

The new warning last week of possible imminent attacks by al-Qaida fueled fears far beyond America's borders. But the movement founded by Osama bin Laden has long since shifted from mass international attacks to local battles -- with success. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Fodder for the Front: German Jihadists on Syria's Battlefields

Fodder for the Front: German Jihadists on Syria's Battlefields

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2013

Jihadists from Germany are engaging in combat, and dying, on the side of the rebels in Syria. Authorities fear the young and inexperienced fighters will be radicalized before they return to Europe, assuming they survive at all. By Kurt Pelda more... Comment ]

Interview with Ahmed Rashid: The West Should 'Change Its Approach to Failing States'

Interview with Ahmed Rashid: The West Should 'Change Its Approach to Failing States'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 31, 2012

Ahmed Rashid, one of the world's foremost experts on Afghanistan, once welcomed US intervention in the failed state. But in a SPIEGEL interview, the Pakistani journalist says the West's model for development is fundamentally flawed and must be changed. more... Comment ]

Calling Big Brother: Germans Consider Brit-Style CCTV after Foiled Bombing

Calling Big Brother: Germans Consider Brit-Style CCTV after Foiled Bombing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2012

Germany's former capital narrowly escaped a deadly bombing last week when a device placed on a train station platform failed to detonate. The authorities suspect radical Islamists, but they are having trouble finding the perpetrators due to a lack of recorded surveillance images. The case has reignited calls for greater use of CCTV in Germany. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Detox Man versus KSM: The 9/11 Prosecutor's Quest for Transparency

Detox Man versus KSM: The 9/11 Prosecutor's Quest for Transparency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2012

Pre-trial hearings in the prosecution of 9/11 mastermand Khalid Sheikh Mohammed began last week at the US base at Guantanamo. Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins hopes to create as fair a trial as possible, despite the death penalty being almost a foregone conclusion. But the challenges are daunting and the American government is making his task difficult. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Rebels Reject Jihad: Are Reports of al-Qaida in Syria Exaggerated?

Rebels Reject Jihad: Are Reports of al-Qaida in Syria Exaggerated?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2012

Intelligence reports claim that members of the al-Qaida terrorist network are streaming into Syria to join the rebel ranks. But the rebels deny the allegations and say that jihadists are not welcome. In any case, it is the Assad regime that has long had ties to al-Qaida. By Kurt Pelda, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

In Search of 'True' Islam: Salafists Abandon Germany for Egypt

In Search of 'True' Islam: Salafists Abandon Germany for Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2012

Salafist Muslims influenced by a controversial preacher are leaving Germany to move to Egypt in search of the "true" Islam. German intelligence officials, who have been cracking down on radical Muslim groups recently, are concerned they may end up in networks linked to al-Qaida. more...