The Call of Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

The Call of Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2014

Islamic State has no qualms about killing Kurds in Syria. Yet the organization has still managed to attract Kurdish supporters in Europe. In Hamburg, a number of families are struggling to cope with their sons' decisions to answer the call of jihad. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Germany's Drone Conundrum: 'New Wars' Demand New Mindsets

Germany's Drone Conundrum: 'New Wars' Demand New Mindsets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2013

Germany's government recently announced plans to do a 180-degree policy shift by deploying armed drones in combat. It argues that remote-controlled killing machines are no different than any other weapons, but experts say the "new wars" have completely different -- and revolutionary -- rules. A Commentary by Thomas Darnstaedt more... Comment ]

Islamist Mind Games: How Young German Men Are Lured into Jihad

Islamist Mind Games: How Young German Men Are Lured into Jihad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2012

Young Muslim men in Germany are systematically trying to recruit their peers for jihad using sophisticated rhetoric and psychology and by targeting vulnerable youths who are searching for direction in life. Two men who have quit the scene tell their story to SPIEGEL, providing a rare look into a dangerous underground. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

More Pistols than Pampers: Disillusioned German Islamists Abandoning Jihad

More Pistols than Pampers: Disillusioned German Islamists Abandoning Jihad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2012

More than 200 Islamists are believed to have left Germany to join the jihad in Pakistan. But, after learning what life there is really like, many of them are abandoning the cause and heading home -- right into the unwelcoming arms of the law. By Özlem Gezer and Holger Stark in Istanbul more...

Raining Death: German Jihadist Killed in US Drone Attack

Raining Death: German Jihadist Killed in US Drone Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2012

A US Army drone strike in March killed a German citizen who had joined the jihad in Pakistan. His death has the potential to reignite the debate over the legitimacy of air strikes by unmanned drones and may increase diplomatic tensions with the US. By Hubert Gude more...

Interview With German Intelligence Chief: 'We Must Be The First to Go In and the Last to Leave'

Interview With German Intelligence Chief: 'We Must Be The First to Go In and the Last to Leave'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2012

The new head of Germany's BND foreign intelligence service, Gerhard Schindler, 59, tells SPIEGEL he wants the agency to become more willing to take risks. He also says al-Qaida is becoming more influential in northern Africa and that the killing of Osama bin Laden hasn't significantly weakened it. more... Comment ]

Promoting Terror Online: Al-Qaida 'Media Warrior' Gets Five Years

Promoting Terror Online: Al-Qaida 'Media Warrior' Gets Five Years

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2012

A Syrian man living in Germany has been sentenced to five years in jail after a court convicted him on Thursday of promoting al-Qaida and other terrorist groups on the Internet. Authorities believe Hussam S. played a key role in German-language propaganda efforts for Islamist extremist groups. more...

Islamist-Motivated Violence: Attacker Gets Life for Murder of US Servicemen in Frankfurt

Islamist-Motivated Violence: Attacker Gets Life for Murder of US Servicemen in Frankfurt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2012

It was the first successful Islamist attack in Germany. Almost a year ago, Arid U. shot and killed two US servicemen at Frankfurt's airport. On Friday, he was sentenced to life in prison. more...

German-Pakistani Tensions: Berlin Demands Explanation for 'Spy' Detentions

German-Pakistani Tensions: Berlin Demands Explanation for 'Spy' Detentions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2012

There is tension between Berlin and Islamabad after Pakistan detained three alleged German intelligence agents near the Afghan border. The men were unable to prove their claims to be aid workers. The mysterious incident has real development organizations worried about their reputation and safety. By Hasnain Kazim in Islamabad more... Comment ]

Anwar al-Awlaki: The Death of Jihad's English-Language Mouthpiece

Anwar al-Awlaki: The Death of Jihad's English-Language Mouthpiece

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki was one of al-Qaida's most important propagandists and influenced a number of attackers and jihadists, including two Germans. Now the Yemeni and US governments have confirmed that he has been killed in an air strike along with a second US citizen. By Yassin Musharbash more...