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Caliphate Under Pressure: Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?

Caliphate Under Pressure: Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2015

Islamic State is pulling out of once-conquered towns and villages in Iraq and dissatisfaction appears to be growing among its followers. Predictions of the jihadists' demise, however, are likely premature. By Susanne Koelbl and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

Medieval Fantasies? Islamic State Pursues Apocalyptic Logic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2015

Islamic State is making headlines by destroying historical artifacts in Iraq. But far from being an expression of medieval nihilism, the campaign on culture is a strategy aimed at drawing the West into battle. The destruction is reminiscent of that wrought by the US. An Essay By Georg Diez more... Comment ]

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2015

Government documents and information from the Assad regime indicate that German companies may have helped Syria produce chemical weapons over the course of decades. So far, the Merkel administration has shown no willingness to investigate. By Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Terror Expert Louise Shelley: 'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation'

Terror Expert Louise Shelley: 'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2015

Where does Islamic State get its money? In an interview, terrorism expert Louise Shelley says it operates like a run-of-the-mill crime syndicate in which ideology takes a back seat to money making. Interview Conducted by Markus Dettmer and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 31, 2014

In an interview, US General John Allen, Washington's special envoy for countering the Islamic State, discusses why he believes the recent military campaign has reversed the terrorist group's momentum but warns the battle to stop its ideology could take years. Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2014

The United States has conducted far fewer sorties in its battle against the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq than in previous wars. Military officials claim one reason is a much higher air-strike hit ratio. more...

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2014

In an interview, Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was a key figure in the arrest of the mastermind behind al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks, discusses Islamic State's massively successful social media strategy and serious errors made in the war against terror. Interview Conducted By Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2014

The Tofeq family has been at war almost constantly since the late 1950s, with grandfather Khorshid, his son Dedewan and his grandson Zyran all having become Peshmerga fighters. All three generations are now battling a new enemy: Islamic State. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2014

How does Islamic State think? How do its followers see the world? SPIEGEL ONLINE met up with an Islamic State recruiter in Turkey to hear about the extremist group's vision for the future. Interview Conducted by Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

From Germany to Iraq: One Yazidi Family's War on Islamic State

From Germany to Iraq: One Yazidi Family's War on Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2014

A Yazidi family from Iraq had finally found peace in Germany, but now the father has headed back to fight Islamic State and the son is waging his own war at home. Although they've both become heroes in the community, their story may not have a happy ending. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]