The Caliphate Next Door: Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

The Caliphate Next Door: Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2014

For years, Ankara has been tolerating the rise of the extremist Islamic State. But now that the jihadists are conquering regions just across the border in northern Syria, concern is growing that Islamist terror could threaten Turkey too. By Katrin Elger, Hasnain Kazim, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2014

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi played an infamous role in spurring the 2003 American invasion of his country. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL about the rise of Islamic State, why the West misjudged the jihadists and whether it is time to cooperate with Assad. Interview conducted by Dieter Bednarz more... Comment ]

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2014

Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America's ultimate goal remains unclear. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Michael Ignatieff Interview: 'Those Fighting Islamic State Are the Lesser Evil'

Michael Ignatieff Interview: 'Those Fighting Islamic State Are the Lesser Evil'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2014

In an interview, Harvard professor and UN advisor Michael Ignatieff discusses his concept of the responsibility to protect civilian populations threatened by genocide, German weapons deliveries to the Kurds in Iraq and the idea of a deal with Assad to bring peace to Syria. Interview Conducted By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq

Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2014

Germany on Sunday presented the list of weapons it plans to send to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Some of them, though, may end up being used against former German soldiers. SPIEGEL has learned that 20 ex-Bundeswehr troops have joined jihadists in the region. more... Comment ]

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2014

The world took notice when the Yazidis needed help. But since June, a Turkmen city in northern Iraq has been under siege by the Islamic State. The death toll continues to mount but, thus far, the people of Amirli have been left to fight the IS on their own. By Christoph Reuter and Jacob Russell more...

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2014

Within just a few years, the Islamic State has grown to become the most feared jihadist group in the Middle East. In an interview, Brookings Institution fellow Charles Lister describes IS' rise in Iraq and Syria and what can be done to stop it. Interview Conducted By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State

Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2014

Images of Yazidis fleeing parts of Iraq and Syria have shocked the world and the battle against the jihadists with the Islamic State has united Americans, Europeans, Kurds and Iranians. Can the Islamists be stopped? By SPIEGEL Staff more...

The Drama of Sinjar: Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

The Drama of Sinjar: Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2014

Last week, thousands of Yazidis were evacuated from the Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, where they had fled due to marauding fighters from the Islamic State. Kurdish fighters from the PKK helped them escape, but it remains unclear if anyone can stop the IS jihadists. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

'They're Killing Us': The Disturbing Rise of the Islamic State

'They're Killing Us': The Disturbing Rise of the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 11, 2014

The Islamic State is conquering cities in Syria and Iraq with disturbing frequency and tens of thousands of Christians and Yazidis are fleeing. The US has begun air strikes, but the Islamists are benefiting from instability in both countries. By Katrin Kuntz and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]