Iraq

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Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2017

The offensive to take Raqqa back from Islamic State has begun. Kurdish fighters are leading the charge in the hopes of eliminating the Islamist scourge -- but they are also hoping to expand their power in northern Syria. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Battling Islamic State: A Visit to the Mosul Front

Battling Islamic State: A Visit to the Mosul Front

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2017

The fight against Islamic State in western Mosul is chaotic and brutal, with up to 200,000 civilians still trapped in the IS-held Old Town. DER SPIEGEL visited the front in Iraq to see how the battle is progressing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Taking Islamic State to Court: Iraq's Challenging Path to Reconciliation

Taking Islamic State to Court: Iraq's Challenging Path to Reconciliation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2017

Just outside recently liberated Mosul, two judges have been tasked with punishing Islamic State followers who committed crimes and helping victims find justice. But without any way to gather evidence, the process often verges on farce -- and could lead to a new cycle of violence. By Katrin Kuntz and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]

Life After Islamic State: 'They Taught Us How To Decapitate a Person'

Life After Islamic State: 'They Taught Us How To Decapitate a Person'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2017

For over two years, Islamic State controlled the Iraqi city of Mosul, including its schools. Now that the U.S.-led coalition has pushed the Islamists out, the city's teachers face a dilemma: How do you reshape the minds of children who were taught to fight and kill? By Katrin Kuntz (Text) and Andy Spyra (Photos) in Mosul, Iraq more... Comment ]


Like Obama, Only Worse: Trump's Ill Thought-Out Battle Against Islamic State

Like Obama, Only Worse: Trump's Ill Thought-Out Battle Against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2017

The current U.S. strategy for fighting the Islamic State isn't working. On the contrary, the poorly planned approach is preparing fertile ground for the terrorist organization's later return. An Editorial by Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2017

Islamic State is in deep financial trouble. A new study by King's College in London provides the first in-depth look at the terrorist group's revenue structure and why its business model is now failing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


The Attack on Mosul: Three Shepherds on a Surreal Front

The Attack on Mosul: Three Shepherds on a Surreal Front

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2016

The attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State has been underway for almost two weeks. Resistance from the jihadists is fierce and chaos on the front lines has resulted in some surreal scenes. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

On the Ground in Mosul: A Precarious Alliance Takes on Islamic State

On the Ground in Mosul: A Precarious Alliance Takes on Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2016

The battle for Mosul, a key city for Islamic State, has begun. On one side, a fragile alliance with conflicting political goals, and on the other, a ruthless enemy who might go to extreme lengths to defend the Iraqi metropolis -- incluing chemical weapons. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2016

As the noose around Aleppo tightens -- and the Assad regime and its Russian allies continue to bomb the city -- the extremely dangerous nature of this proxy war is becoming more apparent than ever. Could escalation between Moscow and Washington be on the horizon? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Islamic State's Child Soldiers: First Come the Sweets, Then the Beheadings

Islamic State's Child Soldiers: First Come the Sweets, Then the Beheadings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 29, 2016

The Islamic State is holding thousands of young boys captive in Syria and Iraq, where it is teaching them the Koran and how to become deadly child soldiers. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]