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'We'll Be Back': Islamic State Losses Could Fuel Sectarian Warfare

'We'll Be Back': Islamic State Losses Could Fuel Sectarian Warfare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2016

Islamic State has been losing significant swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in recent months. When it goes, though, the group leaves behind deadly booby traps -- and the makings of sectarian warfare. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The Law of Revenge: Deadly Hatred among Anti-IS Alliance in Iraq

The Law of Revenge: Deadly Hatred among Anti-IS Alliance in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2016

The US is fighting together with an alliance of rival groups to defeat IS in Iraq. Deadly violence in a city north of Baghdad shows, however, that once the Islamists are defeated, erstwhile allies may turn their weapons on each other. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Obama's Anti-Islamic State Envoy: 'We Have Exposed Their Lies'

Obama's Anti-Islamic State Envoy: 'We Have Exposed Their Lies'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2016

The US has scored some successes against the Islamic State with the deployment of special forces. In a SPIEGEL interview, President Obama's anti-IS envoy Brett McGurk says the terrorist militia is shrinking and calls for help from NATO in battling the Islamists. Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Sex Slave Legacy: The Children of Islamic State

Sex Slave Legacy: The Children of Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2016

Islamic State fighters are known to keep sex slaves. Although they usually force the women to use contraception, many still become pregnant with their rapists' babies. The women who manage to escape are left with deep emotional scars. By Katrin Kuntz and Maria Feck (Photos) more... Comment ]

Activating the Sleepers: Islamic State Adopts a New Strategy in Europe

Activating the Sleepers: Islamic State Adopts a New Strategy in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2016

Last week's attacks in Brussels show that Islamic State has built up a sophisticated network of terrorists that goes well beyond al-Qaida's capabilities. It is now able to strike using sleepers who have not yet been identified by security officials. By Christoph Reuter in Beirut more... Comment ]

Terror Expert Charles Lister: 'Islamic State Is a Convenient Obsession'

Terror Expert Charles Lister: 'Islamic State Is a Convenient Obsession'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2016

British-American terror expert Charles Lister believes that al-Qaida ally Jabhat al-Nusra is more dangerous than Islamic State. In an interview, he warns that most Syrian rebel groups will abort the peace process should Bashar Assad remain in power. Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

The West's Dilemma: Why Assad Is Uninterested in Defeating Islamic State

The West's Dilemma: Why Assad Is Uninterested in Defeating Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2015

In the fight against Islamic State, the West is considering cooperating with the Syrian army. There's a hitch though: Assad's troops aren't just too weak to defeat IS -- they also have no interest in doing so. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Rational Monster: How Terror Fits into Islamic State's Plan

Rational Monster: How Terror Fits into Islamic State's Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2015

Analysts falsely believed Islamic State was too weak to carry out terror attacks abroad.  But IS views terror as a means to an end -- and will launch attacks as long as they continue to serve its broader strategy. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Obama Security Advisor: 'Ground Forces in Syria Are Not Sustainable'

Obama Security Advisor: 'Ground Forces in Syria Are Not Sustainable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2015

Ben Rhodes, US President Barack Obama's deputy national security advisor, discusses the similarities between the Paris attacks and 9/11, the security risk posed by the refugee crisis and why the US won't send ground troops to Syria. Interview Conducted by Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2015

With the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, Germany is rapidly changing its foreign and security policy focus. Gone are the days of democracy promotion. Now the primary goal is that of preventing people from migrating to Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]