Iraq

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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 ]


Terrorist Bookkeepers: New Documents Help Identify Islamic State Returnees

Terrorist Bookkeepers: New Documents Help Identify Islamic State Returnees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2016

It isn't always easy for European authorities to prove that returning jihadists fought for Islamic State. But a new data leak from the terror organization could help. SPIEGEL has seen the books kept by IS bureaucrats. By Jörg Diehl, Roman Lehberger and Vanessa Schlesier more... Comment ]

'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 ]