Iraq

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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 ]


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 ]