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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 ]

The Dreadful Saviors: Feared Shiite Militias Battle Islamic State in Iraq

The Dreadful Saviors: Feared Shiite Militias Battle Islamic State in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2015

Earlier, fighters with the League of Righteous Shiite militia tortured and murdered. But now they intend to save Iraq from the Islamic State. Can it work? A trip to the front in the city of Baiji explains much about the current state of the war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2015

A bricklayer got a $60 a month raise by trading his construction tools for a Kalashnikov and becoming a soldier for the Islamic State. Subsidies and other benefits appear to be part of the holy war's allure for some. By Katrin Kuntz in Erbil, Iraq more... Comment ]

Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

Relentless Terror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2015

Eighty lashes of the whip for alcohol. Amputation for theft. Crucifiction for robbery. These are only a few of the draconian punishments employed by the Islamic State, according to documents and the testimony of witnesses obtained by SPIEGEL. By Uwe Buse and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Emrah and his Brothers: Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists

Emrah and his Brothers: Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2015

German Islamists are returning from war abroad, some reformed but others more dangerous than ever. Social workers, imams and extremists are fighting for their souls -- and for Germany's safety. Government officials have few answers to the problem. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2015

An Iraqi officer planned Islamic State's takeover in Syria and SPIEGEL has been given exclusive access to his papers. They portray an organization that, while seemingly driven by religious fanaticism, is actually coldly calculating. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]