Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq

Islamist Influx: Several Radicalized Ex-German Soldiers in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2014

Germany on Sunday presented the list of weapons it plans to send to the Kurds in northern Iraq. Some of them, though, may end up being used against former German soldiers. SPIEGEL has learned that 20 ex-Bundeswehr troops have joined jihadists in the region. more... Comment ]

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

Forgotten in Iraq: Besieged City Faces Destruction by the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2014

The world took notice when the Yazidis needed help. But since June, a Turkmen city in northern Iraq has been under siege by the Islamic State. The death toll continues to mount but, thus far, the people of Amirli have been left to fight the IS on their own. By Christoph Reuter and Jacob Russell more...

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

Dueling Jihadists: Is the Islamic State Beating Al-Qaida?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2014

Within just a few years, the Islamic State has grown to become the most feared jihadist group in the Middle East. In an interview, Brookings Institution fellow Charles Lister describes IS' rise in Iraq and Syria and what can be done to stop it. Interview Conducted By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State

Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2014

Images of Yazidis fleeing parts of Iraq and Syria have shocked the world and the battle against the jihadists with the Islamic State has united Americans, Europeans, Kurds and Iranians. Can the Islamists be stopped? By SPIEGEL Staff more...

The Drama of Sinjar: Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

The Drama of Sinjar: Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2014

Last week, thousands of Yazidis were evacuated from the Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, where they had fled due to marauding fighters from the Islamic State. Kurdish fighters from the PKK helped them escape, but it remains unclear if anyone can stop the IS jihadists. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

'They're Killing Us': The Disturbing Rise of the Islamic State

'They're Killing Us': The Disturbing Rise of the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 11, 2014

The Islamic State is conquering cities in Syria and Iraq with disturbing frequency and tens of thousands of Christians and Yazidis are fleeing. The US has begun air strikes, but the Islamists are benefiting from instability in both countries. By Katrin Kuntz and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The Road to Mosul: Searching for the Real ISIS

The Road to Mosul: Searching for the Real ISIS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

Fault lines in Iraq are widening as ISIS advances: Even as the Shiite government in Baghdad digs it its heels, the country's Sunnis are losing their faith in a single nation and the Kurds are hoping for independence. But what is ISIS, really? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Foreign Minister Zebari: 'Iraq Is Facing a Mortal Threat'

Foreign Minister Zebari: 'Iraq Is Facing a Mortal Threat'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

In an interview, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd, warns that his country is threatened with collapse under the pressure posed by ISIS terrorists. But, he says, it isn't a civil war yet. Interview Conducted By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2014

Some 40,000 Christians live in Qaraqosh, a town near Mosul, Iraq. Residents have been gathering daily in 12 local churches as ISIS jihadists advance towards the community. Their existence is a precarious one. By Katrin Kuntz in Qaraqosh, Iraq more... Comment ]

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

A Country Implodes: ISIS Pushes Iraq to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2014

The terror group ISIS has occupied vast portions of Syria and Iraq in the hopes of establishing a caliphate. The jihadists' success lays bare Iraq's disintegration and could ignite yet another civil war between Shiites and Sunnis in the country. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]