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A Clash of Civilizations?

Islamic extremism is no longer bred in distant parts of the globe, but grown in cities and neighborhoods throughout Europe. Its foothold in countries like Germany, France and the UK signal questions about integration, radicalization and national policies on the War on Terror.

Literary Sensation: The Rise of a Danish Immigrant Poet

Literary Sensation: The Rise of a Danish Immigrant Poet

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2014

Since his rise to fame, Islamists have threatened to kill 18-year-old Danish poet Yahya Hassan. They are angered by the portrayals in his writing of his immigrant family background, which he describes as backwards, hypocritical and blinded by religion. By Tobias Rapp more... Comment ]

Securing Sochi: Russia's Elite Counter-Terrorism Fighters

Securing Sochi: Russia's Elite Counter-Terrorism Fighters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

As Russia reels from last week's terror attack in Volgograd, President Putin is going to great lengths to make sure the Winter Olympics in Sochi remain secure. The elite Spetsnaz fighters are charged with holding off Islamist separatists from the volatile Caucasus. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Masked Army: Jihadist Group Expands Rapidly in Syria

Masked Army: Jihadist Group Expands Rapidly in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

A murderous Islamist group called ISIS is obstructing Syrian rebels in their battle against President Bashar Assad's regime. The Free Syrian Army seems barely able to put up a fight in the face of their brutal tactics. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Taliban Revenge: The Plight of Germany's Afghan Staff

Taliban Revenge: The Plight of Germany's Afghan Staff

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

Berlin is under pressure following the murder of a former Afghan interpreter who worked for the German army. The Taliban had threatened him for working with foreign troops. But only a small number of Afghan staff are getting German residence permits. By Nicola Abé, Matthias Gebauer and Anders Somme Hammer more... Comment ]

Abducted in Syria: Extremist Rebels Target Journalists

Abducted in Syria: Extremist Rebels Target Journalists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Radical Islamists embedded among the rebels in Syria are reportedly targeting foreign journalists for abduction. Instead of holding them for ransom, however, they use them as trump cards in their power struggles with more moderate rebel groups. By Ulrike Putz more... Comment ]

Early Warning System: A Plan to Halt German Jihadists from Going to Syria

Early Warning System: A Plan to Halt German Jihadists from Going to Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

German jihadists are heading to Syria in ever greater numbers, with some 230 having already traveled to join the opposition in battle. A German politician wants to create an early warning system to prevent young men from making the trip. By Matthias Gebauer and Hubert Gude more... Comment ]

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Burak Karan had a bright future as a professional soccer player in Germany and even played for the national team's youth side. But he ended his career at 20 and joined radical Islamists. He was killed in Syria in October. more... Comment ]

The 'German Camp': Jihadists from Germany Set up Base in Syria

The 'German Camp': Jihadists from Germany Set up Base in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 21, 2013

A growing number of German jihadists are heading to Syria to join the rebels in their fight against President Bashar Assad. According to German intelligence, some 200 Islamists from across the country have gathered in northern Syria in what's been dubbed the "German Camp." more... Comment ]

From Jail to Jihad: Former Prisoners Fight in Syrian Insurgency

From Jail to Jihad: Former Prisoners Fight in Syrian Insurgency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

Some have done time for terrorism, while others were radicalized inside: Former prison inmates are now on the frontlines of the Syrian civil war. The jihadists fighting alongside the rebels are discrediting the insurgency, just as Damascus may have hoped. By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Afghan Withdrawal: Ministers Hand Over Germany's Kunduz Base

Afghan Withdrawal: Ministers Hand Over Germany's Kunduz Base

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

After serving there for 10 years, Germany officially handed over its Kunduz military base to Afghan security forces on Sunday. And though German soldiers are leaving the area, officials assured the country would not turn its back on the Afghan people. more... Comment ]