Islamic Extremism

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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.

Foiled Islamist Attack in Germany: A Terrorist, Three Heroes and a Bumbling Judiciary

Foiled Islamist Attack in Germany: A Terrorist, Three Heroes and a Bumbling Judiciary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2016

Jaber al-Bakr was allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Berlin. But then he was captured, tied up and turned into the police by three Syrian refugees. SPIEGEL spoke with the trio and with al-Bakr's brother to learn more about the case -- one which ended with al-Bakr's suicide and questions about the German judiciary. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Attack Plans in Germany: Refugees Celebrate Capture of Terror Suspect

Attack Plans in Germany: Refugees Celebrate Capture of Terror Suspect

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2016

Syrian refugees on Sunday night captured a man suspected of planning a terror attack in Germany, tied him up and turned him over to police. As information about his plans continues to emerge, Syrians in Germany are celebrating the man's capture. more...


Therapy and Prevention: The Race to Stop Youth from Radicalizing

Therapy and Prevention: The Race to Stop Youth from Radicalizing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 11, 2016

The recent spate of deadly attacks in Germany have highlighted the need to intervene with angry young men before they turn to extremism or violence. But the country has a lot of catching up to do -- and the work can be controversial. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Retreat and Delusion: Is the Islamic State Finally Collapsing?

Retreat and Delusion: Is the Islamic State Finally Collapsing?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2016

Terrorist attacks on the West make the Islamic State appear stronger than ever. The reality is that allied forces are well on their way to defeating the group in its core territory. Sources on the ground report that the "caliphate" is disintegrating. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


The Returnees: Former Islamic State Members Open Up to Investigators

The Returnees: Former Islamic State Members Open Up to Investigators

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2016

Investigators in Germany often know little about the crimes committed by German Islamists who have traveled to Syria. Three returnees have broken their silence -- providing a wealth of information and angering members of the radical scene. By Jörg Diehl, Julia Jüttner, Fidelius Schmid and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt 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 ]


The Olympian and the Terrorist: A Story of Two Belgian Brothers

The Olympian and the Terrorist: A Story of Two Belgian Brothers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 20, 2016

The older brother detonated a bomb at the Brussels airport. The younger one is representing his country at the Olympic Games in Rio. The story of two Belgian siblings who long ago parted ways. By Lukas Eberle 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 ]


Suspected Sleeper Cell: Was Islamic State Really Planning an Attack in Germany?

Suspected Sleeper Cell: Was Islamic State Really Planning an Attack in Germany?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2016

In early June, German investigators arrested several suspected members of an IS sleeper cell. A member of the group had turned himself in, claiming that plans were underway for an attack in Düsseldorf. Can he be trusted? The authorities are unsure. By SPIEGEL Staff. more... Comment ]

Saudia Arabia and Iran: The Cold War of Islam

Saudia Arabia and Iran: The Cold War of Islam

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2016

The archenemies Iran and Saudi Arabia are battling for supremacy in the Middle East and are carrying out their struggle in proxy wars in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Domestically, though, the two countries are facing remarkably similar problems. By Susanne Koelbl, Samiha Shafy and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]