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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.

The Islamic State Diary: A Chronicle of Life in Libyan Purgatory

The Islamic State Diary: A Chronicle of Life in Libyan Purgatory

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2015

For months, the Islamic State visited its reign of terror on the city of Derna, Libya -- until it was stopped by an al-Qaida offshoot. Farrah Schennib describes the horrors of daily life under the IS in his diary. more...

Islamic State: The Dutch Teen Who Maps the Jihadists

Islamic State: The Dutch Teen Who Maps the Jihadists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2015

One of the foremost cartographers of the Islamic State conflict is a 19-year-old from Amsterdam. Now that he's graduated from high school, he's preparing to take his activism to the next level. By Katrin Kuntz in Amsterdam more... Comment ]

Erdogan's Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

Erdogan's Cynical Game: Is Turkey Creeping Toward Civil War?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2015

Turkish President Erdogan claims to be battling the terrorist Islamic State, but in reality he is mainly fighting against the Kurdish PKK militia. By doing so, he has shown that he is willing to derail the peace process in his country for the sake of clinging to power. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Turkey's Demirtas: 'Erdogan Is Capable of Setting Country on Fire'

Turkey's Demirtas: 'Erdogan Is Capable of Setting Country on Fire'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, leading Kurdish opposition politician Selahattin Demirtas calls for a cease-fire between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Interview Conducted By Hasnain Kazim 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 ]

'I'm Not a Butcher': An Interview with Islamic State's Architect of Death

'I'm Not a Butcher': An Interview with Islamic State's Architect of Death

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2015

For one and a half years, Abu Abdullah was responsible for organizing Islamic State's suicide bombings in Baghdad. He is one of the organization's rare leading figures to be captured alive. SPIEGEL met with him in a high-security prison in Baghdad. By Christoph Reuter 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 ]

Caliphate Under Pressure: Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?

Caliphate Under Pressure: Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2015

Islamic State is pulling out of once-conquered towns and villages in Iraq and dissatisfaction appears to be growing among its followers. Predictions of the jihadists' demise, however, are likely premature. By Susanne Koelbl and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]