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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.

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 ]

Strategy of Terror: The Suicide Bombing Girls of Boko Haram

Strategy of Terror: The Suicide Bombing Girls of Boko Haram

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2016

The Nigerian military looks to be slowly gaining the upper hand in its fight against Boko Haram. But the Islamist terror group isn't going quietly and has begun using young girls as suicide bombers. We talked to some of those who escaped. By Nicola Abé and Andy Spyra (Photos) more... Comment ]

Sharia Villages: Bosnia's Islamic State Problem

Sharia Villages: Bosnia's Islamic State Problem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2016

Radical Islamists have found a new refuge in Bosnia. They recruit fighters, promote jihad and preach a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam -- just across the border from the European Union. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Postcard from a Failed State? Attacks Cast Light on Belgium's State Crisis

Postcard from a Failed State? Attacks Cast Light on Belgium's State Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2016

With bombs set off in the airport and the subway system, the deadly Islamic State attacks on Brussels have struck the heart of the European Union. Belgium, once the nucleus of Europe, will now have to combat its reputation as a failed state. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Path to Death: How EU Failures Helped Paris Terrorists Obtain Weapons

The Path to Death: How EU Failures Helped Paris Terrorists Obtain Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 24, 2016

Where did the weapons used in the 2015 terror attacks in Paris come from? Files from the ongoing investigation now make it possible to follow the trail. Years of EU shortcomings helped the firearms on their way. By Stefan Candea, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Jörg Schmitt, Andreas Ulrich and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]

Europe's Underbelly: Brussels Is the Ultimate Soft Target

Europe's Underbelly: Brussels Is the Ultimate Soft Target

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2016

The terrorists on Tuesday clearly wanted to target the heart of the European Union. But there was another reason they chose Brussels. Nowhere in Europe is it easier to plan and carry out a terrorist attack. A Commentary by Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Terror in Brussels: A Wounded City Searches for Answers

Terror in Brussels: A Wounded City Searches for Answers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2016

The attacks in Brussels have similarities to the assault on Paris last November. Investigators believe there may be a connection and think the Tuesday airport and subway bombings may be an act of revenge for the arrest of Salah Abdeslam. By Jörg Diehl more... Comment ]

From the Banlieues to the Bataclan: A Trip on Samy Amimour's Bus Route

From the Banlieues to the Bataclan: A Trip on Samy Amimour's Bus Route

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2016

Day after day, Paris attacker Samy Amimour drove a bus through the city's notorious banlieues before murdering scores of people at the Bataclan concert venue. A journey through the area offers a full view of the stark contrasts and uncertainty that ail France today. By Alexander Smoltczyk and Maurice Weiss more... Comment ]

Paris Survivors: Healing the Scars of Bataclan

Paris Survivors: Healing the Scars of Bataclan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2016

Three months ago, a trio of Islamist terrorists stormed the Bataclan theater in Paris and slaughtered 90 people. Those who survived are still struggling to come to terms with what happened that night. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Petra Truckendanner more... Comment ]