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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 Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists?

The Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2015

Relative to the size of its population, no other country in Europe sends as many young jihadists to Syria as Belgium does. But why? Some say one problem lies with the fractured nature of the country itself. By Katrin Kuntz and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Terror from the Fringes: Searching for Answers in the "Charlie Hebdo" Attacks

Terror from the Fringes: Searching for Answers in the "Charlie Hebdo" Attacks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2015

How did three, seemingly normal sons of immigrant families turn into radicalized and vicious murderers? SPIEGEL went to Paris to find out. The resulting image is one of an identity search gone horribly wrong. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Keeping Its Composure: Germany Seeks Calm after French Attack

Keeping Its Composure: Germany Seeks Calm after French Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2015

The German government is trying to address the French terror attacks with a sense of calm, with no plans for new terror laws. However, fears are growing that the massacre will boost a disturbing anti-Muslim current in the country. more... Comment ]

Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2015

The terrorists in Wednesday's attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris had a much broader target in mind: Western values. Will the attacks bring people together in this time of crisis or will fear of Islam prevail? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Je Suis Charlie: Stand Together in the Face of Violence

Je Suis Charlie: Stand Together in the Face of Violence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2015

We cannot allow the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to influence our thinking. Otherwise, freedom has lost. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more...

Terror Expert Louise Shelley: 'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation'

Terror Expert Louise Shelley: 'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2015

Where does Islamic State get its money? In an interview, terrorism expert Louise Shelley says it operates like a run-of-the-mill crime syndicate in which ideology takes a back seat to money making. Interview Conducted by Markus Dettmer and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to Holy War

The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to Holy War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2014

Hundreds of young German Islamists have traveled to Syria to fight with the terrorist group Islamic State. SPIEGEL explored the extremist scene in Germany and the fascination with jihad in order to find answers about what drives people to join the murderous cult. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2014

In an interview, Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was a key figure in the arrest of the mastermind behind al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks, discusses Islamic State's massively successful social media strategy and serious errors made in the war against terror. Interview Conducted By Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2014

Chaos, disillusionment and oppression provide the perfect conditions for Islamic State. Currently, the Islamist extremists are expanding from Syria and Iraq into North Africa. Several local groups have pledged their allegiance. By Mirco Keilberth, Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2014

The Tofeq family has been at war almost constantly since the late 1950s, with grandfather Khorshid, his son Dedewan and his grandson Zyran all having become Peshmerga fighters. All three generations are now battling a new enemy: Islamic State. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]