Islamic State

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Wives of IS Fighters: A German Love Story Goes Awry in the 'Caliphate'

Wives of IS Fighters: A German Love Story Goes Awry in the 'Caliphate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2017

A student from Germany followed her husband to Syria to join Islamic State. Now the 29 year old is stuck in an Iraqi army camp for prisoners of war with her three children as she awaits her fate: either a return to Germany or draconian punishment. By Katrin Kuntz (Text) and Marcel Mettelsiefen (Photos)  more... Comment ]

Islamic State on the Ropes: Two Paths Cross in the Ruins of Raqqa

Islamic State on the Ropes: Two Paths Cross in the Ruins of Raqqa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2017

When Islamic State conquered Raqqa in 2014, Fadi al-Hadi fled to Germany while Nadja Ramadan abandoned her life near Frankfurt to marry an Islamist in the IS stronghold. Now that the city is about to get liberated, the two are trying to retrace their steps. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Islamic State's Demise: A Terror Group in its Death Throes?

Islamic State's Demise: A Terror Group in its Death Throes?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2017

Islamic State has lost an enormous amount of territory in both Iraq and Syria and many of its leaders are dead. Yet even as the terror group appears to be breaking apart, attacks are being carried out in its name in Europe. What's next for IS? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Terrorism or Insanity? Attack Underscores Need To Address Refugees' Mental Health

Terrorism or Insanity? Attack Underscores Need To Address Refugees' Mental Health

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2017

In 2015, Ahmed A. was an unremarkable Palestinian asylum applicant with dreams of a new life in Germany. Two years later, he went on a deadly stabbing spree in a Hamburg supermarket. His transformation highlights a growing problem among refugees in the country: mental illness. By Laura Backes, Jürgen Dahlkamp, Hubert Gude, Martin Knobbe, Roman Lehberger, Andrew Moussa and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]


Exodus: The Uncertain Fate of Iraq's Largest Christian City

Exodus: The Uncertain Fate of Iraq's Largest Christian City

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2017

Before Islamic State invaded, Qaraqosh was home to Iraq's largest Christian community. Now liberated after three years of occupation, little remains and former residents are considering whether its worth rebuilding in a country with an unclear future. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2017

The offensive to take Raqqa back from Islamic State has begun. Kurdish fighters are leading the charge in the hopes of eliminating the Islamist scourge -- but they are also hoping to expand their power in northern Syria. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Battling Islamic State: A Visit to the Mosul Front

Battling Islamic State: A Visit to the Mosul Front

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2017

The fight against Islamic State in western Mosul is chaotic and brutal, with up to 200,000 civilians still trapped in the IS-held Old Town. DER SPIEGEL visited the front in Iraq to see how the battle is progressing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Unlikely Allies: NATO Chief Finds a New Friend in Trump

Unlikely Allies: NATO Chief Finds a New Friend in Trump

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2017

A new alliance is being forged between NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. President Donald Trump. Both want more money for the alliance and for member countries to step up the fight against Islamic State. But not all member states are convinced. By Matthias Gebauer and Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Taking Islamic State to Court: Iraq's Challenging Path to Reconciliation

Taking Islamic State to Court: Iraq's Challenging Path to Reconciliation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2017

Just outside recently liberated Mosul, two judges have been tasked with punishing Islamic State followers who committed crimes and helping victims find justice. But without any way to gather evidence, the process often verges on farce -- and could lead to a new cycle of violence. By Katrin Kuntz and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]

Life After Islamic State: 'They Taught Us How To Decapitate a Person'

Life After Islamic State: 'They Taught Us How To Decapitate a Person'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2017

For over two years, Islamic State controlled the Iraqi city of Mosul, including its schools. Now that the U.S.-led coalition has pushed the Islamists out, the city's teachers face a dilemma: How do you reshape the minds of children who were taught to fight and kill? By Katrin Kuntz (Text) and Andy Spyra (Photos) in Mosul, Iraq more... Comment ]