Islamic State

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The Attack on Mosul: Three Shepherds on a Surreal Front

The Attack on Mosul: Three Shepherds on a Surreal Front

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2016

The attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State has been underway for almost two weeks. Resistance from the jihadists is fierce and chaos on the front lines has resulted in some surreal scenes. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

On the Ground in Mosul: A Precarious Alliance Takes on Islamic State

On the Ground in Mosul: A Precarious Alliance Takes on Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2016

The battle for Mosul, a key city for Islamic State, has begun. On one side, a fragile alliance with conflicting political goals, and on the other, a ruthless enemy who might go to extreme lengths to defend the Iraqi metropolis -- incluing chemical weapons. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


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...


Masoud's Revenge: Syrian Refugee Helps Germans Hunt Down IS

Masoud's Revenge: Syrian Refugee Helps Germans Hunt Down IS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2016

As a prisoner of Islamic State in Syria, journalist Masoud Aqil suffered torture and death threats. Now in Germany, he is helping law enforcement officials hunt down former IS members who came to Europe as refugees. By Jonas Breng more... Comment ]

Never Ending War: Why The Cease-Fire in Syria Won't Help

Never Ending War: Why The Cease-Fire in Syria Won't Help

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2016

The cease-fire agreed to by Russia and the United States in Syria means that Aleppo and other devastated cities have been given a chance to breathe. But the temporary calm is unlikely to bring us any closer to the end of the war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Republicans Against Trump: Bush Advisor Wolfowitz Says He'll Likely Vote for Clinton

Republicans Against Trump: Bush Advisor Wolfowitz Says He'll Likely Vote for Clinton

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

In an interview, Paul Wolfowitz, 72, an advisor to former President Bush, discusses the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency, why he will likely vote for the Democrat's candidate this year and mistakes made during the Iraq war. Interview Conducted By Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

Interview with Libya's Prime Minister: 'We Will Not Become Like Somalia'

Interview with Libya's Prime Minister: 'We Will Not Become Like Somalia'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2016

Since March, Fayez Sarraj has been the prime minister of Libya, a country torn by civil war. Now he is tasked with surmounting the country's political divisions and leading the fight against the Islamic State and a network of human-traffickers transporting tens of thousands of migrants to Europe. Interview Conducted By Klaus Brinkbäumer and Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]


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 ]