Islamic State

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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 ]

Like Obama, Only Worse: Trump's Ill Thought-Out Battle Against Islamic State

Like Obama, Only Worse: Trump's Ill Thought-Out Battle Against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2017

The current U.S. strategy for fighting the Islamic State isn't working. On the contrary, the poorly planned approach is preparing fertile ground for the terrorist organization's later return. An Editorial by Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Targeting Terrorists: Germany's Dilemma in Dealing with Islamist Threats

Targeting Terrorists: Germany's Dilemma in Dealing with Islamist Threats

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2017

German police believe there are 602 Islamists living in the country who could be capable of perpetrating a terrorist attack. Politicians want to crack down on possible extremists, but many of the measures under consideration are ineffective or legally dubious. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

Interview with German Intelligence Chief: 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2017

German intelligence doesn't buy Turkish President Erdogan's claims that last year's coup attempt was backed by the Gülen movement. BND chief Bruno Kahl, 54, speaks with SPIEGEL about Turkey, possible Russian interference in German elections and what to expect from Islamic State. Interview Conducted by Martin Knobbe, Fidelius Schmid and Alfred Weinzierl more... Comment ]


Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2017

Islamic State is in deep financial trouble. A new study by King's College in London provides the first in-depth look at the terrorist group's revenue structure and why its business model is now failing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

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 ]