Islamic StateRSS

Related articles, background features and opinions about this topic.

'We'll Be Back': Islamic State Losses Could Fuel Sectarian Warfare

'We'll Be Back': Islamic State Losses Could Fuel Sectarian Warfare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2016

Islamic State has been losing significant swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in recent months. When it goes, though, the group leaves behind deadly booby traps -- and the makings of sectarian warfare. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Terrorist Attacks: Why It's So Hard to Track a 'Lone Wolf'

Terrorist Attacks: Why It's So Hard to Track a 'Lone Wolf'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2016

So-called "lone wolf" terrorists, like the man behind the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, are difficult for authorities to monitor -- but Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric is no solution. By Peter Bergen more... Comment ]

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 ]

The Law of Revenge: Deadly Hatred among Anti-IS Alliance in Iraq

The Law of Revenge: Deadly Hatred among Anti-IS Alliance in Iraq

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2016

The US is fighting together with an alliance of rival groups to defeat IS in Iraq. Deadly violence in a city north of Baghdad shows, however, that once the Islamists are defeated, erstwhile allies may turn their weapons on each other. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Obama's Anti-Islamic State Envoy: 'We Have Exposed Their Lies'

Obama's Anti-Islamic State Envoy: 'We Have Exposed Their Lies'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2016

The US has scored some successes against the Islamic State with the deployment of special forces. In a SPIEGEL interview, President Obama's anti-IS envoy Brett McGurk says the terrorist militia is shrinking and calls for help from NATO in battling the Islamists. Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Failed State: Can a Unity Government Succeed in Divided Libya?

Failed State: Can a Unity Government Succeed in Divided Libya?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2016

The UN is trying to establish a unity government in Libya. But with competing governments, an expanding Islamic State and migrant smuggling as a primary source of income in the country, finding success will not be easy. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers

EU Security Scare: Islamic State Propaganda Found on Parliament Drivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2016

European Parliament is planning to eliminate the use of private firms for its chauffeur service following the discovery of Islamic State propaganda on two drivers in Brussels and Strasbourg. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]

Sex Slave Legacy: The Children of Islamic State

Sex Slave Legacy: The Children of Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2016

Islamic State fighters are known to keep sex slaves. Although they usually force the women to use contraception, many still become pregnant with their rapists' babies. The women who manage to escape are left with deep emotional scars. By Katrin Kuntz and Maria Feck (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 ]

Activating the Sleepers: Islamic State Adopts a New Strategy in Europe

Activating the Sleepers: Islamic State Adopts a New Strategy in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2016

Last week's attacks in Brussels show that Islamic State has built up a sophisticated network of terrorists that goes well beyond al-Qaida's capabilities. It is now able to strike using sleepers who have not yet been identified by security officials. By Christoph Reuter in Beirut more... Comment ]