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Following the Money: On the Trail of African Migrant Smugglers

Following the Money: On the Trail of African Migrant Smugglers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2016

Since 2013, over 10,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Behind the deaths lies a multi-million dollar smuggling trade with financial connections to Frankfurt, Italy and Libya. By Alexander Bühler, Susanne Koelbl, Sandro Mattioli and Walter Mayr 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 ]


Ticket to Europe: Refugee Crisis Focus Shifts to North Africa

Ticket to Europe: Refugee Crisis Focus Shifts to North Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of Africans are preparing to test their luck on the voyage across the Mediterranean to Europe. As the weather begins improving, the number of arrivals will rise -- as will the number of deaths. By Walter Mayr 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 ]


The Next Disaster: Islamic State Expands as Libya Descends into Chaos

The Next Disaster: Islamic State Expands as Libya Descends into Chaos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2016

With two separate governments waging war against each other, Libya is crumbling. Islamic State is taking advantage of the turmoil to put down roots in the country. The US is weighing intervention. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

German UN Envoy on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Simply Can't Give Up on Libya'

German UN Envoy on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Simply Can't Give Up on Libya'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2016

With the situation rapidly deteriorating in Libya, the UN's special representative to the country, Martin Kobler of Germany, is pushing for a unity government in a last-ditch effort to halt the Islamic State's march there. He warns that time is running out. Interview Conducted By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]


The Beachhead: Islamic State Uses Libya to Gain African Foothold

The Beachhead: Islamic State Uses Libya to Gain African Foothold

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2015

The Islamic State is using the same strategy it deployed in Syria in order to expand its territory in North Africa. Libya has become the center of its deadly activities in the region. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The Islamic State Diary: A Chronicle of Life in Libyan Purgatory

The Islamic State Diary: A Chronicle of Life in Libyan Purgatory

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2015

For months, the Islamic State visited its reign of terror on the city of Derna, Libya -- until it was stopped by an al-Qaida offshoot. Farrah Schennib describes the horrors of daily life under the IS in his diary. more...


A Threat to Europe: The Islamic State's Dangerous Gains in Libya

A Threat to Europe: The Islamic State's Dangerous Gains in Libya

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 23, 2015

Rival militias in Libya have thrown the country into civil war and made it easy prey for the Islamic State. The recent execution of 21 Egyptian Christians is only one sign of the terrorist group's growing footprint in North Africa. By Mirco Keilberth and Christoph Reuter 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 ]