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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 ]

After the Arab Spring: The Return of the Generals

After the Arab Spring: The Return of the Generals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 04, 2014

After the uprisings of 2011, the Arab world seemed to be moving towards democracy, but the recent resurgence of strongmen have illustrated just how deep certain divides still are -- and how desperate people are for stability. By Shadi Hamid more... Comment ]

Europe's Challenge: A Terrorist Homeland in North Africa

Europe's Challenge: A Terrorist Homeland in North Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2013

Dozens of hostages have reportedly been killed after Algerian forces attempted a rescue operation at a natural gas complex overtaken by Islamist gunmen. The incident demonstrates the brutality and determination with which militant Islamists in North Africa operate, just a short plane ride south of European soil. By Christoph Sydow more... Comment ]

An Explosive Legacy: Travels with a Bomb Disposal Unit in Libya

An Explosive Legacy: Travels with a Bomb Disposal Unit in Libya

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2012

The war in Libya is over, but life is still dangerous. The country is littered with unexploded ordinance from the 2011 rebellion that overthrew autocrat Moammar Gadhafi. Efforts to encourage militias to forfeit their weapons have made little progress. By Till Mayer more...

Islamist vs. Secularists: The Post-Revolution Struggle for the Arab Soul

Islamist vs. Secularists: The Post-Revolution Struggle for the Arab Soul

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2012

The rise of political Islam following the Arab Spring has many worried that the democratic achievements of the revolution could be lost. In Egypt and Tunisia alike, citizens are once again taking to the streets. But this time they are opposing Islamism. Does secularism still stand a chance? By Daniel Steinvorth more... Comment ]

Homework for the Second Term: What Germany Expects from Obama

Homework for the Second Term: What Germany Expects from Obama

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2012

Europe is no longer the greatest priority in American foreign policy, but many German politicians would like to see that change. Washington and Berlin face common challenges -- from the economy to Iran's nuclear program. Now that he has been re-elected, the hope is that President Obama will visit to discuss the issues. By Severin Weiland in Berlin more... Comment ]