Gewalteskalation in Zentralafrika: Soldaten töten Ex-Rebellen bei Militärzeremonie

Gewalteskalation in Zentralafrika: Soldaten töten Ex-Rebellen bei Militärzeremonie

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2014

Seine Leiche wurde durch die Straßen geschleift, zerlegt und angezündet - Regierungssoldaten haben offenbar einen Séléka-Rebellen in der Hauptstadt Zentralafrikas gelyncht. Trotz vermehrter Militärpräsenz nimmt die Gewalt zu. mehr... Forum ]

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

EU leaders are gathering in Brussels Thurday in an effort to shore up the bloc's common defense policy, amid growing doubts over whether Europe can bridge divergent national views on the continent's security role. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

After the Islamists: Fearing for the Future in Northern Mali

After the Islamists: Fearing for the Future in Northern Mali

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2013

Residents of the battered northern Mali city of Gao are attempting to rebuild after French troops helped drive out jihadists early this year. Now local leaders are hoping the world won't forget them. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

Malian Coup Leader Sanogo: 'I Saved the Country'

Malian Coup Leader Sanogo: 'I Saved the Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2013

Many believe that Mali's de facto leader Amadou Sanogo thrust the country into a deep crisis when he staged a coup a year ago. But that's not how he sees it. In a SPIEGEL interview he says he helped a sick, old regime die, ushering in a new beginning. more... Comment ]

Smuggled Out: Most Timbuktu Manuscripts Saved from Attacks

Smuggled Out: Most Timbuktu Manuscripts Saved from Attacks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2013

More than 80 percent of Timbuktu's priceless manuscripts were smuggled out of the ancient city before Islamists began to attack its cultural heritage, SPIEGEL has learned. Many were driven by car to the Malian capital of Bamako. more... Comment ]

Timbuktu after the Liberation: Malians Fear Return of Islamists

Timbuktu after the Liberation: Malians Fear Return of Islamists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2013

The French have successfully liberated Timbuktu, but they also intend to withdraw soon. Locals are now sharing their stories about the period of brutal Islamist control, but also their worries that the reign of terror could soon return. By Mathieu von Rohr and Thilo Thielke more... Comment ]

'Darker Sides': The Vast Islamist Sanctuary of 'Sahelistan'

'Darker Sides': The Vast Islamist Sanctuary of 'Sahelistan'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

France is advancing quickly against the Islamists in northern Mali, having already made it to Timbuktu. But the Sahel offers a vast sanctuary for the extremists, complete with training camps, lawlessness and plenty of ways to make money. By Paul Hyacinthe Mben, Jan Puhl and Thilo Thielke more... Comment ]

Resisting Islamism: Life on the Front Lines in Mali

Resisting Islamism: Life on the Front Lines in Mali

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

In mid-January, the strategic town of Konna in central Mali was on the front line of the conflict. First it was occupied by Islamist insurgents advancing towards the capital, then it was bombarded by a French air assault. The locals were caught in the crossfire. By Matthias Gebauer in Konna, Mali more... Comment ]

Germany Abroad: 'Mealy-Mouthed' Foreign Policy Angers Allies

Germany Abroad: 'Mealy-Mouthed' Foreign Policy Angers Allies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2013

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is intent on keeping his country out of military operations in Mali. But his insistence on playing the role of peacemaker is increasingly frustrating Berlin's allies. Many in Berlin are likewise unimpressed. By Ralf Neukirch and Gordon Repinski more... Comment ]

'Lion of the Desert': Ex-Partner of Germany Leads Malian Islamists

'Lion of the Desert': Ex-Partner of Germany Leads Malian Islamists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2013

The man at the center of the fight against Islamists in northern Mali has an unexpected history with Germany. In 2003 he was crucial in facilitating a ransom payment to secure the release of German tourists held hostage in Algeria. more... Comment ]

Ivory Coast Leader: 'Germany Should Also Send Troops to Mali'

Ivory Coast Leader: 'Germany Should Also Send Troops to Mali'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2013

In an interview, Alassane Ouattara, president of the Ivory Coast and chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), urges Germany's leaders to engage more in the fight against Islamists in northern Mali. In addition to logistical aid, Berlin should also send troops, he argues. more...

'Gates of Hell': Mali Conflict Opens New Front in War on Terror

'Gates of Hell': Mali Conflict Opens New Front in War on Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 21, 2013

France has found early success in its fight against Islamist extremists in northern Mali. But Saharan terrorist groups have close ties and are prepared for a prolonged battle. The hostage crisis in Algeria shows that the new front in the war on terror could become a protracted conflict. By Paul Hyacinthe Mben and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]