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Embattled Land

Dozens of wars, endless peace negotiations, terrorism and oil: The Middle East is a tinderbox of competing national and international interests beset by religious strife. The top international interests include stabilizing Iraq's fledgling democracy and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 18, 2015

An Iraqi officer planned Islamic State's takeover in Syria and SPIEGEL has been given exclusive access to his papers. They portray an organization that, while seemingly driven by religious fanaticism, is actually coldly calculating. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi: 'The Liberation of Tikrit Is Very Encouraging'

Interview with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi: 'The Liberation of Tikrit Is Very Encouraging'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi discusses his disappointment over delayed American support in Baghdad's battle against the Islamic State and why it remains so difficult to prevail over the terrorist organization. Interview Conducted By Susanne Koelbl in Baghdad more... Comment ]

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

The Persian Paradox: Iran Is Much More Modern Than You Think

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2015

People in the West tend to have a monolithic view of Iran. But there's a lot more to the country than the mullah-led theocracy, and it often gets ignored. And national pride is alive and well. An Essay by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

Proxy War in Yemen: Saudi Arabia and Iran Vie for Regional Supremacy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2015

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues to bombard Yemen in an effort to stop the advance of an Iran-backed Shiite militia there. The conflict is becoming a proxy war for regional supremacy. The risks to the House of Saud are great. By Dieter Bednarz, Christoph Reuter and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Interview with Isaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

Interview with Isaac Herzog: 'Israelis Are Fed Up with Politics of Fear'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2015

In an interview, Israeli prime minister candidate Isaac Herzog says the country's people are "fed up" with Benjamin Netanyahu's "politics of fear." If elected, he says he wants to "reignite" the peace process and is prepared to negotiate with the Palestinians. Interview Conducted by Nicola Abé and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

Interview with Egyptian President Sisi: 'Extremists Offend the Image of God'

Interview with Egyptian President Sisi: 'Extremists Offend the Image of God'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi discusses his country's struggles, the forceful overthrow of his predecessor Mohammed Morsi and the threat against Egypt posed by Islamic State and the Muslim Brotherhood. Interview Conducted by Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer more... Comment ]

Path to the Presidency: The Swift Rise of Egypt's Sisi

Path to the Presidency: The Swift Rise of Egypt's Sisi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 09, 2015

In June 2014, former military officer Abdel Fattah el-Sisi became Egypt's president. Did his election represent the will of the people or was it the product of a coup? And will it mark the end of the Arab Spring or is he a leader who can provide needed stability? By Dieter Bednarz and Klaus Brinkbäumer in Cairo more... Comment ]

Once Upon a Revolution: The Broken Dream of Tahrir Square

Once Upon a Revolution: The Broken Dream of Tahrir Square

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2015

Four years after the Arab Spring uprising, Egypt has once again become a dictatorship. How could things have come to this? Author Thanassis Cambanis tracked three leaders of the revolution at Tahrir Square, documenting the slow death of their rebellion. By Thanassis Cambanis more... Comment ]

Swing Sets and Death in Syria: A Visit to an Aleppo Playground

Swing Sets and Death in Syria: A Visit to an Aleppo Playground

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2014

Every day, children from the Salaheddin district of Aleppo meet at the local playground. They play war as the real one rages just a few meters away. But the graves are slowly encroaching. By Christoph Reuter in Aleppo, Syria more... Comment ]

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2014

A young Israeli is calling on his fellow citizens to move to Berlin, where life is cheaper than in Tel Aviv. Politicians back home are outraged by 25-year-old the expatriate's online campaign. By Raniah Salloum more...