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Refugee Chaos in Macedonia: 'Life-Threateningly Dangerous for Women and Children'

Refugee Chaos in Macedonia: 'Life-Threateningly Dangerous for Women and Children'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2015

A dangerous bottleneck has formed in the Macedonian border town of Gevgelija, an important hub for refugees traveling to Western Europe. Those trying to reach the trains here face extreme heat, dangerous crowds and police bullying. By Raniah Salloum in Gevgelija, Macedonia more... Comment ]

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

The Allure of the Islamic State: Money and Status Attract Fighters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2015

A bricklayer got a $60 a month raise by trading his construction tools for a Kalashnikov and becoming a soldier for the Islamic State. Subsidies and other benefits appear to be part of the holy war's allure for some. By Katrin Kuntz in Erbil, Iraq more... Comment ]

RelentlessáTerror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

RelentlessáTerror: The Everyday Horrors of the Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2015

Eighty lashes of the whip for alcohol. Amputation for theft. Crucifiction for robbery. These are only a few of the draconian punishments employed by the Islamic State, according to documents and the testimony of witnesses obtained by SPIEGEL. By Uwe Buse and Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Emrah and his Brothers: Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists

Emrah and his Brothers: Germany's Struggle for the Soul of Returning Islamists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2015

German Islamists are returning from war abroad, some reformed but others more dangerous than ever. Social workers, imams and extremists are fighting for their souls -- and for Germany's safety. Government officials have few answers to the problem. By Ízlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Syria'sáMercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad's War

Syria'sáMercenaries: The Afghans Fighting Assad's War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2015

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is running out of soldiers and is forced to rely on mercenaries in his ongoing battle against rebels. Many of his foreign fighters come from Afghanistan -- men like Murad, who is now being held in Aleppo as a prisoner-of-war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

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 ]

Caliphate Under Pressure: Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?

Caliphate Under Pressure: Is Islamic State in Trouble in Iraq?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2015

Islamic State is pulling out of once-conquered towns and villages in Iraq and dissatisfaction appears to be growing among its followers. Predictions of the jihadists' demise, however, are likely premature. By Susanne Koelbl and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

The Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists?

The Belgium Question: Why Is a Small Country Producing So Many Jihadists?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2015

Relative to the size of its population, no other country in Europe sends as many young jihadists to Syria as Belgium does. But why? Some say one problem lies with the fractured nature of the country itself. By Katrin Kuntz and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2015

Government documents and information from the Assad regime indicate that German companies may have helped Syria produce chemical weapons over the course of decades. So far, the Merkel administration has shown no willingness to investigate. By Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points toáSyrian Push foráNuclear Weapons

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points toáSyrian Push foráNuclear Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2015

For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria's nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]