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 ]

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2014

In an interview, Ali Soufan,áthe former FBI agent who was a key figure in the arrest of the mastermind behind al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks, discusses Islamic State's massively successful social mediaástrategy and serious errors made in the war against terror. Interview Conducted By Britta Sandberg 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 ]

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

Interview with Henry Kissinger: 'Do We Achieve World Order Through Chaos or Insight?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2014

Henry Kissinger is the most famous and most divisive secretary of state the US has ever had. In an interview, he discusses his new book exploring the crises of our time, from Syria to Ukraine, and the limits of American power. He says he actedáin accordance witháhis convictions in Vietnam. Interview Conducted By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Erich Follath more... Comment ]

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

A Kurdish Family at War: Three Generations with the Peshmerga

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2014

The Tofeq family has been at war almost constantly since the late 1950s, with grandfather Khorshid, his son Dedewan and his grandson Zyran all having become Peshmerga fighters. All three generations are now battling a new enemy: Islamic State. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

Bound foráSyria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

Bound foráSyria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2014

Young Kurds from Germany are joining PKK's fight against Islamic State in Syria. Security officials are concerned that tensions between Salafists and Kurds in Germany could rise once they return home. By J÷rg Diehl and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2014

The terrorist group PKK represents the West's last hope in the fight against Islamic State. Their lonely resistance to the advancing jihadists will result in lasting changes to the region. Some developments are already well advanced. By Ralf Hoppe, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Jonathan Stock more... Comment ]

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2014

How does Islamic State think? How do its followers see the world? SPIEGEL ONLINE met up with an Islamic State recruiter in Turkey to hear about the extremist group's vision for the future. Interview Conducted by Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2014

For weeks now, the world has grown worried as Islamic State jihadists have tried to take the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria. As the US has stepped up airstrikes, Turkey's actions have revealed that it is pursuing its own contradictory political agenda. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Nine Days in the Caliphate: A Yazidi Woman's Ordeal as an Islamic StateáCaptive

Nine Days in the Caliphate: A Yazidi Woman's Ordeal as an Islamic StateáCaptive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2014

When Islamic State fighters conquered the border region between Iraq and Syria, the Yazidi village of Kocho also fell into their hands. Twenty-year-old Nadia was among dozens of young women who were abducted and abused. This is the story of her ordeal. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

The Calláof Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

The Calláof Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2014

Islamic State has no qualms about killing Kurds in Syria. Yet the organization has still managed to attract Kurdish supporters in Europe. In Hamburg, a number of families are struggling to cope with their sons' decisions to answer the call of jihad. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]