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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 to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear 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 ]

Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 31, 2014

In an interview, US General John Allen, Washington's special envoy for countering the Islamic State, discusses why he believes the recent military campaign has reversed the terrorist group's momentum but warns the battle to stop its ideology could take years. Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

America's Reserved Air War: Fewer Missions, More Hits against IS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2014

The United States has conducted far fewer sorties in its battle against the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq than in previous wars. Military officials claim one reason is a much higher air-strike hit ratio. more...

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, the 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 media strategy 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 ]