Syria

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Wives of IS Fighters: A German Love Story Goes Awry in the 'Caliphate'

Wives of IS Fighters: A German Love Story Goes Awry in the 'Caliphate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2017

A student from Germany followed her husband to Syria to join Islamic State. Now the 29 year old is stuck in an Iraqi army camp for prisoners of war with her three children as she awaits her fate: either a return to Germany or draconian punishment. By Katrin Kuntz (Text) and Marcel Mettelsiefen (Photos)  more... Comment ]

Islamic State on the Ropes: Two Paths Cross in the Ruins of Raqqa

Islamic State on the Ropes: Two Paths Cross in the Ruins of Raqqa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2017

When Islamic State conquered Raqqa in 2014, Fadi al-Hadi fled to Germany while Nadja Ramadan abandoned her life near Frankfurt to marry an Islamist in the IS stronghold. Now that the city is about to get liberated, the two are trying to retrace their steps. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Left Behind: Tougher German Rules Leave Refugee Families in the Lurch

Left Behind: Tougher German Rules Leave Refugee Families in the Lurch

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2017

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed hundreds of thousands of men into the country, many of the refugees believed they would be able to bring their families later. Now the rules have changed, and countless women and children are trapped in perilous situations. By Katrin Elger and Asia Haidar more... Comment ]

Islamic State's Demise: A Terror Group in its Death Throes?

Islamic State's Demise: A Terror Group in its Death Throes?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2017

Islamic State has lost an enormous amount of territory in both Iraq and Syria and many of its leaders are dead. Yet even as the terror group appears to be breaking apart, attacks are being carried out in its name in Europe. What's next for IS? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


'Everything is Fine': A Syrian Family's Quest to Become German

'Everything is Fine': A Syrian Family's Quest to Become German

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2017

The Muatis are one of hundreds of thousands of refugee families who have come to Germany from Syria since the war broke out. They desperately want to fit in and contribute to society, but even as the children relish their newfound freedoms, the parents worry about their future. By Claas Relotius more... Comment ]

Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2017

The offensive to take Raqqa back from Islamic State has begun. Kurdish fighters are leading the charge in the hopes of eliminating the Islamist scourge -- but they are also hoping to expand their power in northern Syria. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Zig-Zagging on Syria: Trump's Foreign Policy Game

Zig-Zagging on Syria: Trump's Foreign Policy Game

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2017

It could turn out that Donald Trump's decision to bomb Syria was the right one. But thus far, he has no clear policy and there are several risks to his approach. One of them is the president himself. A Commentary by Roland Nelles more... Comment ]

'Beyond a Red Line': The World at a Crossroads in Syria

'Beyond a Red Line': The World at a Crossroads in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 07, 2017

The deployment of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime this week triggered a significant retaliation by the United States. Does this open the door for a Western intervention in the murderous conflict? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Like Obama, Only Worse: Trump's Ill Thought-Out Battle Against Islamic State

Like Obama, Only Worse: Trump's Ill Thought-Out Battle Against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2017

The current U.S. strategy for fighting the Islamic State isn't working. On the contrary, the poorly planned approach is preparing fertile ground for the terrorist organization's later return. An Editorial by Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Gangster's Paradise: Assad's Control Erodes as Warlords Gain Upper Hand

Gangster's Paradise: Assad's Control Erodes as Warlords Gain Upper Hand

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2017

Bashar Assad's power over the areas of Syria under government control is slipping. Armed militias are growing stronger and the country's president can do nothing to stop them. By Fritz Schaap (Text) and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]