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'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 ]


Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

Collapse of the Caliphate: Dire Straits for Islamic State Finances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2017

Islamic State is in deep financial trouble. A new study by King's College in London provides the first in-depth look at the terrorist group's revenue structure and why its business model is now failing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria

Rubble and Delusion: A Journey Through Assad's Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2017

With the fall of Aleppo, the regime of Bashar Assad once again controls the country's second-largest city. But is reconciliation possible in the country? A journey through the dictator's rump state. By Fritz Schaap (Text) and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]


War and Peace: Disunity and Impotence at the United Nations

War and Peace: Disunity and Impotence at the United Nations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2017

The mandate of the United Nations is to preserve peace in the world, but when it comes to the Syrian crisis, the global body has failed badly. Will the UN's new secretary-general be able to finally introduce necessary reforms? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Damascus Nights: Despair and Debauchery in Assad's Capital

Damascus Nights: Despair and Debauchery in Assad's Capital

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2016

Even as war rages around them, residents of Damascus, the capital of Bashar Assad's Syria, seek to tune out the violence. The city's nightlife has blossomed as the country's Russian-backed military has pushed back the front. Those dissidents that remain have been forced into hiding. By Fritz Schaap  and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]