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War on Doctors: The Deadly Business of War-Zone Medical Care

War on Doctors: The Deadly Business of War-Zone Medical Care

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 22, 2016

With governments bombing hospitals and militias attacking medical staff, the work of Doctors without Borders is in jeopardy. Rules to protect aid workers in war zones are increasingly being ignored. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Never Ending War: Why The Cease-Fire in Syria Won't Help

Never Ending War: Why The Cease-Fire in Syria Won't Help

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2016

The cease-fire agreed to by Russia and the United States in Syria means that Aleppo and other devastated cities have been given a chance to breathe. But the temporary calm is unlikely to bring us any closer to the end of the war. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

Syria à la Carte: Turkish Invasion Highlights Rapidly Shifting Alliances

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

The Turkish advance into northern Syria marks a turning point in the Syrian conflict. Its nominal target was Islamic State, but with large powers reconsidering their alliances in the region, the Kurds stand to lose the most. By Maximilian Popp and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Retreat and Delusion: Is the Islamic State Finally Collapsing?

Retreat and Delusion: Is the Islamic State Finally Collapsing?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 10, 2016

Terrorist attacks on the West make the Islamic State appear stronger than ever. The reality is that allied forces are well on their way to defeating the group in its core territory. Sources on the ground report that the "caliphate" is disintegrating. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


The Returnees: Former Islamic State Members Open Up to Investigators

The Returnees: Former Islamic State Members Open Up to Investigators

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2016

Investigators in Germany often know little about the crimes committed by German Islamists who have traveled to Syria. Three returnees have broken their silence -- providing a wealth of information and angering members of the radical scene. By Jörg Diehl, Julia Jüttner, Fidelius Schmid and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]

Islamic State's Child Soldiers: First Come the Sweets, Then the Beheadings

Islamic State's Child Soldiers: First Come the Sweets, Then the Beheadings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 29, 2016

The Islamic State is holding thousands of young boys captive in Syria and Iraq, where it is teaching them the Koran and how to become deadly child soldiers. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]


Apocalypse Now: A Year of Crises, Shocks and Fears of Terror

Apocalypse Now: A Year of Crises, Shocks and Fears of Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2016

Ansbach, Munich, Würzburg, Nice, Brussels -- in light of the many horrific news stories, many are asking: What's the matter with 2016? By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Terrorist Bookkeepers: New Documents Help Identify Islamic State Returnees

Terrorist Bookkeepers: New Documents Help Identify Islamic State Returnees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2016

It isn't always easy for European authorities to prove that returning jihadists fought for Islamic State. But a new data leak from the terror organization could help. SPIEGEL has seen the books kept by IS bureaucrats. By Jörg Diehl, Roman Lehberger and Vanessa Schlesier more... Comment ]


The Story of Ahmed and Alin: Syrian Orphans Trapped in Turkey

The Story of Ahmed and Alin: Syrian Orphans Trapped in Turkey

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2016

Ahmed and Alin were 10 and 11 years old when their parents died in Aleppo. They fled to Turkey and now work there as child laborers -- collecting scrap and working in a sweat shop. They dream of escape, but don't know how. By Claas Relotius more... Comment ]

'We'll Be Back': Islamic State Losses Could Fuel Sectarian Warfare

'We'll Be Back': Islamic State Losses Could Fuel Sectarian Warfare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 23, 2016

Islamic State has been losing significant swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in recent months. When it goes, though, the group leaves behind deadly booby traps -- and the makings of sectarian warfare. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]