Syria

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Refugees in Crisis : The Death Strip at the Turkish-Syrian Border

Refugees in Crisis : The Death Strip at the Turkish-Syrian Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2016

Assad and Russia are destroying Aleppo and tens of thousands of Syrians have left the city as they search for safety. But under pressure from Europe, Turkey has sealed off its border to Syria. Those who try to cross often don't survive. By Riham Alkousaa and Maximilian Popp at the Border between Syria and Turkey more... Comment ]

Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2016

As the noose around Aleppo tightens -- and the Assad regime and its Russian allies continue to bomb the city -- the extremely dangerous nature of this proxy war is becoming more apparent than ever. Could escalation between Moscow and Washington be on the horizon? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Masoud's Revenge: Syrian Refugee Helps Germans Hunt Down IS

Masoud's Revenge: Syrian Refugee Helps Germans Hunt Down IS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2016

As a prisoner of Islamic State in Syria, journalist Masoud Aqil suffered torture and death threats. Now in Germany, he is helping law enforcement officials hunt down former IS members who came to Europe as refugees. By Jonas Breng more... Comment ]

Doubts about Authenticity: Momentous Syria Interview Under Fire

Doubts about Authenticity: Momentous Syria Interview Under Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2016

German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer filmed an interview with an alleged rebel commander near Aleppo. The claims made by the commander -- that the US was supporting al-Qaida -- made headlines around the world. But was the interview authentic? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


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 ]