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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 ]


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 ]