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The War of Western Failures: Hopes for Syria Fall with Aleppo

The War of Western Failures: Hopes for Syria Fall with Aleppo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2016

The siege of Aleppo is a humanitarian catastrophe on a dramatic scale -- and a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has seized on the Syrian civil war to expose an impotent West and show his own geopolitical muscle. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Turkish-German Pact: EU Split by Merkel's Refugee Plan

Turkish-German Pact: EU Split by Merkel's Refugee Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2016

Angela Merkel has held six meetings with the Turkish government in the hopes of forging a solution to the refugee crisis. But with most of the leverage in Ankara, progress has been slow. Worse yet, Berlin's plan has split the EU into two rival camps. By Horand Knaup, Peter Müller, René Pfister and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Children of the PKK: The Growing Intensity of Turkey's Civil War

Children of the PKK: The Growing Intensity of Turkey's Civil War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2016

The civil war is escalating in southeastern Turkey, with the government pledging to stamp out militant Kurds. Young Kurds, who used to hurl stones and Molotov cocktails, are now fighting on the front lines in several cities. By Katrin Kuntz, Onur Burçak Belli and Emin Oezmen (photos) more... Comment ]

Refugee Trail Fame: A Trip, a Fall and a Whole New Life

Refugee Trail Fame: A Trip, a Fall and a Whole New Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2016

One kick was all it took to make Osama Mohsen, a professional soccer coach from Syria, into one of the most famous refugees to arrive in Europe last year. After a Hungarian camerawoman sent Mohsen tumbling, his life took an unexpected turn. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

Mini-Republics: A Syrian Village Seeks to Survive amid Carnage

Mini-Republics: A Syrian Village Seeks to Survive amid Carnage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2016

Even as war continues to rage in Syria, normal people in the country are doing their best to survive in places like the village of Korin. It has transformed into a kind of mini-republic and has WiFi on the town square. But its population is slowly dwindling. By Christoph Reuter in Korin, Syria more... Comment ]

Terror Expert Charles Lister: 'Islamic State Is a Convenient Obsession'

Terror Expert Charles Lister: 'Islamic State Is a Convenient Obsession'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2016

British-American terror expert Charles Lister believes that al-Qaida ally Jabhat al-Nusra is more dangerous than Islamic State. In an interview, he warns that most Syrian rebel groups will abort the peace process should Bashar Assad remain in power. Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Back from the 'Caliphate': Returnee Says IS Recruiting for Terror Attacks in Germany

Back from the 'Caliphate': Returnee Says IS Recruiting for Terror Attacks in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 16, 2015

Islamist extremist Harry S. wasn't in Syria for long. But during his stay there, he claims, Islamic State leaders repeatedly tried to recruit him to commit terror attacks in Germany. Security officials believe he could be telling the truth. By Hubert Gude and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]

The West's Dilemma: Why Assad Is Uninterested in Defeating Islamic State

The West's Dilemma: Why Assad Is Uninterested in Defeating Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2015

In the fight against Islamic State, the West is considering cooperating with the Syrian army. There's a hitch though: Assad's troops aren't just too weak to defeat IS -- they also have no interest in doing so. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

Slippery Slope: Are German Ground Troops Inevitable in Syria?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2015

Germany has approved the deployment of reconnaissance planes, a frigate and support personnel to support the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Experts say IS can't be defeated with air strikes alone. Will Germany ultimately be forced to send in ground troops? By Gordon Repinski and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

European Satellites: How Islamic State Takes Its Terror To the Web

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2015

Islamic State is a master at using the Internet to spread propaganda. SPIEGEL ONLINE research indicates European companies may be providing the terrorist organization Internet access by satellite dish. By Nicolai Kwasniewski more... Comment ]