Syria's Bodies: 'The Stench Was Unfathomable'

Syria's Bodies: 'The Stench Was Unfathomable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2014

Photos released last week show that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad tortures, starves and murders its prisoners. The images provide grisly evidence to support what witnesses have been telling SPIEGEL for months. By Christoph Reuter and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

Violence in Syria has been appalling in the run up to this week's peace talks in Switzerland, where rebel and government representatives are to sit down together. Secret meetings in recent months give cause for hope. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

Proceedings in the case of murdered ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are set to being in the Netherlands this week. The trial could cause further unrest in a country that is already on the verge of chaos. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Masked Army: Jihadist Group Expands Rapidly in Syria

Masked Army: Jihadist Group Expands Rapidly in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

A murderous Islamist group called ISIS is obstructing Syrian rebels in their battle against President Bashar Assad's regime. The Free Syrian Army seems barely able to put up a fight in the face of their brutal tactics. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Abducted in Syria: Extremist Rebels Target Journalists

Abducted in Syria: Extremist Rebels Target Journalists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Radical Islamists embedded among the rebels in Syria are reportedly targeting foreign journalists for abduction. Instead of holding them for ransom, however, they use them as trump cards in their power struggles with more moderate rebel groups. By Ulrike Putz more... Comment ]

Early Warning System: A Plan to Halt German Jihadists from Going to Syria

Early Warning System: A Plan to Halt German Jihadists from Going to Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

German jihadists are heading to Syria in ever greater numbers, with some 230 having already traveled to join the opposition in battle. A German politician wants to create an early warning system to prevent young men from making the trip. By Matthias Gebauer and Hubert Gude more... Comment ]

An Apolitical Virus: Strife Fuels Polio's Return to Middle East

An Apolitical Virus: Strife Fuels Polio's Return to Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2013

Polio is making a comeback in a decimated part of Syria, but the delicate politics of the war are making vaccination campaigns difficult. As an epidemic looms over the region, anger over the World Health Organization's inaction is growing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

From Soccer to Jihad: German Football Talent Killed in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Burak Karan had a bright future as a professional soccer player in Germany and even played for the national team's youth side. But he ended his career at 20 and joined radical Islamists. He was killed in Syria in October. more... Comment ]

Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive

Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

In the shadow of the Syrian civil war, a growing number of refugees are surviving in Lebanon by illegally selling their own organs. But the exchange comes at a huge cost. By Ulrike Putz more... Comment ]

Cut Off: Starving Syrians Hope to Live Through Winter

Cut Off: Starving Syrians Hope to Live Through Winter

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

As the world focuses on Syria's chemical disarmament, thousands of people in the country face a more pressing concern: starvation. Cut off by ongoing violence, they are dying because they have no access to supplies. Many will not survive the winter. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]