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Bound foráSyria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

Bound foráSyria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2014

Young Kurds from Germany are joining PKK's fight against Islamic State in Syria. Security officials are concerned that tensions between Salafists and Kurds in Germany could rise once they return home. By J÷rg Diehl and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2014

The terrorist group PKK represents the West's last hope in the fight against Islamic State. Their lonely resistance to the advancing jihadists will result in lasting changes to the region. Some developments are already well advanced. By Ralf Hoppe, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Jonathan Stock more... Comment ]

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2014

How does Islamic State think? How do its followers see the world? SPIEGEL ONLINE met up with an Islamic State recruiter in Turkey to hear about the extremist group's vision for the future. Interview Conducted by Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2014

For weeks now, the world has grown worried as Islamic State jihadists have tried to take the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria. As the US has stepped up airstrikes, Turkey's actions have revealed that it is pursuing its own contradictory political agenda. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Nine Days in the Caliphate: A Yazidi Woman's Ordeal as an Islamic StateáCaptive

Nine Days in the Caliphate: A Yazidi Woman's Ordeal as an Islamic StateáCaptive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2014

When Islamic State fighters conquered the border region between Iraq and Syria, the Yazidi village of Kocho also fell into their hands. Twenty-year-old Nadia was among dozens of young women who were abducted and abused. This is the story of her ordeal. By Ralf Hoppe more... Comment ]

The Calláof Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

The Calláof Jihad: Families Struggle as German Kurds Join Islamists in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2014

Islamic State has no qualms about killing Kurds in Syria. Yet the organization has still managed to attract Kurdish supporters in Europe. In Hamburg, a number of families are struggling to cope with their sons' decisions to answer the call of jihad. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2014

Turkey stands by doing nothing while US bombs have been unable to slow down Islamic State fighters: The battle for Kobani has revealed the West's helplessness in the face of radical jihad. Worries of a massacre are growing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Anarchyávs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

Anarchyávs. Stability: Dictatorships and Chaos Go Hand in Hand

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2014

The argument that a stable, autocratic state is better than a failed one has become increasingly fashionable. But it misses the fact that autocracies are ultimately the source of that chaos. A Commentary By Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

Freedom vs. Stability: Are Dictators Worse than Anarchy?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2014

Although there is always reason to celebrate the toppling of an autocrat, the outcome of the Iraq war and the rise of Islamic State have demonstrated in horrific terms that the alternative can be even worse. A Commentary By Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

Digital Jihad: Inside Islamic State's Savvy PR War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2014

Islamic State's methods may be medieval, but the group's propaganda is second to none. The Islamists target their professionally produced videos at specific audiences -- sometimes to spread a specific message, sometimes merely to terrify. By Christoph Reuter, Raniah Salloum and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]