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Rational Monster: How Terror Fits into Islamic State's Plan

Rational Monster: How Terror Fits into Islamic State's Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2015

Analysts falsely believed Islamic State was too weak to carry out terror attacks abroad.  But IS views terror as a means to an end -- and will launch attacks as long as they continue to serve its broader strategy. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Obama Security Advisor: 'Ground Forces in Syria Are Not Sustainable'

Obama Security Advisor: 'Ground Forces in Syria Are Not Sustainable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2015

Ben Rhodes, US President Barack Obama's deputy national security advisor, discusses the similarities between the Paris attacks and 9/11, the security risk posed by the refugee crisis and why the US won't send ground troops to Syria. Interview Conducted by Holger Stark more... Comment ]

'Punching in the Dark': Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online War

'Punching in the Dark': Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2015

In the wake of the Paris attacks, authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic State's skillful use of the Internet. So far, however, European countermeasures have been frustratingly ineffective. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Paris Attacks: Murderous Hatred in the City of Love

The Paris Attacks: Murderous Hatred in the City of Love

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2015

The attacks hit Paris where it is most vulnerable, in those places where young people go to have fun. But they were aimed at all of us. What can we do to defend ourselves? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Taking Terror Abroad: The Islamic State's New Strategy

Taking Terror Abroad: The Islamic State's New Strategy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2015

The attacks in Paris mark a shift in the Islamic State's strategy. For the first time, the Syrian jihadists have organized attacks abroad, making the terrorist organization look more like al-Qaida. By Jörg Diehl and Christoph Sydow more... Comment ]

Paris Attacks: How Great Are the Terror Dangers Posed by Refugees?

Paris Attacks: How Great Are the Terror Dangers Posed by Refugees?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2015

It has now been confirmed that one of the Paris suicide bombers reached Europe disguised as a refugee. Security officials had long felt that such a scenario was unlikely. How big is the risk? By Jörg Diehl and Anna Reimann more... Comment ]

Putin Plan: The Russian President's Strategy for Syria

Putin Plan: The Russian President's Strategy for Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2015

A secret strategy paper suggests the Kremlin wants to find a political solution with the West on the issue of Syria. Pressure is mounting on Vladimir Putin as a result of the crash of a Russian jet in Egypt that may have been a terrorist attack. By Matthias Schepp in Moscow more... Comment ]

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

Bye Bye Merkel Doctrine: German Foreign Policy Shifts Focus to Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2015

With the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, Germany is rapidly changing its foreign and security policy focus. Gone are the days of democracy promotion. Now the primary goal is that of preventing people from migrating to Europe. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Russia's Superpower Play: Putin Bets Big on Aggressive Syria Policy

Russia's Superpower Play: Putin Bets Big on Aggressive Syria Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2015

The US and Europe have long opted to stay largely on the sidelines in Syria. But now Russia has begun carrying out airstrikes in the country in support of autocrat Bashar Assad. The move is likely to have far-reaching consequences. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 06, 2015

Iran has long been sending troops and material to help Syrian autocrat Bashar Assad wage war against his own people. But now Tehran is busy establishing a state within a state -- which is why Assad now wants help from Russia. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]