Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack: Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2018

Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality. By Matthias Gebauer and Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

The Final Battle? All Eyes Turn to Idlib in Syrian War

The Final Battle? All Eyes Turn to Idlib in Syrian War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2018

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has his eyes on recapturing Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria. But Russia may have other uses for the province. And Turkey and Iran have a say as well. An Analysis by Christoph Reuter and Christoph Sydow more... Comment ]


Victor's Logic: Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

Victor's Logic: Syria's Uncertain Future under Bashar Assad

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2018

After seven years of war, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has three-quarters of the country back under his control. But with Western reconstruction funding still tied to his departure, the future is murky. By Christoph Reuter, Fritz Schaap and Christian Werner (Fotos) more... Comment ]

International Arrest Warrant: Germany Takes Aim at Assad's Torture Boss

International Arrest Warrant: Germany Takes Aim at Assad's Torture Boss

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2018

DER SPIEGEL has learned that Germany's chief federal prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for one of the Syrian regime's top intelligence officials. He is suspected of being responsible for wide-scale torture and murder. By Jörg Diehl, Christoph Reuter and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: 'Syria Is Not Auschwitz'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas discusses Germany's position on Syria, criticizes U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter diplomacy and calls for a tougher approach to Russia. Interview Conducted by Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Donald Trump's War Games: Why Intervening in Syria Is the Wrong Move

Donald Trump's War Games: Why Intervening in Syria Is the Wrong Move

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump this week issued a Twitter threat to Russia and hinted that America would soon attack Syria. But even if Assad does deserve punishment for again using chemical weapons, the urge to intervene should be resisted. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


'Get Ready Russia': Donald Trump Is Stuck In The Syrian Quagmire

'Get Ready Russia': Donald Trump Is Stuck In The Syrian Quagmire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2018

Following last weekend's suspected chemical weapons attack, the Syrian conflict could escalate once again. U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter threat and Russian response show just how dangerous the situation has become. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

American Fury: The Truth About the Russian Deaths in Syria

American Fury: The Truth About the Russian Deaths in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 01, 2018

Hundreds of Russian soldiers are alleged to have died in U.S. airstrikes at the beginning of February. Reporting by DER SPIEGEL shows that events were likely very different. By Christoph Reuter more... Video | Comment ]


Abandoning the Kurds: What the Turkish Invasion Means for Syria

Abandoning the Kurds: What the Turkish Invasion Means for Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 02, 2018

By invading Afrin, one of the last unscathed regions in Syria, Turkey is trying to prevent the creation of a Kurdish state. The U.S. is looking on powerlessly while Russia is rubbing its hands in glee. Ultimately, the true winner might be Bashar Assad. By Christian Esch, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Assad's Victory: What Comes after War in Syria?

Assad's Victory: What Comes after War in Syria?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 24, 2018

The regime has largely won the war against the insurgents and thoughts are slowly shifting to Syria's future. But the country still has a long path ahead before it can find peace. By Susanne Koelbl in Damascus, Syria more... Comment ]