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The World Wide War

With the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, terrorism vaulted to the top of government agendas at the turn of the century. Led by the United States and its War on Terror, terrorism has helped shape a new geopolitical balance following the end of the Cold War.

Islamic State: Germany Struggles to Deal with Returning Fighters

Islamic State: Germany Struggles to Deal with Returning Fighters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2014

Hundreds of radical Islamists from Germany have headed to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Many have since returned home. Now the country's court system is gearing up for the coming legal battles -- and facing myriad challenges. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2014

Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America's ultimate goal remains unclear. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

Days of Terror: Iraqi Christians Live in Fear of ISIS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2014

Some 40,000 Christians live in Qaraqosh, a town near Mosul, Iraq. Residents have been gathering daily in 12 local churches as ISIS jihadists advance towards the community. Their existence is a precarious one. By Katrin Kuntz in Qaraqosh, Iraq more... Comment ]

The Devil in Nigeria: Boko Haram's Reign of Terror

The Devil in Nigeria: Boko Haram's Reign of Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2014

A former Boko Haram kidnapping victim helping Nigerian officials recently found two of the schoolgirls kidnapped in the country. The search for the others remains a desperate one and has also cast light on a destitution rampant in the country's northern states. By Bartholomńus Grill and Toby Selander more... Comment ]

Paradise Lost: Paranoia Has Undermined US Democracy

Paradise Lost: Paranoia Has Undermined US Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

While far from a dictatorship, the United States has employed a number of paranoid tactics that delegitimize its democracy. This phenomenon is on display in the fictional TV series "Homeland," which depicts hysterical CIA agents in a hysterical country. By Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

From Jail to Jihad: Former Prisoners Fight in Syrian Insurgency

From Jail to Jihad: Former Prisoners Fight in Syrian Insurgency

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

Some have done time for terrorism, while others were radicalized inside: Former prison inmates are now on the frontlines of the Syrian civil war. The jihadists fighting alongside the rebels are discrediting the insurgency, just asáDamascus may have hoped. By Raniah Salloum more... Comment ]

Nairobi Attack: Threat of Somali MilitantsáSpreads Beyond Borders

Nairobi Attack: Threat of Somali MilitantsáSpreads Beyond Borders

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 25, 2013

The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has been weakened at home. But the devastating terrorist attack on a shopping center in Nairobi shows that the group poses a growing risk to neighboring countries. By Bartholomńus Grill more... Comment ]

'Project 6': CIA Spies Operating in the Heart of Germany

'Project 6': CIA Spies Operating in the Heart of Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2013

For years, intelligence services from the US and Germany conducted a secret project on German soil. Together, they developed a counter-terrorism database -- with even a journalist coming under suspicion. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

An Arab Nightmare: West Dithers Over Taking aáSide in Egypt

An Arab Nightmare: West Dithers Over Taking aáSide in Egypt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2013

Egypt's political unravelling puts the West in a tight spot. Its reaction to this week's massacre will affect its image in the Arab world for many years to come. So far, it has been anything but assertive. AáCommentary by Erich Follath more... Comment ]

Terror Retooled: Al-Qaida Thinks Globally But Acts Locally

Terror Retooled: Al-Qaida Thinks Globally But Acts Locally

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

The new warning last week of possible imminent attacks by al-Qaida fueled fears far beyond America's borders. But the movement founded by Osama bin Laden has long since shifted from mass international attacks to local battles -- with success. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]