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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.

The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to Holy War

The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to Holy War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2014

Hundreds of young German Islamists have traveled to Syria to fight with the terrorist group Islamic State. SPIEGEL explored the extremist scene in Germany and the fascination with jihad in order to find answers about what drives people to join the murderous cult. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

Hashtags and Holy War: Islamic State Tweets Its Way to Success

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2014

In an interview, Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was a key figure in the arrest of the mastermind behind al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks, discusses Islamic State's massively successful social media strategy and serious errors made in the war against terror. Interview Conducted By Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

The 'Caliphate's' Colonies: Islamic State's Gradual Expansion into North Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2014

Chaos, disillusionment and oppression provide the perfect conditions for Islamic State. Currently, the Islamist extremists are expanding from Syria and Iraq into North Africa. Several local groups have pledged their allegiance. By Mirco Keilberth, Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

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

The Call of 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 Extremist Trap: Don't Sacrifice Civil Rights in Battle against Islamists

The Extremist Trap: Don't Sacrifice Civil Rights in Battle against Islamists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2014

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US sacrificed its values and betrayed its civil rights. With a new Islamist threat brewing, Germany must avoid avoid making the same mistakes. Its democracy is strong enough to withstand the threat. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial more... Comment ]

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 Bartholomäus 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 ]