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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.

Ex-FBI Official: 'We Left Our Most Important Prisoners To Amateurs'

Ex-FBI Official: 'We Left Our Most Important Prisoners To Amateurs'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 23, 2015

Former FBI agent Ali Soufan was one of the first to interrogate terror suspects at Guantanamo. He later left the prison and criticized torture methods used by the CIA. He accuses the government of turning interrogations of inmates over to outsourced amateurs. more... Comment ]

Guantanamo Prisoner Diary: 'We're Gonna Teach You About Great American Sex'

Guantanamo Prisoner Diary: 'We're Gonna Teach You About Great American Sex'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 20, 2015

Mauritanian national Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been held at Guantanamo for 12 years now without trial and despite a dearth of evidence. A diary he kept of his torture is now being published around the world. SPIEGEL presents some excerpts. By Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Terror from the Fringes: Searching for Answers in the "Charlie Hebdo" Attacks

Terror from the Fringes: Searching for Answers in the "Charlie Hebdo" Attacks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 19, 2015

How did three, seemingly normal sons of immigrant families turn into radicalized and vicious murderers? SPIEGEL went to Paris to find out. The resulting image is one of an identity search gone horribly wrong. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Keeping Its Composure: Germany Seeks Calm after French Attack

Keeping Its Composure: Germany Seeks Calm after French Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2015

The German government is trying to address the French terror attacks with a sense of calm, with no plans for new terror laws. However, fears are growing that the massacre will boost a disturbing anti-Muslim current in the country. more... Comment ]

Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Assaulting Democracy: The Deep Repercussions of the Charlie Hebdo Attack

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2015

The terrorists in Wednesday's attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris had a much broader target in mind: Western values. Will the attacks bring people together in this time of crisis or will fear of Islam prevail? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Je Suis Charlie: Stand Together in the Face of Violence

Je Suis Charlie: Stand Together in the Face of Violence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2015

We cannot allow the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to influence our thinking. Otherwise, freedom has lost. A Commentary by Stefan Kuzmany more...

Terror Expert Louise Shelley: 'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation'

Terror Expert Louise Shelley: 'Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2015

Where does Islamic State get its money? In an interview, terrorism expert Louise Shelley says it operates like a run-of-the-mill crime syndicate in which ideology takes a back seat to money making. Interview Conducted by Markus Dettmer and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

Obama Envoy John Allen: No 'Short-Term Solutions' for Stopping Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 31, 2014

In an interview, US General John Allen, Washington's special envoy for countering the Islamic State, discusses why he believes the recent military campaign has reversed the terrorist group's momentum but warns the battle to stop its ideology could take years. Interview Conducted By Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

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 ]