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Bound for†Syria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

Bound for†Syria: German Kurds Join Fight against Islamic State

October 29, 2014, 06:52 PM

Young Kurds from Germany are joining PKK's fight against Islamic State in Syria. Security officials are concerned that tensions between Salafists and Kurds in Germany could rise once they return home. By JŲrg Diehl and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]


New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

New Alignments: The Kurds' Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

October 29, 2014, 04:31 PM

The terrorist group PKK represents the West's last hope in the fight against Islamic State. Their lonely resistance to the advancing jihadists will result in lasting changes to the region. Some developments are already well advanced. By Ralf Hoppe, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Jonathan Stock more... Comment ]


Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

Interview with an Islamic State Recruiter: 'Democracy Is For Infidels'

October 28, 2014, 10:12 AM

How does Islamic State think? How do its followers see the world? SPIEGEL ONLINE met up with an Islamic State recruiter in Turkey to hear about the extremist group's vision for the future. Interview Conducted by Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Chief MH17 Investigator on German Claims: 'We Will Need Evidence'

Chief MH17 Investigator on German Claims: 'We Will Need Evidence'

October 27, 2014, 05:12 PM

In an interview, the Dutch official leading the investigation of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine addresses reports that German intelligence is convinced the plane got shot down by pro-Russian separatists. Interview Conducted by Rainer Leurs more... Comment ]

Chilean President: 'Latin America Has More Women in High Office than Europe'

Chilean President: 'Latin America Has More Women in High Office than Europe'

October 27, 2014, 01:20 PM

In an interview, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet discusses her effort to remove the last vestiges of the Pinochet dictatorship and her desire to create a better social system and import German-style vocational training to South America. Interview Conducted by Helene Zuber more... Comment ]

From Germany to Iraq: One Yazidi Family's War on Islamic State

From Germany to Iraq: One Yazidi Family's War on Islamic State

October 23, 2014, 12:36 PM

A Yazidi family from Iraq had finally found peace in Germany, but now the father has headed back to fight Islamic State and the son is waging his own war at home.†Although they've both become heroes in the community, their story†may not have a happy ending. By ÷zlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

Battle for Kobani: As the World Watches, Turkey Looks Away

October 22, 2014, 01:39 PM

For weeks now, the world has grown worried as Islamic State jihadists have tried to take the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria. As the US has stepped up airstrikes, Turkey's actions have revealed that it is pursuing its own contradictory political agenda. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Death in the Sahara: An Ill-Fated Attempt to Reach Fortress†Europe

Death in the Sahara: An Ill-Fated Attempt to Reach Fortress†Europe

October 21, 2014, 05:24 PM

One year ago, a group of 113 people set off from Niger hoping†for a better future in†the European Union. A few days later, they were left stranded in the Sahara Desert without vehicles or water. Only 17 survived to tell the tale. By Hauke Goos and Bernhard Riedmann (Photos) more... Comment ]

From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

October 20, 2014, 02:17 PM

In 1968, David Hockney completed a portrait of one of the 20th century's most vibrant pairings: author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy. The gay couple opened their home, where the painter still lives today, to Hollywood's luminaries. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]

Nine Days in the Caliphate: A Yazidi Woman's Ordeal as an Islamic State†Captive

Nine Days in the Caliphate: A Yazidi Woman's Ordeal as an Islamic State†Captive

October 15, 2014, 03:13 PM

When Islamic State fighters conquered the border region between Iraq and Syria, the Yazidi village of Kocho also fell into their hands. Twenty-year-old Nadia was among dozens of young women who were abducted and abused. This is the story of her ordeal. By Ralf Hoppe 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

October 15, 2014, 11:21 AM

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 ]