Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

Battle for Aleppo: How Syria Became the New Global War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2016

As the noose around Aleppo tightens -- and the Assad regime and its Russian allies continue to bomb the city -- the extremely dangerous nature of this proxy war is becoming more apparent than ever. Could escalation between Moscow and Washington be on the horizon? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2015

For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria's nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]


Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

Hope in Montreux? A Starting Point for Peace in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

Violence in Syria has been appalling in the run up to this week's peace talks in Switzerland, where rebel and government representatives are to sit down together. Secret meetings in recent months give cause for hope. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

Justice or Peace? Hariri Trial Could Spark Further Unrest in Lebanon

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

Proceedings in the case of murdered ex-Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri are set to being in the Netherlands this week. The trial could cause further unrest in a country that is already on the verge of chaos. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]


Pining for Beirut: How I Made Hezbollah's Blacklist

Pining for Beirut: How I Made Hezbollah's Blacklist

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

Over the last half-century, Beirut has gone from the being the "Switzerland of the Middle East" to a country plagued by instability. In a personal account, SPIEGEL reporter Erich Follath explains his difficult relationship with Hezbollah and his love of Beirut. more... Comment ]

EU Terror List: Hezbollah Unlikely to Feel Sanctions

EU Terror List: Hezbollah Unlikely to Feel Sanctions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to put the military wing of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on the bloc's list of terrorist groups. But sanctions will have little impact on the "Party of God," which has long since become Lebanon's most powerful political force. By Ulrike Putz in Beirut, Lebanon more... Comment ]


Bulgaria Bus Attack: Berlin Wants Hezbollah On EU Terrorist Group List

Bulgaria Bus Attack: Berlin Wants Hezbollah On EU Terrorist Group List

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2013

The German Interior and Foreign ministries want Lebanon's Hezbollah movement to be placed on the EU's list of terrorist groups if suspicions are confirmed that the organization was behind the bus bombing in Bulgaria last year in which five Israeli tourists were killed. more...

Bulgaria Attack: EU Leaders Mull Firmer Stance against Hezbollah

Bulgaria Attack: EU Leaders Mull Firmer Stance against Hezbollah

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2013

The US is urging EU countries to follow its lead in labelling Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Bulgaria's claim that the militant Lebanese group was behind a deadly attack on Israeli tourists in July already has EU leaders calling for action. By James Kirchick more... Comment ]


Hariri or Harakiri? Indictments Come at Key Moment for Hezbollah's Nasrallah

Hariri or Harakiri? Indictments Come at Key Moment for Hezbollah's Nasrallah

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2011

The United Nations Special Tribunal has indicted four senior Hezbollah members for the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is raging against the West, Israel and SPIEGEL. The indictments come at a time of financial woes for Hezbollah, but also one in which the Shiite group has massively increased its power. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]