Traumatized and Tormented: A Difficult Homecoming for Yazidis Kidnapped by IS

Traumatized and Tormented: A Difficult Homecoming for Yazidis Kidnapped by IS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2019

Kidnapped Yazidis are being reunited with their families following the victory over Islamic State. They include children who have been deeply traumatized. While in captivity, IS brainwashed them to think their parents were evil. By Raniah Salloum more...

The Ghosts of Islamic State: 'Liberated' Areas of Iraq Still Terrorized by Violence

The Ghosts of Islamic State: 'Liberated' Areas of Iraq Still Terrorized by Violence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2018

Officially, Islamic State has been driven out of the Hawija district of Iraq. But the jihadist groups are still there and continue to terrorize the populace. They often show up in the dark of night. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Liberated Raqqa: The Stench of Death amid Hopes for Life

Liberated Raqqa: The Stench of Death amid Hopes for Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2017

The former Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa has been liberated, yet the city remains largely uninhabitable, criss-crossed with mines and strewn with rotting corpses. One man has made it his mission to bring the city back to life. more... Comment ]

Wives of IS Fighters: A German Love Story Goes Awry in the 'Caliphate'

Wives of IS Fighters: A German Love Story Goes Awry in the 'Caliphate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2017

A student from Germany followed her husband to Syria to join Islamic State. Now the 29 year old is stuck in an Iraqi army camp for prisoners of war with her three children as she awaits her fate: either a return to Germany or draconian punishment. By Katrin Kuntz (Text) and Marcel Mettelsiefen (Photos)  more... Comment ]


Islamic State on the Ropes: Two Paths Cross in the Ruins of Raqqa

Islamic State on the Ropes: Two Paths Cross in the Ruins of Raqqa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2017

When Islamic State conquered Raqqa in 2014, Fadi al-Hadi fled to Germany while Nadja Ramadan abandoned her life near Frankfurt to marry an Islamist in the IS stronghold. Now that the city is about to get liberated, the two are trying to retrace their steps. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Islamic State's Demise: A Terror Group in its Death Throes?

Islamic State's Demise: A Terror Group in its Death Throes?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2017

Islamic State has lost an enormous amount of territory in both Iraq and Syria and many of its leaders are dead. Yet even as the terror group appears to be breaking apart, attacks are being carried out in its name in Europe. What's next for IS? By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Exodus: The Uncertain Fate of Iraq's Largest Christian City

Exodus: The Uncertain Fate of Iraq's Largest Christian City

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2017

Before Islamic State invaded, Qaraqosh was home to Iraq's largest Christian community. Now liberated after three years of occupation, little remains and former residents are considering whether its worth rebuilding in a country with an unclear future. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

Taking Back Raqqa: Kurds Seek to Expand Reach in Northern Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2017

The offensive to take Raqqa back from Islamic State has begun. Kurdish fighters are leading the charge in the hopes of eliminating the Islamist scourge -- but they are also hoping to expand their power in northern Syria. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]


Battling Islamic State: A Visit to the Mosul Front

Battling Islamic State: A Visit to the Mosul Front

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 29, 2017

The fight against Islamic State in western Mosul is chaotic and brutal, with up to 200,000 civilians still trapped in the IS-held Old Town. DER SPIEGEL visited the front in Iraq to see how the battle is progressing. By Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

Taking Islamic State to Court: Iraq's Challenging Path to Reconciliation

Taking Islamic State to Court: Iraq's Challenging Path to Reconciliation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2017

Just outside recently liberated Mosul, two judges have been tasked with punishing Islamic State followers who committed crimes and helping victims find justice. But without any way to gather evidence, the process often verges on farce -- and could lead to a new cycle of violence. By Katrin Kuntz and Christian Werner (Photos) more... Comment ]