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...

Beaten but Not Defeated: Islamic State Plans Next Move After Loss of 'Caliphate'

Beaten but Not Defeated: Islamic State Plans Next Move After Loss of 'Caliphate'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2019

In the desert between Iraq and Syria, mostly Kurdish forces have seized the last remaining pocket of the Islamic State's once sprawling dominion. But while the terrorists may have capitulated for now, many have gone underground to plan the next deadly phase. By Christoph Reuter more...


The Caliphate's Kids: Sick Children Bear the Brunt of Post-IS Chaos

The Caliphate's Kids: Sick Children Bear the Brunt of Post-IS Chaos

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2019

The last pocket of Islamic State may have been dislodged over the weekend, but the extremist group has left behind hundreds of children. They are the group's weakest and most innocent victims -- and in urgent need of medical care. By Christoph Reuter more...

Germany's Conundrum: What to Do with Islamic State Returnees?

Germany's Conundrum: What to Do with Islamic State Returnees?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2019

Dozens of Germans who fought for Islamic State are in prison in northern Syria. Among them are alleged murderers and torturers, but also women and children. The German government lacks a coherent plan for dealing with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Interview with Suspected 9/11 Recruiter: 'I Didn't Know Anything, With God As My Witness.'

Interview with Suspected 9/11 Recruiter: 'I Didn't Know Anything, With God As My Witness.'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2018

German national Mohammed Haydar Zammar has known them all: Osama bin Laden, the Hamburg terror cell that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks and members of Islamic State. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he speaks for the first time with journalists inside a Kurdish prison. Interview Conducted by Syara Kareb, Andreas Lünser, Christoph Reuter and Fidelius Schmid more... Comment ]

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 ]


No Peace after Islamic State: Foreign Powers Compete for a Slice of Syria

No Peace after Islamic State: Foreign Powers Compete for a Slice of Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2018

Islamic State has largely been defeated, but peace in Syria has not been achieved. On the contrary, without a common enemy, parties involved are now pursuing their own interests, with each wanting a slice of the country. 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 ]