The self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (IS) is a Sunni Islamist rebel group which controls territory in Iraq and Syria. It is also active in eastern Libya and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, among other places.
The United Nations has accused "IS" of committing human rights abuses, mass executions and war crimes. The terror group is known for its social media and web propaganda, which includes online videos of the beheadings of soldiers, journalists and aid workers. It is largely financed by income from the oil fields in Syria and Iraq, and private donations, often from the Gulf states Qatar and Saudi Arabia. DW's recent content tagged with "Islamic State" or "IS" appears on this page.
One Saturday morning in 2015, Sabine Lappe's telephone rang. It was her son Christian calling to say that he and his young wife were on their way to Syria to join terrorists fighting for the so-called Islamic State. He never returned. He was killed in 2017. DW's Matthias von Hein met with his mother, who lives in the German town of Dortmond, to talk about her son and his path to radicalization.