islamic state

Our policy towards Islamic State makes no sense

6 November 2015 13:24

If Islamic State is a threat to Britain that requires a military response, then surely we should be attacking it…

Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, who were both killed by British drone strikes in Syria

Was Reyaad Khan killed because of a threat to Britain or to Iraq?

14 September 2015 16:54

Was the drone strike that killed Reyaad Khan authorised because he posed a threat to Britain, or because he posed…


The Foreign Office’s anti-Isis video may be inept but at least it’s a start

10 September 2015 15:34

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is taking the fight against Isis online. @UKAgainstISIL, a new Twitter account operated by the FCO, is…

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It’s easy to say that Aylan Kurdi died due to our lack of compassion. But the reality is far more complicated

6 September 2015 21:00

Just a thought: what if Aylan Kurdi, the poor drowned three year old child whose picture changed Europe – we…

John Chilcot, the Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, outlines the terms of reference for the inquiry and explains the panel's approach to its work during a news conference in London, on July 30, 2009.

Chilcot resists pressure from MPs to speed up the Iraq Inquiry

26 August 2015 16:06

Sir John Chilcot doesn’t seem all that bothered by the threats of censure from politicians over his lengthy Iraq Inquiry.…

Labour Party Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Outlines Plans For Publicly Owned Railway Network

Corbyn’s remarks on Iraq and Isis are a preview of the fireworks to come if he wins

21 August 2015 9:14

Tories are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership contest. Two stories…

Michael Fallon speaks to the media after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with New Zealand Minister of Defence, Gerry Brownlee on May 29, 2015

Michael Fallon: ‘Iraqi forces are slowly but surely beginning to push ISIL back’

4 August 2015 8:55

Is the government set to bring bombing Islamic State terrorists in Syria before the Commons soon? The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon…

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

The hatred directed at Tony Blair shows just how big Labour’s problem has become

23 July 2015 8:16

I know that the comments beneath online newspaper pieces aren’t exactly where you go if you want sane, balanced opinion,…

Syrian schoolgirls on their way to school (Photo: Zein Al-Rifal/Getty)

We’ve always messed up the Middle East. Let’s stay out, for once

21 July 2015 17:55

I suppose I should cease carping. We got a Blue Labour budget (except for the ludicrous stuff on inheritance tax),…

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Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader…

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When will George Osborne commission a war memorial for soldiers?

5 July 2015 15:58

We learn today that George Osborne will say in his Budget that he’s using the fines he’s collected from bankers…


Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials…

A mass is held in Erbil (Photo: Safin Hamed/Getty)

The Christian communities helping to heal Iraq’s wounds

2 June 2015 17:22

Iraq remains a dangerous and difficult place for everyone there but especially for its religious and ethnic minorities.  Assassinations, kidnappings…

A symbol of peace? (Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty)

Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on April 3, 2015 (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty)

The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent…

The Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, where Islamic State fighters have launched an offensive (Photo: Getty)

Don’t expect to hear anything about Islamic State during the election campaign

7 April 2015 15:50

Granted, you don’t really expect foreign policy to feature much in an election campaign – we’re not saints – but…

Demonstrators in Taez, Yemen. Image: Getty

The last thing Yemen needs is more war. But that is what it’s getting

1 April 2015 17:36

After years of hearing how terrible Western interventions are in the Middle East (Exhibits A, B and C the fiascos…

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

The Labour party loves to hate Tony Blair

11 March 2015 11:42

I’ve met people at political events who seem otherwise normal, and then Tony Blair’s name is mentioned and their eyes light…

Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here…

Members of the Iraqi security forces  head towards the al-Dawr area south of Tikrit to launch an assault against the Islamic State (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Getty)

The assault on IS-held Tikrit could trigger sectarian war in the region

3 March 2015 15:55

The Iraqi military’s attempt to retake Tikrit from Islamic State tells us several things about the current politics of the…


If Isis doesn’t like Twitter, it should invest in its own tech companies

2 March 2015 17:17

Isis has a new bête noir: Twitter. Employees at the social media company have received death threats, as has Jack Dorsey, the…

Isis fighters destroy ancient artefacts at Mosul museum

For modern-day Assyrians their present is under attack from Isis, as is their past

27 February 2015 14:40

The historian Tom Holland tweeted this morning: ‘What ‪#ISIS are doing to the people & culture of ‪#Assyria is worthy…


Why the apologists for the Islamist far right must make Jihadi John a victim

27 February 2015 13:07

Islamic State allows its adherents to be both cultists and psychopaths: an L. Ron Hubbard and a Fred West rolled…

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Britain must assist Iraqi Kurds in their fight against Isis

16 February 2015 17:49

The implosion of Iraq and the durability of Islamic State will be major headaches for new ministers in May. Their required…


Assad is hoping Isis will make his regime look moderate. This is no accident

10 February 2015 11:48

Jeremy Bowen’s half-hour long interview with Bashar al-Assad is being heavily trailed by the BBC this morning.  And while it…