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…

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Sketch: Corbyn’s speech proved he is as cunning as Blair

29 September 2015 17:38

He looked bored. He looked dishevelled. His half-knotted crimson tie sagged disconsolately beneath his bearded throat. The drab jacket seemed…

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Carry on waffling about Europe, Dave – but do the EastEnders approve?

4 November 2014 15:42

Having perused the replies for my call to caption Ed Miliband and Mary Creagh, Mr S is sorry to say…

A British soldier (left) takes a smoke break on base in Sangin valley in Afghanistan's Helmand province, May 2007 (Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

Lies, damn lies and health statistics – smoking is more deadly than serving in Afghanistan

30 October 2014 12:51

Basically nothing is as bad for you as smoking. Short of fairly obvious things like blunt-force trauma or falling out…

An Afghan soldier mans the machine gun on a helicopter ferrying troops from Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Kandahar military base. October 12, 2009. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them.…

Flowers left in front of the Canadian Parliament in honour of Cpl Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves, who was killed while guarding the National War Memorial (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Ottawans to jihadists: our city is stronger than ever

24 October 2014 13:29

I was born in Ottawa. I grew up in Ottawa. I studied in Ottawa. I work in Ottawa. Ottawa is…


A brief history of biker gangs at war – Islamofascist Iraq edition

15 October 2014 8:21

America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.…

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Philip Hammond: No plans to engage in airstrikes

18 August 2014 14:52

So Britain’s long-term fight against Isis isn’t, at the moment, going to involve this country doing any fighting. The Prime…

Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan

Inaction is easy; action is harder but needed now

14 August 2014 13:16

It’s easier to oppose than propose war. The conflict between Israel and Hamas inspired #NotInMyName on Twitter, and opposition to…


The three golden rules of intervention

8 August 2014 9:05

Barack Obama has authorised the use of targeted airstrikes in Iraq against forces of the Islamic State, which are hell-bent…


Would the word ‘NATO’ make Vladimir Putin think twice?

17 April 2014 9:05

Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States will meet in Geneva later today in order to find a…

Unidentified armed men patrol outside of the Simferopol airport. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Crimea, Russia and the power of ‘provokatsiya’

28 February 2014 14:14

What to make of the appearance at two airports in Crimea of armed men wearing uniforms without insignia? The airports are strategically placed –…

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America won’t be Europe’s policeman any more – but that’s good for Britain

25 February 2014 14:32

The US Army’s cuts are good for Britain. They will force our European allies to think about their own defence…

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650 - 1722), in the process of winning the Battle of Blenheim 13th  August 1704.

French baiting from the PM?

31 January 2014 11:42

The French media might prostrate themselves before their own leaders; but they are a little more adventurous with ours. Le…


What can the international community do to restore law and order in the Philippines?

12 November 2013 7:52

Britain is to deploy one warship, the Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring, which is currently on station near Singapore, and…

How can the West strike Assad without taking ownership of Syria? Photo: BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian paradox

2 September 2013 15:25

Readers may be interested to know that I have a piece in this morning’s Wall Street Journal on the House…

The Djemaa El-Fna Square in Marrakech is now full of ghastly Delboys. (ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Another reason to biff the hawkers of Marrakech

2 September 2013 13:12

Apologies for the prolonged absence. This was due to a holiday in which I stayed away from all forms of…

Mourners file past the coffin of Winston Churchill on 30th January 1965. His body lay in state for 3 days.

Winston Churchill was a very human leader, says Churchill and Empire author Lawrence James

13 August 2013 11:18

More books have been written about Winston Churchill than perhaps any other figure in British history. Do we really need…

HMS Illustrious is on its way to Gibraltar.

What did President Eisenhower say about the ‘military industrial complex’?

9 August 2013 9:03

The ‘routine’ deployment of HMS Illustrious and two bustling frigates to Gibraltar, en route to the Gulf of Aden, has…

A general view of the 18th green on the Alcadeisa Golf Club

Gibraltar – 200 years of history in the Spectator

6 August 2013 10:13

The most dramatic part of Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s unmatched submarine novel, Das Boot, takes place beneath the Straits of Gibraltar, when Buchheim’s…


Spectator Syria intervention debate

25 June 2013 10:08

A terrific debate last night at the Spectator: ‘Assad is a war criminal – the West must intervene in Syria.’…

A picture taken during the Special Air Service's celebrated operation in the Iranian embassy in London, 1980. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Zero Six Bravo proves that too much secrecy over Special Forces is a bad thing

3 April 2013 9:30

Zero Six Bravo tells of 60 Special Forces operators forced to remain silent in the face of accusations of ‘cowardice’…

Anti-war protesters displays an effigy of a attack drone as they take part in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Drones save lives

8 March 2013 11:51

‘Drones save lives’ is the title of my piece in this morning’s Wall Street Journal. President Obama is currently receiving…

US soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swampy area during action in Vietnam in 1969. NATIONAL ARCHIVES/AFP/GettyImages

War is not to be envied

11 February 2013 13:09

Donald Anderson is a former US Air Force Colonel and current professor of English Literature at the US Air Force…

Is having women on the front line really a good idea? Image: Getty

Women on the frontline isn’t simply a matter of equality

25 January 2013 17:48

It won’t take long for the US decision to allow women in combat roles to travel here according to The…