Cameron sets out his case for bombing Islamic State in Syria

26 November 2015 9:40

In the past few minutes, David Cameron has published his response to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on the case…

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How can we defend our liberal heritage by abandoning its values?

24 November 2015 16:04

Yusuf, when I last saw him, was still smiling, a middle-aged man with the greying pony-tail of a rock roadie.…

Video footage has emerged of the Russian SU24 being shot down

Syrian war heats up as Turkey shoots down a Russian jet

24 November 2015 9:59

The complications of acting in Syria have just become more apparent. The Russians are fighting in support of Assad – but Turkey,…

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Tory whips woo Labour MPs ahead of Syria vote

23 November 2015 17:58

As David Cameron confirmed in his statement to the Commons today, he will set out his strategy on attacking Islamic…


Defence review: Cameron takes Corbyn to task over national security

23 November 2015 17:09

David Cameron’s initial statement to the Commons on the Strategic Defence and Security Review was a rather high-minded affair. Cameron…

Labour Leadership Contender Jeremy Corbyn Talks To Supporters In The North West

Corbyn facing a ‘point of reckoning’ over Syria vote

23 November 2015 13:10

Pro-intervention Labour MPs are increasingly confident that they will help David Cameron get a majority for British military action against…

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Maria Eagle speaks to delegates during a session entitled "Britain and the World" during the second day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 28, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom.

Maria Eagle: it’s ‘conceivable’ Jeremy Corbyn would support Syria bombing

23 November 2015 8:58

David Cameron will be making the case for bombing Syria in the Commons later this week and all eyes are…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 2

Labour struggles to talk straight on Syria vote

22 November 2015 12:32

It’s quite clear what the Tory approach to a vote on British involvement in action against Islamic State in Syria…

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Cameron to make his case for war to the Commons next week

21 November 2015 13:33

David Cameron will set out his case for air strikes against IS in Syria to the Commons late next week.…

French supporters at the England vs France match at Wembley (Photo: Clive Rose/Getty)

Why I didn’t sing La Marseillaise last night

18 November 2015 12:10

When Patrice Evra and the French national football team lined up at Wembley last night, it was a moment of…

David Cameron speaks to the media during a press conference on day two of the G20 Turkey Leaders Summit on November 16, 2015 in Antalya, Turkey.

Public backs David Cameron on Syrian airstrikes, according to new poll

18 November 2015 9:01

The terrorist attacks in Paris appear to have shifted public attitudes on both refugees and airstrikes. According to a new poll from…


David Cameron: Britain needs to take action against Islamic State in Syria

17 November 2015 12:52

Senior politicians have so far been rather cautious in their response to the Paris attacks. But today David Cameron gave…

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France bombs Islamic State bases in Raqqa. But will it make much difference?

15 November 2015 22:18

Yesterday, Francois Hollande promised “merciless” retribution against the Islamic State. This evening, armed with American intelligence, the French Air Force…

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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…

Macer Gifford, who fought Isis in Syria, has been banned from giving a speech at UCL

Why are student-union officials censoring criticism of Islamic State?

6 November 2015 10:31

Just when you thought the self-important, ban-happy uber-bureaucrats who run student unions couldn’t get any worse, they go and No…


Podcast: civil war in the Catholic church

5 November 2015 8:59

Are Pope Francis’ reforms and pronouncements risking a civil war within the Catholic church? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Damian…

A still from the film Cairo Drive

The films the Arab world doesn’t want you to see

4 November 2015 16:35

‘I want a woman to be President,’ declared one of the ambulance drivers interviewed by Sherief Elkatsha for his film…

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Russia’s dramatic new policy towards Assad is very revealing

3 November 2015 17:36

Yesterday I argued that if it became clear that the Russian plane was brought down over Egypt by a bomb,…

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses delegates at the Scottish Labour Party Conference at the Perth Concert Hall on October 30, 2015 in Perth, Scotland.

Rows on Trident and Syria highlight Labour’s policymaking problems

3 November 2015 17:19

How does Labour make its policy? Different factions and frontbenchers are quarrelling about a number of issues such as Trident…

David Cameron Leaves Downing Street For PMQ's

No10 insists that Cameron may still seek vote on bombing Syria

3 November 2015 10:06

Number 10 is this morning pushing back against the reports that David Cameron has abandoned a vote on extending British…

The wreckage of the Russian passenger plane in Egypt (Photo: Getty)

The Russian plane crash could undermine Putin’s Syria strategy

2 November 2015 15:33

It now seems fairly likely that an explosion brought down the Russian passenger airline over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula over the weekend.…

War makes for strange bedfellows, and on both sides of the Golan, 'my enemy's enemy is my friend' is the cliche embraced by all. (Photo: Getty)

Israel’s ‘neutral’ position towards Syria has created some strange bedfellows

26 October 2015 12:16

Over the weekend an Israeli-Arab flew from his home in the Jewish state on a paraglider, evading Israel’s formidable air…


Cameron should listen to Syrian bishops, not the Anglican ones

18 October 2015 15:21

Well, it’s something, I suppose, that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York didn’t sign that ill-advised letter last month from…

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Leaked extracts of Nicola Sturgeon’s speech suggests she doesn’t care much about Syria

17 October 2015 8:24

Nicola Sturgeon is to close the SNP annual conference today, and her aides have leaked what she proposes to say about…


Is the West arming the Syrian People’s Front or the People’s Front of Syria?

14 October 2015 11:13

The United States has abandoned training rebel forces on the ground in Syria but not equipping them, or at least…