Paul Wood

A junior scandal

15 July 2017 9:00 am

On the main allegations of collusion with Russia, there’s still no smoking gun

The myth of the plucky Kurdish warrior

27 February 2016 9:00 am

On Nawroz, the Persian New Year, last March, Isis sent a holiday greeting to the Kurds. They published several videos…

The truth about Islamic State: it's in crisis

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The latest video from Isis introduces a new British executioner, a successor to ‘Jihadi John’, and it is a classic…

How far can Bernie Sanders go?

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Boston A woman’s voice carried through a lull in several conversations around the table at a smart East Coast dinner.…

Ben Carson has an amazing story. How about policies?

19 September 2015 8:00 am

   Washington DC Ben Carson is relaxed. ‘He’s always relaxed,’ says an aide. The next televised Republican primary debate is…

‘Keep out the Mexicans and al-Qaeda’: with Donald Trump and his fans at the Iowa State Fair

22 August 2015 9:00 am

 The Iowa State Fair ‘Donnnaaallldd!!! Donnnaaaaallldd!!!’ Donald Trump was surrounded by fans. He looked happy. He took a bite out of…

Lesbos: the tourist island where half Greece's migrants land

1 August 2015 9:00 am

 Lesbos A young woman in a headscarf stumbled over some rocks and onto the beach. She stood there, rigid, stunned,…

How the other half of the press parties – a war correspondent’s letter from Washington

9 May 2015 9:00 am

This week has been all about the election, the US presidential election that is. It is 18 months away but…

Forget Geneva: the real US-Iran carve-up is happening in Iraq

21 March 2015 9:00 am

 Washington DC and Iraq   We stood on a bleak hillside in eastern Iraq looking at a makeshift grave. It…

Shelling, militiamen and shattered villages: welcome to eastern Ukraine’s ceasefire

7 March 2015 9:00 am

  Eastern Ukraine For a moment, the sound of shelling is drowned out by a thumping beat coming from a…

Black flags and Christmas lights: a letter from Beirut

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Blue and white Christmas lights twinkle over the shops near my apartment in Beirut’s Christian quarter; pricy boutiques display elaborate…

How Islamic State commanders squeeze their hostages for every penny

15 November 2014 9:00 am

 Turkish/Syrian border It was Abouday’s heavy metal T-shirt that started the trouble. Two jihadis at a checkpoint said the fire-breathing…

Pistols, airstrikes and smuggled cows: a letter from Islamic State border country

4 October 2014 9:00 am

 Turkey, Syria It is the early hours of the day that Parliament votes on whether to bomb the so-called ‘Islamic…

Paul Wood's diary: From James Foley's memorial to gunfire in the streets

6 September 2014 9:00 am

 Lebanon The Beirut press corps gather to remember the murdered journalist Jim Foley. People stand for a minute’s silence, drink…

Travels in Isis country: priests, Peshmerga and property developers

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Arriving in Erbil, you don’t feel you are in Iraq, but another country altogether, which is what the Kurds would…

‘It’s jihad, innit, bruv’: meet the British Muslims going to fight in Syria

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Turkey, Syria, Iraq: ‘It’s jihad, innit, bruv.’ The young British Muslim cut an absurd figure in ski mask, dark glasses…

Saddam on money

Baghdad notebook: "Things were better in Saddam's time"

5 July 2014 9:00 am

In the passport queue at Baghdad airport, my heart sinks. This place vies with Cairo for the title of most…

A new Islamist alliance among Syria’s rebels has given Assad the enemy he wants

5 October 2013 9:00 am

   Amman — Beirut — Istanbul I recently bumped into a senior officer with the rebel Free Syrian Army who…

Syria’s war in miniature: meeting the Christians driven out of Qusayr

10 August 2013 9:00 am

 Beirut Ilyas was, he told me, the very last Christian to flee Qusayr. He had been one of just a…