Bombing

Left: The main gate to the mighty citadel has withstood centuries of invasion. Now much scarred, it presides over a bombed-out city, including the wrecked medieval souq (above), until recently the world’s largest and most vibrant covered historic market and Unesco world heritage site

Syria's Stalingrad: how Aleppo slipped from tolerance to terrorism

5 March 2016 9:00 am

When the German doctor and botanist Leonhard Rauwolff visited the Syrian city of Aleppo during an eccentrically Teutonic herb-hunting mission…

Silent strongman Sergey Shoigu is the real force behind Russia’s military aggression

5 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Crimea is ours,’ President Putin boasted last May. He was speaking on a documentary viewed by millions of Russians, and…

The pretend war: why bombing Isil won't solve the problem

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Not so long ago, David Cameron declared that he was not some ‘naive neocon who thinks you can drop democracy…

Angela Merkel, Barack Obama and David Cameron attend a meeting during the G20 Summit in Antalya, on November 16, 2015 (Photo: Getty)

How to defeat Isis, by a retired British commander

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Like most British soldiers of my generation, I fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Few would now justify the reasons for…

The Jodrell Bank Observatory (Photo: Getty)

You can’t forget what Will Self says - even if you wish you could

28 November 2015 9:00 am

It lasted for just a few seconds but was such a graphic illustration of the statistics behind the bombing campaign…

Shock and awe in Coventry, 14 November 1940

21 November 2015 9:00 am

On 14 November 1940, at seven in the evening, the Luftwaffe began to bomb Coventry. The skyline turned red like…

Islamic State is making its threats a reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

When the creation of a new caliphate was announced last year, who but the small band of his followers took…

A Commons consensus on bombing Syria is further away than ever

7 November 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron doesn’t do regret. It is not in his nature to sit and fret about decisions that he has…

The carpet-bombing of Hamburg killed 40,000 people. It also did good

9 May 2015 9:00 am

In the early hours of 25 July 1943, nearly 800 RAF Halifaxes and Lancasters launched a 50-minute bombing raid on…