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So much for de-escalation

8 January 2020 11:56 am

‘We are not looking to start a war with Iran,’ said defense secretary Mark Esper today. ‘We are looking to…

Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the coming Iran crisis

4 January 2020 8:42 pm

That gathering drumbeat you hear could be the sound of World War III, or it could be 10,000 journalists still…

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What could go wrong for Donald Trump in 2020?

31 December 2019 5:23 am

What are the four things that can go blooey for President Trump in the next year? First, he can get…

The surrealism of war against Isis

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The campaign against Isis was pretty big news for most of 2016. But by the time the final showdown got…

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Vice vs vice: Cheney barbecues Pence in Georgia

12 March 2019 12:13 pm

It was no cakewalk for Vice President Mike Pence. He had showed up in Sea Island, Ga., reckoning that he…

Britain and its allies are opening the way for yet another Iraq war

18 November 2017 9:00 am

After the most intensive street-by-street combat since 1945, Isis’s so-called caliphate is no more. Last weekend, the Iraqi government won…

The Kurds are on their own

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The routing of Isis in northern Iraq ought to be a time of international celebration, but as ever in the…

Don’t forget the Yazidis

12 August 2017 9:00 am

As the floodwaters subsided, the Ark drifted across northern Iraq. Finally, with a crunching jolt, it hit dry land. Its…

Hope in Mosul

15 July 2017 9:00 am

For the title of world’s most benighted city, Mosul takes some beating. Liberated from Saddam Hussein by US forces in…

The myth of the plucky Kurdish warrior

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Western powers’ favourite allies in Iraq and Syria have problems – and divisions – of their own

Portrait of the week: English lessons, civil partnerships, the price of oil

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that Muslim women must learn English, and that those who had entered on…

On Europe, Iraq and Syria why can’t our politicians just tell the truth?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It has been over a month since Parliament voted to bomb Isis in Syria, yet in that time there have…

The truth about Islamic State: it's in crisis

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Disillusioned Islamic State recruits are deserting the bloodthirsty terror group as it loses territory

After Jeremy Corbyn’s Syria shambles, step forward Major Dan Jarvis . . . the new Labour-saving device

5 December 2015 9:00 am

It makes no sense for Britain to bomb Islamic State in Iraq but not Syria. Attacking a group that does…

It is time to join the fight against IS in Syria

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The Islamic State is as monstrous an enemy as we have seen in recent history. It crucifies and decapitates its…

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

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Britain, France and America are in a protracted fight against Islamic radicalism. Pity our leaders have no idea how to win it

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

Military action against Isis needs a coherent strategy, says a former senior commander in the British army

Obama's weakness has helped Putin – and Isis

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The principal strategic objective in the war on terror has been a failure. Ever since 9/11, the aim has been…

Portrait of the week

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Home After the killings in Paris, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that seven terrorist attacks on Britain had been…

The Vicar of Baghdad: 'I've looked through the Quran trying to find forgiveness... there isn’t any.'

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Exiled to Hampshire by Isis bombs, saintly Canon Andrew White itches to go back to the Middle East

Islamic State is making its threats a reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Isis could be on the brink of creating a terrifying new world order

Britain’s armed forces no longer have the resources for a major war

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Our armed forces have been cut too far to fight a meaningful war – and the coming defence review looks unlikely to change that

Iran’s hidden war with the West – and what we can do to fight back

24 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s up to Britain to ensure that the nuclear dealdoes not allow a greater threat to the Middle East

Why the Middle East needs more kings

26 September 2015 8:00 am

What the Middle East needs is more constitutional monarchies

Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

12 September 2015 9:00 am

By making them more likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe, the German chancellor is luring would-be migrants to their deaths