Isis

Donald Trump’s shameful Syrian betrayal

10 October 2019 10:26 pm

Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria is one of the most shortsighted foreign policy miscalculations in recent memory.…

It’s unfair for Britain to take Tooba Gondal and other Isis brides back

30 September 2019 9:05 pm

I am sure that Tooba Gondal, the latest Isis bride to beg for a return to Britain, would, as she…

Lap-dancing with ISIS, the real Monica Lewinsky and one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen: Edinburgh Fringe roundup

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Clive Anderson’s show about Macbeth, ‘the greatest drama ever written’, offers us an hour of polished comedy loosely themed around…

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces holds up the group's flag (Getty)

The European fighters who battled Isis – and were abandoned by their governments

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Foreign fighters are returning from the battlefield — not Islamists but the Americans, Europeans and South Americans who fought to…

The brutality of the Isis Beatles

22 June 2019 9:00 am

 Beirut Television cameras get everywhere these days. Or maybe that was always true. Gore Vidal, the grand old man of…

A teenage Shamima Begum, before she left Britain (Getty Images)

Why we must make an example of Shamima Begum

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The three most popular justifications for punishment under the law all (as it happens) begin with R. They are retribution,…

I always come away more confused after listening to Moral Maze

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Is it me or are we now faced (or perhaps I should say fazed?) much more often by stories in…

Ivory plaque of a lioness mauling a man, ivory, gold, cornelian, lapis lazuli, Nimrud, 900 BC–700 BC. [© The Trustees of the British Museum]

The Assyrians of Ashurbanipal’s time were just as into pillage and destruction as Isis

1 December 2018 9:00 am

The Assyrians placed sculptures of winged human-headed bulls (lamassus) at the entrances to their capital at Nineveh, in modern Mosul,…

Right, a page from the Hamzanama, c.1558-73, depicting Elijah rescuing Amir Hamza's drowning grandson. Left, 'The Raven addresses an assembly of animals', c.1590.

The true face of Islam won’t be found in mosques or Muslim schools, but at the British Museum

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In Britain today, Islam in its original essence is not to be found in mosques or Muslim schools, but on…

And I think to myself, not a wonderful world…

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The story of Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan is an interesting one, I think, for what it tells us about…

In rebel-held territory, two boys contemplate the rubble of Daraa, September 2017

The tragedy of Syria: how protest spiralled into savagery

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The fateful day five years ago began like any other for the family. A pot of black tea with cardamon…

How can any intelligent person have faith?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Ten years ago, I had a strange debate about faith with a famous Jesuit and an agnostic psychoanalyst in a…

Returning jihadis must be brought to justice

9 December 2017 9:00 am

At first sight, the evidence presented in David Anderson’s report into the four terror attacks committed between March and June…

Prince Harry announces his engagement to US actress Meghan Markle

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Home The engagement was announced of Prince Henry of Wales, aged 33, and the Los Angeles-born Meghan Markle, an actress…

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…

Accept this as the new normal? Never

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Not long after the Parsons Green Tube bombing, another of those viral, defiant-in-the-face-of-terror cartoons started doing the rounds. It was…

Beyond belief: Sam Otto as Jalal in Peter Kosminsky’s The State

Straight to hell

2 September 2017 9:00 am

No, The State (Channel 4) wasn’t a recruiting manual for the Islamic State, though I did feel uneasy about it…

Intelligent design: Alex Eales’s set for ‘Cleansed’ is the star of the show at the Dorfman

Sarah Kane's Cleansed is a thin, vicious pantomime

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Big fuss about Cleansed at the Dorfman. Talk of nauseous punters rushing for the gangways may have perversely delighted the…

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…

My tyre-fitter tried to recruit me as a jihadi bride

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The last time I bought a set of tyres in south London I came away not quite knowing whether I…

Farty, smelly and in love with Putin? You must be middle-aged

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There are things that happen when you grow older — bad things, harbingers of death and decay. Past the age of…

Aleppo Notebook: the city’s terrorist besiegers will now be besieged

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I had been trying to get to Aleppo for ages, but was unable to do so because rebel activity had…

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Turkey is turning into a paranoid one-party state

30 January 2016 9:00 am

   Istanbul Turkey is less and less a democracy, more and more a paranoid one-party state. If you don’t believe…

The secret life of Sir John Major

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Putting old or contaminated petrol in a car needn’t be catastrophic, but in the Golf’s case it was. With 37,000…

Ancient and Modern: The mercenaries of IS and ancient Greece

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Last week we read that Isis was crumbling, but still a force to be reckoned with. That is true, but…