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Stop all the clocks, Baghdadi is dead

29 October 2019 5:08 am

Bright eyes, burning like fire Bright eyes, how can you close and fail? How can the light that burned so…

Who’ll be the next jihadi-jackpot winner?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Reading the news this week of Jihadi Jack (née Letts, of Oxfordshire) having his UK passport withdrawn, my mind went…

What to do about the returning jihadis

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In normal times, the reported return of 400 Isis fighters to Britain would be the biggest story out there. But…

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…

Portrait of the week

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Home The government published a Treasury analysis warning that an exit from the EU would plunge Britain into a year-long…

True or false? The Temple of Bel, Palmyra, before and after its destruction at the hands of Islamic State

Why confront the ugly lie of Islamic State with a tacky fake?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

There is fakery in the air. And maybe the French are done with deconstruction. A drone operated by a French…

What do all these evil maniacs have in common?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

More bad publicity for the Islamic State’s ‘Kafir Tiny Tots and Babycare Service’. A burka-clad madwoman wandering through the streets…

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…

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…

Portrait of the Week

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Home Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, prepared a paper on the four areas of concern between Britain…

Richard Branson at Davos (Photo: Getty)

Fraser Nelson's Davos diary

30 January 2016 9:00 am

For years, I’ve wondered why so many clever people go to Davos to discuss topics as meaningless as ‘the new…

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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…

Jeremy Corbyn and the hard left are wilfully blind to the evils of Islamist Nazis

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Many people watching Jeremy Corbyn’s interview on Marr last Sunday will have been shocked by his remarks about the need…

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…

Project Fear: how Cameron plans to scare us into staying in the EU

16 January 2016 9:00 am

The negotiations may be ongoing, but David Cameron has given up waiting for the outcome of his talks with the…

Portrait of the week

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, decided to allow ministers to campaign for either side in the referendum on membership…

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…

Did my taunt push the new ‘Jihadi John’ to join Isis?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Even if Abu Rumaysah does turn out to be the new ‘Jihadi John’, shown on video this week presiding over…

Voices from Benghazi: ‘We have lived through the worst five years’

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In their interview in the Christmas edition of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth asked the Prime Minister whether…

Portrait of the Year

12 December 2015 9:00 am

January David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that only electing the Conservatives could ‘save Britain’s economic recovery’. Labour unveiled a…

'The tide is turning': Justin Welby interviewed by Michael Gove

12 December 2015 9:00 am

There was, of course, something very special about the House of Commons debate on Syria earlier this month. The moral…

Two socialist triumphs (one of them for Marine Le Pen)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

What a pleasure it was to see two socialist parties triumph in the most recent elections. First, Labour increased its…

Spectator Christmas letters: from Daesh to zakuski

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Just call them Daesh Sir: I was interested to read Sam Leith’s article in which he appears to argue that…