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Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Five main points from Michael Fallon’s hawkish interview in The Spectator

23 September 2014 17:57

James Forsyth interviews Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in this week’s Spectator. You can read the full interview here. Here are five key points from the piece: 1. A ‘new Battle… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Michael Fallon says UK should reconsider military action in Syria to combat ISIS

23 September 2014 14:01

The Ministry of Defence is like a sauna on Sunday. The air circulation system has been switched off and the place is hot—and deserted. Yet when you reach the Secretary… Continue reading

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Four-wheel-drives are to ISIS what longbows were to the English at Agincourt

12 September 2014 14:37

What exactly, I found myself wondering, would jihadists do without modern four-wheel-drives? Car ads are customarily shot on the French Riviera’s Grande Corniche or on a very particular road in… Continue reading

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Why is Britain arming countries that support terror in the Middle East?

9 September 2014 11:38

Why is the UK still supplying arms to those who helped fund the so-called Islamic State, and what leverage does it bring? In the Prime Minister’s statement to the House… Continue reading

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It’s time we apologised to Assad – he had a point about those rebels

4 September 2014 18:00

I saw MPs Peter Hain and Andrew Mitchell agreeing with each other on Newsnight about the need, now, to talk to President Assad, so that we might better combat the… Continue reading

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Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan

Support grows for British air strikes against Isis

4 September 2014 9:08

If there is a strategy buried under the ‘no strategy’ response by the US and the UK to Isis, it seems to be that David Cameron and Barack Obama have… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson is not fit to be leader of the Tory party, never mind Prime Minister

25 August 2014 10:10

Awkward, especially here, I know, but there you have it. But, look, if any other high-profile politician were suggesting the burden of proof in criminal trials should be switched from… Continue reading

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Prime Minister Returns To Downing Street From His Holiday

No partnership with Assad (and no scrutiny till summer’s up)

22 August 2014 16:17

Philip Hammond this afternoon ruled out Britain working with President Assad in the fight against Isis, arguing that simply being aligned against a common enemy ‘doesn’t make us friends with… Continue reading

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It’s time we contemplated the possibility of a post-conflict Kurdistan

21 August 2014 15:56

There’s a  curious aspect to the debate – or what passes for it – about Britain getting involved in military action against the Islamic State. Isabel Hardman put her finger… Continue reading

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Podcast: Britain’s jihad, the Pope vs the Vatican, and the existence of ‘The One’

21 August 2014 9:46

The murder of James Foley by an Isis fighter ‘with a London accent’ has been treated with understandable revulsion. But we shouldn’t be surprised, says Douglas Murray in his cover… Continue reading

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Britain’s beheaders – how we came to export jihad

20 August 2014 14:34

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form… Continue reading

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Breaking: David Cameron returns to Downing Street after journalist beheaded

20 August 2014 10:08

Downing Street has announced that David Cameron is returning to Westminster from his holiday. A Number 10 spokesperson said: ‘If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and… Continue reading

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My enemy’s enemy: Philip Hammond on Isis and Assad

20 August 2014 9:15

Philip Hammond made quite clear on the Today programme that this government is ‘utterly opposed’ to everything that Isis stands for: it’s difficult to say anything else when militants who… Continue reading

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Britain abandons foreign policy. And abandons debates about foreign policy too.

19 August 2014 16:10

Cynics have long suspected that Britain’s foreign policy is as independent as its nuclear deterrent. Cynics have a point. Perhaps, as some suggest, it’s time to concede the game’s a… Continue reading

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Video: Does Cameron have an Iraq policy? Or is he just making it up?

18 August 2014 15:43

The Prime Minister has returned from his holidays, and yesterday wrote an intriguing piece in the Sunday Telegraph about the ongoing struggles in Iraq and Syria. ‘True security will only be… Continue reading

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Philip Hammond: No plans to engage in airstrikes

18 August 2014 14:52

So Britain’s long-term fight against Isis isn’t, at the moment, going to involve this country doing any fighting. The Prime Minister this morning insisted that there would be no ‘boots… Continue reading

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David Cameron: Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq

18 August 2014 9:10

That there are just two weeks now until MPs return from summer recess to discuss Britain’s response to the events in Iraq, Palestine and Syria will give Downing Street some… Continue reading

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What are David Cameron’s plans for the fight against Isis?

17 August 2014 15:01

David Cameron warns today that Britain must act against Isis in order to prevent terrorist attacks on this country. But what does he actually intend to do? In his article… Continue reading

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When should Britain go to war?

17 August 2014 10:42

There’s been a lot written this week about whether or not to fight the Islamic State in Iraq. This time the consensus among Spectator writers is that Britain should. There’s… Continue reading

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Vice News and Isis have formed a bizarre symbiotic relationship

15 August 2014 11:00

If you haven’t watched Vice News’s five-part documentary about Isis yet, I’d highly recommend it. They’ve gone where no other media company has managed: into the heart of the Islamic State.… Continue reading

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Obama: ‘We broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar’

14 August 2014 19:03

When President Obama finally turned up to his press conference on Iraq and the situation in Missouri, he made quite clear that he does not intend to increase US involvement in the… Continue reading

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Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan

Inaction is easy; action is harder but needed now

14 August 2014 13:16

It’s easier to oppose than propose war. The conflict between Israel and Hamas inspired #NotInMyName on Twitter, and opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was spearheaded by the… Continue reading

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Podcast: Iraq War III, the cult of Richard Dawkins and the moaning middle class

14 August 2014 12:24

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has extended its hold from eastern Syria into western and northern Iraq, massacring Shi’ites, Christians and Yazidis wherever it can. But can we… Continue reading

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Don’t listen to the hawks — the west should leave Iraq alone

13 August 2014 19:31

This is a preview from this week’s Spectator, available tomorrow: Peering down from the Olympian heights of the New York Times, the columnist David Brooks writes that “We are now living in… Continue reading

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Cobra Meets To Discuss the Crisis In Iraq

Westminster plays recall tennis

13 August 2014 16:47

Now that David Cameron has returned from his Portuguese fish-shopping exploits, the game of recall tennis that Westminster has been playing for the past few days has stepped up a… Continue reading

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