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An Iraqi Christian woman who lives outside Mosul  
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As Christians are massacred in Iraq, laid-back Obama maintains his shameful silence

19 July 2014 19:11

Christians in Mosul have been offered three choices by ISIS: 1. Convert to Islam. 2. Pay the ‘jizya’ tax that renders them dhimmis – i.e., second-class citizens granted limited protection… Continue reading

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Palestinian supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir silhouetted behind a banner bearing the Arabic word ‘caliphate’. Image: Getty

The eternal allure of the Caliphate

5 July 2014 10:12

There’s nothing like a caliphate to rally disparate groups. The Sunni Islamic organisation ISIS has recruited fighters from all over the world with its dream of a single Muslim state,… Continue reading

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Jihadists to Joe Bloggs: a ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ would mean everyone could be spied on

25 June 2014 11:29

Theresa May has suggested she may reignite plans for a ‘snoopers’ charter’, in order to provide intelligence services with greater surveillance powers.  She has called for new powers in order… Continue reading

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"I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China"

Liam Fox warns on security spending and on avoiding Iraq

22 June 2014 13:15

The Cabinet is split between doves and hawks on whether Britain should back US involvement in Iraq, but this morning Liam Fox argued on the Andrew Marr Show that whether… Continue reading

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Britain is not alone in its mad attitude to Islamism

21 June 2014 12:24

There is a tendency in Britain to think we are alone in our national madness. So I thought I would cheer everyone up on this lovely weekend by pointing out that… Continue reading

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Rebel fighters in Syria. Image: Getty

The Security Services have lost track of 1 in 4 of those who’ve gone to fight in Syria

20 June 2014 12:00

We have just had a second intelligence failure on Iraq. The speed and extent of ISIS’s sweep into the country took the UK governnment by surprise. Whitehall was not alone… Continue reading

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America and Britain could save Iraq’s Christians – it’s just they don’t care

20 June 2014 11:03

The Syro-Iraq war, as the firestorm should probably now be called, rages on, with the sword of Damocles hanging over us in Britain. Some 400 British Muslims are fighting with… Continue reading

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President Obama Delivers Statement On Situation In Iraq

Obama announces military advisers for Iraq

19 June 2014 19:06

President Obama has just announced that the US is prepared to launch strikes against ISIS in Iraq if the situation on the ground requires it. The US will send up to… Continue reading

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We need to know much more about ISIS’s ‘British’ jihadists

19 June 2014 13:15

The social media exchanges of British jihadis in Syria and Iraq, as just revealed, are perfectly riveting, don’t you think? Fancy worrying about things like where to leave your luggage… Continue reading

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Thanks to groups like ISIS, can we expect instability in Iraq for years to come? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Terror’s comeback kids and Steve Coogan, foe of press censorship?

19 June 2014 9:10

Why do Iraq’s jihadists keep on coming back? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Freddy Gray (1 min, 29 sec) examine why groups such as ISIS have… Continue reading

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Petraeus: America can’t serve as an air force for a Shi’ite militia

18 June 2014 17:16

If conservatives had an answer to Woodstock, it would resemble the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty held today by the Centre for Policy Studies. The lineup is stellar, and I’ve… Continue reading

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The Commons is finally talking about Iraq. Will anyone notice?

18 June 2014 13:36

PMQs last week took place just hours after Mosul had fallen to ISIS. But despite this, not a single MP asked Cameron what the government’s position on the situation in… Continue reading

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David Cameron visiting soliders in the Middle East. Photo: Getty Images.

Please David Cameron, no moral grandstanding over Iraq this time

17 June 2014 17:53

A preview of Mary Wakefield’s column in this week’s Spectator… If there’s a bright spot in the murky mess of Iraq, it’s that finally we have a war that it… Continue reading

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The Middle East’s own 30 Years War has just begun

17 June 2014 13:25

In January, Douglas Murray explained in The Spectator how relations in the Middle East were becoming increasingly tense. With northern Iraq now in turmoil, following the advance of Islamist militant… Continue reading

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Blair haunts foreign policy debate

16 June 2014 8:58

Whether or not the Iraq war was wise, it’s fair to say that it is now unwise for Tony Blair to intervene in the ongoing foreign policy debate. The former… Continue reading

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Kurdish Iraqi Peshmerga forces deploy outside Kirkuk (Image: MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images)

Now that Iraq really is threatened by jihadists, should we intervene?

12 June 2014 12:37

The war on terror has gone not necessarily to our advantage. For the second time in a dozen years the land of Abraham has been invaded by a partly-British army,… Continue reading

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Canon Andrew White holding a service at St George’s Baghdad in (slightly) happier times in 2007. (Photo by Muhannad Fala’ah /Getty Images).

A brave man in Iraq needs your help

11 June 2014 16:57

Canon Andrew White is one of the bravest men you could ever meet. He is the Anglican vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad and has continued his service in… Continue reading

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Iraqi soliders en route to Mosul. Image: Getty

Don’t mention the war: Iraq absent from PMQs

11 June 2014 13:44

If PMQs today was anything to go by, everything is so hunky-dory in Iraq that MPs needn’t discuss it at all. No-one raised it. Afterwards, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman… Continue reading

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Shangri-La Hotel Opens In The Shard

Does Boris Johnson really want to see Tony Blair tried for war crimes?

12 May 2014 17:55

What are we supposed to make of Boris Johnson? I mean, are we supposed to pay attention to what Boris actually says? Or is he permitted to play the game… Continue reading

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David Cameron should do more to stop the persecution of Christians. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Will David Cameron stand up for persecuted Christians?

18 April 2014 10:00

Last week, David Cameron surprised a number of people when, during a pre-Easter gathering at Downing Street, he spoke about religion. Not religion in general, the all-faiths-and-none diversity-speak of the… Continue reading

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The west has a choice: abandon Ukraine or punish Russia? It should choose the latter.

18 March 2014 14:47

An astonishing number of useless twits appear to think Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is somehow not Vladimir Putin’s fault. The poor Russia despot – no longer much too strong… Continue reading

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Injured Iraqi Christians wait outside a hospital after treatment following explosions near two Baghdad churches on 1 August 2004. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s refusal to defend Christians in the Middle East is shameful

11 December 2013 16:15

I have an ebook published next Thursday, called The Silence of Our Friends, on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and the apathy of the West about this… Continue reading

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Lord Leveson Publishes His Eagerly Awaited Report Into Press Standards

The Leveson Test – separating the ‘Decent Left’ from ‘the Idiots’

22 October 2013 14:18

If the Leveson Inquiry does nothing else, then it has at least provided a useful guide to the British Left for those of us on the saliva-speckled wastelands of British… Continue reading

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Hitting Assad – and hitting him hard – is urgent and necessary

29 August 2013 11:44

There has been lots of debate about our impending intervention in the Syrian conflict today. Many of my Coffee House colleagues have counselled against intervention, arguing against Danny Finkelstein’s piece… Continue reading

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Syria is not Iraq (but at least the Iraq War had a clear objective)

28 August 2013 15:47

A decade ago, I was sure that going to war in Iraq was the right thing to do. I persisted in that belief for a long time too, well beyond… Continue reading

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