Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga show what they say is a mass grave of more than 50 Yazidis killed by Isis in Sinjar. (Photo: Getty)

A genocide is underway in Iraq and Syria. Why won’t the government recognise this?

20 April 2016 11:02

Later today the House of Commons will vote upon a motion expressing belief that a genocide is underway against Christians,…

G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

The EU has become a victim of Obama’s Middle East policy

15 April 2016 10:12

A Middle Eastern friend put to me the other day a point so big that I felt silly for not…

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Alastair Campbell is confronted by his namesake: ‘have you got any idea what my life has been like?’

11 March 2016 18:20

Although Alastair Campbell no longer works in politics, he remains a divisive figure in Westminster thanks to the reputation he…

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Anyone who joins Isis should be tried for treason

28 January 2016 16:26

Fifteen months ago Philip Hammond talked about treason. In an exchange with Conservative backbencher Philip Hollobone in the House of…

An Iraqi Sunni fighter after clashes with Isis in Diyala province (Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty)

I used to mock non-interventionists like Corbyn, but events have proved them right

7 December 2015 12:25

I hate to say it, but Jeremy Corbyn is right where I have been wrong. Corbyn’s protest that the Syrian…

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Our policy towards Islamic State makes no sense

6 November 2015 13:24

If Islamic State is a threat to Britain that requires a military response, then surely we should be attacking it…

Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, who were both killed by British drone strikes in Syria

Was Reyaad Khan killed because of a threat to Britain or to Iraq?

14 September 2015 16:54

Was the drone strike that killed Reyaad Khan authorised because he posed a threat to Britain, or because he posed…

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The Foreign Office’s anti-Isis video may be inept but at least it’s a start

10 September 2015 15:34

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is taking the fight against Isis online. @UKAgainstISIL, a new Twitter account operated by the FCO, is…

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It’s easy to say that Aylan Kurdi died due to our lack of compassion. But the reality is far more complicated

6 September 2015 21:00

Just a thought: what if Aylan Kurdi, the poor drowned three year old child whose picture changed Europe – we…

John Chilcot, the Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, outlines the terms of reference for the inquiry and explains the panel's approach to its work during a news conference in London, on July 30, 2009.

Chilcot resists pressure from MPs to speed up the Iraq Inquiry

26 August 2015 16:06

Sir John Chilcot doesn’t seem all that bothered by the threats of censure from politicians over his lengthy Iraq Inquiry.…

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Corbyn’s remarks on Iraq and Isis are a preview of the fireworks to come if he wins

21 August 2015 9:14

Tories are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership contest. Two stories…

Michael Fallon speaks to the media after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with New Zealand Minister of Defence, Gerry Brownlee on May 29, 2015

Michael Fallon: ‘Iraqi forces are slowly but surely beginning to push ISIL back’

4 August 2015 8:55

Is the government set to bring bombing Islamic State terrorists in Syria before the Commons soon? The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon…

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

The hatred directed at Tony Blair shows just how big Labour’s problem has become

23 July 2015 8:16

I know that the comments beneath online newspaper pieces aren’t exactly where you go if you want sane, balanced opinion,…

Syrian schoolgirls on their way to school (Photo: Zein Al-Rifal/Getty)

We’ve always messed up the Middle East. Let’s stay out, for once

21 July 2015 17:55

I suppose I should cease carping. We got a Blue Labour budget (except for the ludicrous stuff on inheritance tax),…

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Keep the cops away from the radical clerics, be they Christian or Muslim

15 July 2015 13:40

If you want to see our grievance-ridden, huckster-driven future, looks to Northern Ireland, which has always been a world leader…

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When will George Osborne commission a war memorial for soldiers?

5 July 2015 15:58

We learn today that George Osborne will say in his Budget that he’s using the fines he’s collected from bankers…

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Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials…

A mass is held in Erbil (Photo: Safin Hamed/Getty)

The Christian communities helping to heal Iraq’s wounds

2 June 2015 17:22

Iraq remains a dangerous and difficult place for everyone there but especially for its religious and ethnic minorities.  Assassinations, kidnappings…

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Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East…

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on April 3, 2015 (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty)

The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent…

The Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, where Islamic State fighters have launched an offensive (Photo: Getty)

Don’t expect to hear anything about Islamic State during the election campaign

7 April 2015 15:50

Granted, you don’t really expect foreign policy to feature much in an election campaign – we’re not saints – but…

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The last thing Yemen needs is more war. But that is what it’s getting

1 April 2015 17:36

After years of hearing how terrible Western interventions are in the Middle East (Exhibits A, B and C the fiascos…

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

The Labour party loves to hate Tony Blair

11 March 2015 11:42

I’ve met people at political events who seem otherwise normal, and then Tony Blair’s name is mentioned and their eyes light…

Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here…

Members of the Iraqi security forces  head towards the al-Dawr area south of Tikrit to launch an assault against the Islamic State (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Getty)

The assault on IS-held Tikrit could trigger sectarian war in the region

3 March 2015 15:55

The Iraqi military’s attempt to retake Tikrit from Islamic State tells us several things about the current politics of the…