Syria

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The Syria debate has become dangerously partisan

30 November 2016 13:52

The collective hysteria about the impending fall of eastern Aleppo to government forces strikes me as understandable and laudable only…

We’re too busy vilifying Putin and Russia to notice our own misdeeds

22 October 2016 15:42

I have been wondering these last few weeks whether it would be cheaper to excavate a basement and buy a…

Iraq’s endgame: The battle for Mosul

17 October 2016 8:11

At night, the temperature around the Islamic State-held city of Mosul drops to around 80°F. At the Bashiqa front line,…

Let’s not forget that Russia is still the lesser evil in Syria

12 October 2016 12:52

It’s a funny feeling, I have to say, to find myself, again, on the same side as the Stop the…

Stop The War Coalition Protest Against Air Strikes In Syria

Stop the War stay away from the Russian embassy – ‘we won’t contribute to the jingoism and hysteria’

12 October 2016 10:00

Although little was agreed upon in yesterday’s debate on Aleppo with regards to a no-fly zone, one thing the Foreign…

Morten Morland's depiction of the Syrian crisis as a Guernica, the cover image of the current Spectator. Andrew Mitchell drew the same analogy in the Commons today

Aleppo, what can be done?

11 October 2016 17:17

There was a sombre mood in the chamber this afternoon as MPs gathered to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis in…

Speakers Rally To Commemorate The 80th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Cable Street

Jeremy Corbyn in the firing line over Russia at PLP meeting

10 October 2016 21:41

Although Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman described tonight’s meeting of the PLP as barely registering on the Richter scale in terms of…

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The Spectator podcast: Syrian nightmare

6 October 2016 10:35

The Syrian initiative to retake the last remaining rebel stronghold of Aleppo, following a two week ceasefire, has proved controversial…

Operation "Euphrates Shield" against Daesh

After years of desperation, at last there is a glimmer of hope in Syria

10 September 2016 10:29

Sat on the dusty ground with the heat of the sun beating down on her, Nur looked exhausted. Arms wrapped…

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A French mayor’s defence of the burkini ban

5 September 2016 13:38

Béziers’s mayor Robert Ménard is adamant that France’s highest court has got it wrong. ‘The burkini should be banned, it’s a…

France’s Calais threats are a recipe for more human misery

30 August 2016 13:40

French politicians have been busying themselves recently offering solutions to Calais’s crowded ‘jungle’ camp – and it’s good news that the…

The Spectator Podcast: Marriage for one

27 August 2016 9:58

An increasing number of women are entering into the institution of marriage with their dream partner: themselves. In her cover…

The Spectator Podcast: Marriage for one

25 August 2016 8:14

An increasing number of women are entering into the institution of marriage with their dream partner: themselves. In her cover…

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The Spectator podcast: The real hate crime scandal

6 August 2016 10:00

Since the vote for Brexit, the media has fallen over itself to cover the apparently large upswing in the number…

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The Spectator podcast: The real hate crime scandal

4 August 2016 9:04

Since the vote for Brexit, the media has fallen over itself to cover the apparently large upswing in the number…

An image which appeared online purporting to show burning wreckage from the Russian helicopter (Photo: Reuters)

Who should we support in Syria’s brutal civil war?

1 August 2016 14:52

Today, Syrian rebels in Idlib shot down a Russian helicopter; five Russians were killed and footage from the site shows…

Germany comes under attack again

25 July 2016 10:44

For the third time in a week, Germany has come under attack. On this occasion, a Syrian asylum seeker blew…

Moscow residents commemorate Nice terror attack victims

After the Nice attack, Michel Houllebecq’s nightmare vision edges closer

15 July 2016 15:33

I only got around to reading Michel Houellebecq’s Submission last month, a darkly amusing book about how France destabilises as…

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Syria’s foreign policy lessons are just as important as Iraq’s

9 July 2016 8:00

Before she was murdered, Jo Cox MP had written most of a report. She worked on it jointly it with…

A Syrian rebel fighter smokes a cigarette in the rebel-controlled area of Arbeen, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus (Photo: Getty)

The UN’s warning to Syrian smokers is beyond parody

14 June 2016 17:01

You really can’t make this stuff up. With hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions fleeing for their lives,…

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,…

Captagon pills seized in Damascus in January (Photo: Getty)

‘You even stop thinking of your own family’: meet the Isis fighters addicted to amphetamine

1 April 2016 17:49

‘We would fight them, slaughter them,’ Aadheen told me. ‘The moment we take a pill we would stop thinking about…

The Spectator Podcast: Putin’s Endgame in Syria

18 February 2016 12:18

In this week’s issue, Owen Matthews discusses Vladimir Putin’s endgame in Syria. He says Russia’s bombing of Aleppo this week…

EU officials find that most of the ‘refugees’ are not refugees. What a mess

30 January 2016 12:03

Even EU officials are now finally admitting that a lot – or, rather, most – of the people we have…

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Our leaders should read history books – but not just ones about the Nazis

28 January 2016 17:31

If I was in charge of the Home Office I’d employ someone whose sole area of expertise was Hitler’s Germany and…