Al Qaeda

By focusing on Assad’s grim regime, MPs are ignoring a greater evil

14 December 2016 14:46

Well, is it our fault? George Osborne has repeated his claim, which he has made already, that the situation in…

Shaker Aamer, Guantanamo and the questions that won’t be asked

30 October 2015 15:35

A nation rejoices! After a campaign waged from the political right and left, the UK can now finally welcome back…

Podcast: working with al-Qa’eda and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

16 July 2015 9:06

How has al-Qa’eda become the ‘moderate’ option in the Middle East? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Ahmed Rashid and Douglas Murray discuss…

Did Yemen’s intelligence service collude with Al Qaeda?

4 June 2015 17:53

Al Qaeda terrorists have never had good press. For sound reasons they are always represented as evil, nihilistic, faceless murderers.…

Why wasn’t the head of Hamas properly cross-examined during his BBC interview?

10 April 2015 13:26

When journalists have the much sought after opportunity to interview the heads of states and organisations with appalling human rights…

Will Gordon Brown’s critics finally admit he was right about al-Qaeda’s ‘major terrorist plot’?

9 March 2015 13:48

There are not many things to celebrate about Gordon Brown’s time in office. He was a vilified leader; often quite…

MI5 didn’t make Jihadi John; he made himself

27 February 2015 13:45

Poor Mohammed Emwazi. One day he’s your average ‘beautiful’ young man, nose buried in his computer studies books, looking for…

Why the apologists for the Islamist far right must make Jihadi John a victim

27 February 2015 13:07

Islamic State allows its adherents to be both cultists and psychopaths: an L. Ron Hubbard and a Fred West rolled…

Why Islamic State will be defeated more easily than al Qaeda

16 February 2015 17:45

One consequence of Islamic State’s barbarity is that we know relatively little about it. This is what makes Graeme Wood’s…

Is torture acceptable if it helps save thousands of lives?

14 December 2014 11:20

This week’s Senate Report on the CIA hasn’t settled the question of torture once and for all, as Bruce Anderson…

A brief history of biker gangs at war – Islamofascist Iraq edition

15 October 2014 8:21

America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.…

Isis on social media

20 June 2014 15:51

Yesterday evening, I returned home, made a cup of tea and slumped down to catch up on the day’s news.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Thanks to Syria, global jihad is experiencing a revival

20 January 2014 12:30

The arrest of two men last week on terrorism charges relating to Syria reveals just how serious the issue of…

Who is optimistic about the Middle East now?

3 August 2013 14:23

This weekend’s closing of US embassies in the Muslim world and the British embassy in Yemen combined with the warning…

‘Jihad!’

19 June 2013 15:32

I don’t think, so far as I can remember, that I have ever previously found any sympathy with the sayings…

Cameron wants to change the military balance in Syria, but how do you do that without arming the Islamists?

16 June 2013 18:20

David Cameron and Vladimir Putin have just concluded their pre G8 talks, the main topic of which was Syria. Cameron…

William Hague led this afternoon's Commons debate on Europe. Picture: Getty

Does William Hague know what he is doing with Syria?

31 May 2013 11:16

A week or so after the murder of a British soldier by two psychopathic savages in Woolwich, the Foreign Secretary…

Syrian rebels pledge allegiance to al-Qaeda, but promise to behave

11 April 2013 8:49

This, from the BBC – just in case any further evidence were needed. ‘The leader of the al-Nusra Front, a…

Drones save lives

8 March 2013 11:51

‘Drones save lives’ is the title of my piece in this morning’s Wall Street Journal. President Obama is currently receiving…

No, Barack Obama has not declared an end to the War on Terror - Spectator Blogs

13 February 2013 17:18

I see that Con Coughlin is at it again. Apparently, you see, Barack Obama has “taken leave of reality”. How so?…

The Americans accuse the French of being too ambitious in Mali as British involvement grows

26 January 2013 12:16

It might have been pushed down the news agenda this week by David Cameron’s Europe speech and the bad economic…