Assad

The Spectator Podcast: Trump’s peace plan

19 July 2018 16:30

Earlier this week, Trump met Putin. But beneath the outcry against Trump’s press conference, a peace plan for Syria was…

The West’s defeat in Syria is complete

10 April 2018 11:02

The Syrian civil war is in its endgame, and the ‘political solution’ that the leaders of the Western democracy talk…

Labour spokesperson’s very curious Syria statement

8 April 2018 23:05

The UN Security Council will meet on Monday to discuss a suspected chemical attack in Syria on the rebel-held town of Douma.…

Syria used to be Putin’s great asset. Now, it’s a huge liability

17 April 2017 10:00

For Vladimir Putin, Syria has been the gift that kept on giving. His 2015 military intervention propelled Russia back to…

Our message to Assad: kill a lot more of your people, but nicely. And please spin it out

15 April 2017 8:30

Let me take this opportunity to join with our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in commending President Trump’s swift and…

What the papers say: Did Boris bungle his first big test?

12 April 2017 8:52

Boris Johnson fell flat on his face at yesterday’s G7 summit. Having called for tougher sanctions against Russia to punish…

The G7 proves too weak to hold Putin to account

11 April 2017 12:28

The G7 has failed to agree on any new sanctions on Russia following the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons…

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…

It’s time to judge Assad’s Aleppo campaign by the standards that we set ourselves in Mosul

14 December 2016 8:33

For the past few weeks, British newspapers have been informing their readers about two contrasting battles in the killing grounds…

What’s the plan in Syria? Yesterday’s debate gave us few answers

3 December 2015 11:22

David Cameron may now have his bombing mandate, but he still has no strategy. The PM’s ‘hope for the best’…

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help – or can it?

24 October 2014 18:05

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help. Well, at least that was the motion put forward on…

Winter is coming – the other terror stalking Iraqi Kurds

19 October 2014 11:51

The heroic Kurdish resistance in Kobane rightly commands headlines. A larger disaster, however, looms in Iraqi Kurdistan where – absent…

Your enemy’s enemy is not your friend

11 October 2014 13:40

The United States faces a very difficult task in Syria. It is trying to use air raids to contain and…

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…

Syria’s humanitarian crisis must be addressed by Turkey

16 January 2014 17:38

On Tuesday morning, Turkish police in the border cities of Kilis and Gaziantep arrested 25 people on suspicion of aiding…

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…

‘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…

Syria: Assad’s axis of evil

14 June 2013 11:00

A few days ago in northern Aleppo, 14-year-old Mohammad Qataa was shot dead by armed fighters who accused him of…

A member of the Free Syrian Army holds a burning portrait of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Picture: Getty

Spectator debate: Assad is a war criminal — the West must intervene in Syria

27 May 2013 18:31

With further reports today that Bashar Assad is deploying chemical weapons in Syria, the prospect of intervention looms larger than…