Bashar al-Assad

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…

Is the West ever going to stand up to Vladimir Putin?

21 January 2016 15:59

If you walk down Holland Park Avenue, down the hill to Shepherd’s Bush, you’ll come across a statue wreathed with…

‘National security’ has become our main justification for war

2 December 2015 15:54

I’ve been in touch with Anisa for just over a year, ever since I met her in a dingy refugee compound…

Russia’s dramatic new policy towards Assad is very revealing

3 November 2015 17:36

Yesterday I argued that if it became clear that the Russian plane was brought down over Egypt by a bomb,…

The Russian plane crash could undermine Putin’s Syria strategy

2 November 2015 15:33

It now seems fairly likely that an explosion brought down the Russian passenger airline over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula over the weekend.…

Israel’s ‘neutral’ position towards Syria has created some strange bedfellows

26 October 2015 12:16

Over the weekend an Israeli-Arab flew from his home in the Jewish state on a paraglider, evading Israel’s formidable air…

The Vicar of Baghdad – ‘Israel is the most intelligent country in the world’

2 October 2015 12:49

‘We weren’t even at opposite ends of the table. Because he was in the eyes, and I was fighting over…

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…

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…

Assad is hoping Isis will make his regime look moderate. This is no accident

10 February 2015 11:48

Jeremy Bowen’s half-hour long interview with Bashar al-Assad is being heavily trailed by the BBC this morning.  And while it…

The Saudis are playing a clever game with oil supplies. Here’s how to understand it

6 January 2015 15:32

As oil prices continue to plummet, the rather sterile debate over Saudi intentions drags on. Some believe the Saudis are…

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 apologised to Assad – he had a point about those rebels

4 September 2014 18:00

I saw MPs Peter Hain and Andrew Mitchell agreeing with each other on Newsnight about the need, now, to talk…

No partnership with Assad (and no scrutiny till summer’s up)

22 August 2014 16:17

Philip Hammond this afternoon ruled out Britain working with President Assad in the fight against Isis, arguing that simply being…

Ukraine and Syria expose the West’s lack of appetite for protecting human rights

12 March 2014 11:59

‘We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.’ So…

Assad will go – the question is how much blood will be spilled

16 January 2014 12:23

As we approach next week’s Geneva II Conference, the desire of the majority of Syrians, the moderate majority, for a…

In London, John Kerry Promotes World’s Smallest Syrian Whirlwind

9 September 2013 12:25

There’s little need for people opposed to launching any kind of attack on Syria to expend much energy doing so…

On Syria, parliament has voted to have no policy at all.

30 August 2013 11:29

A muddle and a cock-up. For all the talk of parliament reasserting itself, last night’s vote on Syria showed a…

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…

George Galloway blames Israel for the use of chemical weapons in Syria

23 August 2013 9:58

Say this for George Galloway: every time you think he cannot sink any lower he finds new ways to surprise…