Iraq

Can Iraq’s Christians ever recover from Isis?

14 April 2017 9:00

Since June 2014, when Islamic State attacked northern Iraq, the desks at Mar Ephrem seminary in Hamdaniya, a city 18 miles southeast of…

Persecuted Iraqi Christians ‘supported Trump 100 per cent’ because they felt betrayed by Obama

27 March 2017 14:02

There’s an extraordinary moment in this week’s Holy Smoke podcast when the aid official supervising the resettlement of 12,000 Iraqi…

The Spectator podcast: Isis’s last stand

16 February 2017 11:28

On this week’s podcast, we discuss what the end of Isis means for a fragile Middle East, debate whether John Bercow…

John Bercow consistently voted for the Iraq war. He’s a colossal hypocrite, not a hero

7 February 2017 13:11

The Twitter-cheering for John Bercow, the transformation of him into a Love, Actually-style hero of British middle-class probity against a…

‘British values’ are a load of old codswallop

7 December 2016 14:10

Sometimes a combination of news stories crop up that so perfectly sum up the spirit of the age, its absurdities…

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…

The battle for Mosul could create another refugee exodus

18 October 2016 13:00

As the sun set over the frontline in northern Iraq on the first day of the long anticipated Mosul offensive,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Was ‘the deadly Mail’ right after all on Iraq, Michael Gove?

6 July 2016 13:29

Last week the Daily Mail endorsed Theresa May as the next Tory leader. The declaration took many by surprise as not…

The Chilcot report has exposed Blair’s real crime: failure to prepare

6 July 2016 12:00

‘If it falls apart, everything falls apart in the region’ Note from Tony Blair to George W Bush, 2 June…

How the UK messed up Iraq: what the Chilcot Inquiry says about post-conflict planning

6 July 2016 11:36

The Iraq Inquiry dismisses claims that the aftermath of the invasion could not have been foreseen. It describes the planning…

Iraq Inquiry: Key points from Sir John Chilcot’s statement

6 July 2016 11:35

Should the UK have gone to war in Iraq? Did it have the necessary legal basis and intelligence to do…

Sir John Chilcot’s full statement introducing the Iraq War inquiry report

6 July 2016 11:32

We were appointed to consider the UK’s policy on Iraq from 2001 to 2009, and to identify lessons for the…

As Basra slid towards hell, Blair looked the other way

6 July 2016 10:09

There has always been a faction of the Labour party that wanted Tony Blair in the dock for the Iraq…

At last! The Chilcot Report into the Iraq war will be published

9 May 2016 17:39

At last. We now know that the long-awaited Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war will be published on July…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…