Iraq

My enemy’s enemy: Philip Hammond on Isis and Assad

20 August 2014 9:15

Philip Hammond made quite clear on the Today programme that this government is ‘utterly opposed’ to everything that Isis stands…

Britain abandons foreign policy. And abandons debates about foreign policy too.

19 August 2014 16:10

Cynics have long suspected that Britain’s foreign policy is as independent as its nuclear deterrent. Cynics have a point. Perhaps,…

Video: Does Cameron have an Iraq policy? Or is he just making it up?

18 August 2014 15:43

The Prime Minister has returned from his holidays, and yesterday wrote an intriguing piece in the Sunday Telegraph about the ongoing…

Philip Hammond: No plans to engage in airstrikes

18 August 2014 14:52

So Britain’s long-term fight against Isis isn’t, at the moment, going to involve this country doing any fighting. The Prime…

David Cameron: Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq

18 August 2014 9:10

That there are just two weeks now until MPs return from summer recess to discuss Britain’s response to the events…

What are David Cameron’s plans for the fight against Isis?

17 August 2014 15:01

David Cameron warns today that Britain must act against Isis in order to prevent terrorist attacks on this country. But…

When should Britain go to war?

17 August 2014 10:42

There’s been a lot written this week about whether or not to fight the Islamic State in Iraq. This time…

Vice News and Isis have formed a bizarre symbiotic relationship

15 August 2014 11:00

If you haven’t watched Vice News’s five-part documentary about Isis yet, I’d highly recommend it. They’ve gone where no other media…

Obama: ‘We broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar’

14 August 2014 19:03

When President Obama finally turned up to his press conference on Iraq and the situation in Missouri, he made quite clear…

Inaction is easy; action is harder but needed now

14 August 2014 13:16

It’s easier to oppose than propose war. The conflict between Israel and Hamas inspired #NotInMyName on Twitter, and opposition to…

Podcast: Iraq War III, the cult of Richard Dawkins and the moaning middle class

14 August 2014 12:24

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has extended its hold from eastern Syria into western and northern Iraq, massacring…

Don’t listen to the hawks — the west should leave Iraq alone

13 August 2014 19:31

This is a preview from this week’s Spectator, available tomorrow: Peering down from the Olympian heights of the New York Times, the…

Westminster plays recall tennis

13 August 2014 16:47

Now that David Cameron has returned from his Portuguese fish-shopping exploits, the game of recall tennis that Westminster has been…

When it comes to jihad porn, abstinence is best

13 August 2014 15:27

This feature is a preview from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: I am sure we’re all in agreement that watching…

We may not think ourselves at war with ISIS but they are pretty sure they are at war with us.

12 August 2014 15:26

John McTernan’s column in today’s Telegraph about Kurdistan – and our, that is the West’s, debt of honour to the…

‘These people want a holocaust’: pressure grows on PM for recall over Iraq

12 August 2014 13:12

Downing Street remains resolute that there will not be a recall of Parliament over the situation in Iraq. But Conor…

A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is…

Obama’s intervention in Iraq proves that religion really is the new politics

11 August 2014 17:45

Today we are witnessing the extraordinary – and long overdue – spectacle of an American president intervening in Iraq to…

Britain’s military involvement in Iraq is becoming increasingly confusing

11 August 2014 17:18

What is the extent of British involvement in Iraq? Philip Hammond today said it was simply to provide humanitarian assistance,…

Louise Mensch fat shames ISIS’s leader

11 August 2014 16:58

After Obama sanctioned attacks on ISIS over the weekend, a new hashtag began to trend on Twitter  – #AmessagefromISIStoUS. Via…

Video: Should Parliament be recalled over Iraq and ISIS?

11 August 2014 13:29

Neither Obama nor Cameron seem ready to return from their holidays to debate how best to respond to the events…

Opinion polls should be the last thing on MPs’ minds now

11 August 2014 8:54

There was a revealing moment on the Today programme this morning when Lord Dannatt was asked whether he accepted that…

Nato has a choice: stop ISIS or witness another genocide

8 August 2014 17:09

What we are witnessing in Northern Iraq today is the unwinding of lives. Where once they were blurred, intertwined and interdependent, now they…

Anti-Semitism in Britain makes me feel ashamed

8 August 2014 14:40

As silly seasons go, this August has been pretty rubbish, I have to say. Iraq heads the list of gloomy…

What will Britain do to help the Yazidis? And will MPs get a say?

8 August 2014 14:29

After President Obama announced air strikes against Isis and humanitarian aid drops to the Yazidis, British ministers have been clarifying…