Iraq

A mass grave and a refugee camp for Syrians – Iraqi Kurdistan teaches that military intervention can work

10 June 2013 17:16

Two experiences stand out from my recent visit to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq: meeting refugees fleeing Syria at the…

The Chilcot Inquiry is a pointless endeavour. Tony Blair’s critics will never be satisfied.

30 May 2013 12:47

I never really saw the point of the Chilcot Inquiry and nothing that has happened in the years since it…

The Rehabilitation of George W Bush: A Sisyphean Task

25 April 2013 11:20

Freddy Gray is quite correct: the drive to rehabilitate George W Bush is suspicious. It is also a dog that…

Fobbit by David Abrams – review

10 April 2013 9:58

Fobbit, by David Abrams, is an attempt at describing a wartime tour from different perspectives, including soldiers and support personnel.…

Zero Six Bravo proves that too much secrecy over Special Forces is a bad thing

3 April 2013 9:30

Zero Six Bravo tells of 60 Special Forces operators forced to remain silent in the face of accusations of ‘cowardice’…

The spy who went into the fold?

7 March 2013 15:00

What are the Times trying to say about noted Spectator fan and new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby? They have…

The Iraq fury still burns, fuelled by unanswered questions

5 March 2013 15:23

I was fascinated to read the reaction to Nick Cohen’s article expressing his view that after 10 years he still…

Craig Raine: Fiction is franker

20 February 2013 10:17

Issue 39 of Areté starts with the words “MEMOIR ISSUE” on the front cover. It is dedicated to writing which…

15 February 2003: What Do They Want? Victory for Saddam

15 February 2013 16:05

Ten years ago today, Lloyd Evans joined the anti-Iraq war march in London. Evans had an open mind about the…

Thousands of people march along the Embankment towards Hyde Park as they participate in an antiwar protest march February 15, 2003. Picture: Getty

What if the stop the war protesters had got their way?

15 February 2013 11:39

It’s the 10th anniversary of the Stop the War protest today, which led me to think about a point Christopher…

The Iraq War's Real Victims? Laurie Penny and the Narcissistic Left

14 February 2013 16:18

Don’t take my word for it. Ask the redoubtable Ms Penny herself. Contemplating the “lesson” of the anti-war protests a…

War is not to be envied

11 February 2013 13:09

Donald Anderson is a former US Air Force Colonel and current professor of English Literature at the US Air Force…

If Barack Obama is an isolationist then isolationism no longer has any meaning - Spectator Blogs

22 January 2013 18:18

Con Coughlin suggests Barack Obama has “given up” fighting al-Qaeda which, frankly, is a curious assessment given the ongoing drone…

Cabinet row over imprisoned SAS soldier

20 November 2012 14:55

A lunchtime spat has broken out over Sergeant Danny Nightingale, the SAS serviceman who was sentenced to 18 months in…

Annals of Neoconservative Delusion: Leaving Iraq Edition - Spectator Blogs

14 November 2012 14:33

Douglas Murray’s latest post is a rum ‘un indeed. He asks us to believe that Barack Obama’s “foreign policy boasts”…

Barack Obama’s foreign policy boast unravels after election

14 November 2012 12:02

What a lot of things President Obama seems to have been holding back until after his re-election. Each day brings…

David Petraeus quits as CIA director over affair

10 November 2012 8:45

Few people have been more important in America’s recent wars than David Petraeus. Petraeus led the surge of US forces…

‘Arab Spring’ is a misnomer

12 October 2012 16:58

What do you do when confronted with a prejudice so strong it takes your breath away? In my case, I…

How should we mark the Great War’s centenary?

11 October 2012 11:34

It seems strange now to recall that, it was not so many years ago, around the time of the millennium,…

Iraq and the BBC revisited

1 October 2012 10:12

Just finished reading a book by Kevin Marsh, the editor of the Today programme at the time of the whole…