Syria

We have a moral duty to mistrust the government on Syria

19 April 2018 7:52

Almost two years have passed since Sir John Chilcot produced his 12-volume report on the lessons of the Iraq war.…

Theresa May now has authority for further military action

18 April 2018 11:46

Aside from the need to act swiftly and with an element of surprise when striking Syria’s chemical weapons capability, it…

Windrush, Syria and the miserable state of British politics

18 April 2018 11:42

What a dismal week this has been for British politics. And it is still only Wednesday. The distinguishing feature of…

Whips struggle with emergency debate on Syria

17 April 2018 14:52

This afternoon’s emergency debate on Syria isn’t quite working out as anyone had really planned. For Labour, it was an…

How Theresa May could make future decisions on military action a little easier

16 April 2018 18:45

Though Theresa May, still responding to questions from MPs in the Commons on the weekend strikes in Syria, seems to…

Theresa May explains herself to parliament

16 April 2018 17:46

Theresa May came to the House today to explain why the UK joined in the strikes on Syria’s chemical weapons…

Jeremy Corbyn’s rationale for opposing the Syria strike is collapsing

15 April 2018 10:24

The Syria missile strike has been backed by the governments of Germany, Canada, New Zealand and more – but not…

Jeremy Corbyn will never give war a chance

14 April 2018 15:16

The best that can be said for Jeremy Corbyn’s response to air strikes against the Assad regime is that he is at…

Podcast: Will last night’s Syria strikes make any difference?

14 April 2018 11:46

The attack on Syria is now over, says the Pentagon – so where does this leave us? Last time 55…

What is Theresa May’s strategy in Syria?

14 April 2018 11:11

Happy now? The US-led air strikes against Syrian bases, notably chemical weapons storage facilities, near Damascus and Homs and reportedly…

Theresa May’s Syria strikes statement, full text

14 April 2018 10:02

Last night British, French and American armed forces conducted co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons…

Syria strike: the question for May is not ‘why’ but ‘what next’?

14 April 2018 8:40

Overnight, British, French and US forces took part in strikes against the Syrian regime as a punishment for the use…

Theresa May reveals her hawkish side

14 April 2018 8:30

So, what are strikes on Syria meant to achieve? Well, as I write in The Sun today, Boris Johnson was…

Theresa May is losing the PR battle on Syria

13 April 2018 18:29

After Theresa May’s Cabinet agreed on the ‘need to take action’ in Syria, it seems a matter of when, not…

Bombing Syria would be a grave mistake

13 April 2018 15:55

‘The whole of the Balkans,’ Otto von Bismarck said, ‘is not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier.’ He…

Why can’t Diane Abbott be honest about Labour’s Syria stance?

13 April 2018 10:01

Why can’t Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn be honest about Labour’s real stance on Syria? The shadow home secretary is…

Not all Tories are gung-ho for intervention in Syria

12 April 2018 18:35

As Theresa May meets with her Cabinet to discuss a possible response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria,…

Parliament got Syria right in 2013 – it deserves to vote again

12 April 2018 17:37

As I’ve said before, but it needs saying again because these people never stop — the let’s-bomb-Syria brigade has never…

President Erdogan’s Syrian dilemma

12 April 2018 15:56

Istanbul It is a bad time to have an ally on the fence. With US military action in Syria looking…

The Spectator Podcast: War Games

12 April 2018 14:40

In this week’s episode, we talk about the escalating situation in Syria and ask, would counter strikes actually help? We…

Syrians are paying a heavy price for the UN’s incompetence

12 April 2018 12:55

The United Nations Security Council has major responsibility in its job description: to maintain international peace and security. It is…

On foreign policy, Trump is far more like Obama than either would admit

11 April 2018 13:32

You could call it the John Bolton effect. The President’s new National Security Adviser has only been in the job…

Why May must back Trump on Syria

10 April 2018 14:20

It is inconceivable that Theresa May will refuse support to Macron’s France and Trump’s America in any military action –…

Donald Trump would be foolish to rush into the Syrian conflict

10 April 2018 13:44

Donald Trump has promised Syria’s bloody regime that it will pay a ‘big price’ for the chemical weapons attack in…

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…