Syria

European countries are now united by the war against Isis

4 December 2015 17:22

If anything positive comes out of the Syrian crisis, and I appreciate it’s like looking for silver linings in the Great…

Family values: Jeremy Corbyn’s brother takes a swipe at Hilary Benn – ‘a disgrace to his father’

4 December 2015 12:25

After Hilary Benn gave a passionate speech in favour of airstrikes, many on the left praised him for his words even…

Can ‘democratic’ bombs defeat ‘fascism’ in Syria? I have my doubts…

4 December 2015 10:11

Au contraire. Au contraire. I thought Hilary Benn’s speech was well delivered, but workmanlike in construction and told us nothing…

Forget Syria: a weak Greece endangers us all

3 December 2015 17:32

There is nothing waiting for people who leave school in Greece today. It does not matter how much young Greeks…

The more we bomb Isis, the stronger they become

3 December 2015 16:52

Isis can’t be seen as a single entity; as one cohesive army. The reality is that probably only a small…

Yesterday’s vote wasn’t about Syria’s war. It was about Labour’s

3 December 2015 11:48

Parliament is always in a way a comedy of vanity. Yesterday it was a narcissistic farce. Our elected representatives spent…

What’s the plan in Syria? Yesterday’s debate gave us few answers

3 December 2015 11:22

David Cameron may now have his bombing mandate, but he still has no strategy. The PM’s ‘hope for the best’…

Commons votes to bomb Islamic State in Syria

2 December 2015 22:54

British airstrikes against Islamic State will be extended to Syria after the House of Commons voted strongly in favour of…

Anybody who uses the phrase ‘Daesh’ is terminally deluded

2 December 2015 17:57

This is a relentlessly busy world, with so many people expressing so many different points of view. We become overwhelmed…

Airstrike debate sketch: terrorist sympathisers, anti-Semitism and a basket of old ribbons

2 December 2015 16:10

Bomb Syria. That was Cameron’s priority today as PMQs was sidelined in favour of the debate on airstrikes. His opponents’…

‘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…

While ‘Daesh’ prepare to fight, MPs debate how to hurt their feelings

2 December 2015 14:00

Today in the Commons the Tory backbencher Rehman Chishti asked: “Will the Prime Minister join me in urging the BBC…

Jeremy Corbyn gives his half of the Labour response to Syria

2 December 2015 13:38

By the time Jeremy Corbyn got to his feet in today’s debate on action in Syria, the House of Commons…

Why it’s time for Britain to join our allies in their fight against the Islamic State

2 December 2015 12:59

The Islamic State is as monstrous an enemy as that has emerged in recent history. It crucifies and decapitates its victims,…

There are two strong reasons why the UK should join Syrian airstrikes

2 December 2015 11:28

There is a war in Syria already. Islamic State’s headquarters in Raqqa are already being bombed on a regular basis.…

David Cameron will be kicking himself for calling Corbyn and co ‘terrorist sympathisers’

2 December 2015 8:43

Today’s debate and vote on airstrikes in Syria has already descended into name calling. At last night’s meeting of Conservative…

Corbyn has done enough damage to Labour. It’s time for him to step down

1 December 2015 18:29

Jeremy Corbyn is a rarity among politicians. All his enemies are on his own side. For the Tories, Ukip and…

For us Kurds, Western intervention is a lifeline

1 December 2015 18:06

In Kurdistan, we have had reason to be grateful for Western intervention. Last June, Daesh captured one third of Iraq…

Labour’s approach to the Syria vote is making a mockery of its MPs

1 December 2015 14:51

MPs are currently in a cross-party briefing with a number of Cabinet Ministers about tomorrow’s vote on Syria. The Home…

Government publishes Syria motion

1 December 2015 12:44

In the past few minutes, the government has published the following motion on action in Syria, which you can read…