Syria

Farty, smelly and in love with Putin? You must be middle-aged

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There are things that happen when you grow older — bad things, harbingers of death and decay. Past the age of…

Putin’s winning in Syria – but making a powerful new enemy

20 February 2016 9:00 am

In Syria, the Russian leader is on the verge of his biggest – and riskiest – coup yet

Britain’s determination to kill itself makes my blood boil

20 February 2016 9:00 am

   Gstaad The locals here in the beautiful Saanen valley are split over the migrant crisis. Switzerland does not belong…

Aleppo Notebook: the city’s terrorist besiegers will now be besieged

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I had been trying to get to Aleppo for ages, but was unable to do so because rebel activity had…

What to do about Syria – the view from 1916

6 February 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The future of Syria’, The Spectator, 5 February 1916: We say with all the emphasis at our command, and…

On Europe, Iraq and Syria why can’t our politicians just tell the truth?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It has been over a month since Parliament voted to bomb Isis in Syria, yet in that time there have…

The truth about Islamic State: it's in crisis

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Disillusioned Islamic State recruits are deserting the bloodthirsty terror group as it loses territory

'The tide is turning': Justin Welby interviewed by Michael Gove

12 December 2015 9:00 am

An interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

Radio is flowering because it’s so much more potent than TV

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Who would have thought in this visually obsessed age of YouTube, selfies and Instagram that radio, pure audio, no images…

After Jeremy Corbyn’s Syria shambles, step forward Major Dan Jarvis . . . the new Labour-saving device

5 December 2015 9:00 am

It makes no sense for Britain to bomb Islamic State in Iraq but not Syria. Attacking a group that does…

Silent strongman Sergey Shoigu is the real force behind Russia’s military aggression

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Sergey Shoigu is the real force behind Putin’s military aggression

It is time to join the fight against IS in Syria

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The Islamic State is as monstrous an enemy as we have seen in recent history. It crucifies and decapitates its…

The pretend war: why bombing Isil won't solve the problem

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Britain, France and America are in a protracted fight against Islamic radicalism. Pity our leaders have no idea how to win it

Angela Merkel, Barack Obama and David Cameron attend a meeting during the G20 Summit in Antalya, on November 16, 2015 (Photo: Getty)

How to defeat Isis, by a retired British commander

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Military action against Isis needs a coherent strategy, says a former senior commander in the British army

What Muslims think

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Polls suggesting that they sympathise with terrorists are misleading

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Get ready: these climate change talks might actually do something

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales is right, and I appreciate that this isn’t something people say very often. Now and again,…

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In defence of Jeremy Corbyn

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The Labour leader’s line on Syria is more principled and more forward-looking than the Prime Minister’s

The Jodrell Bank Observatory (Photo: Getty)

You can’t forget what Will Self says - even if you wish you could

28 November 2015 9:00 am

It lasted for just a few seconds but was such a graphic illustration of the statistics behind the bombing campaign…

Obama's weakness has helped Putin – and Isis

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The principal strategic objective in the war on terror has been a failure. Ever since 9/11, the aim has been…

Portrait of the week

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Home After the killings in Paris, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that seven terrorist attacks on Britain had been…

How Lebanon is coping with more than a million Syrian refugees

14 November 2015 9:00 am

How tiny Lebanon copes with an unstoppable flow of Syrian refugees

Portrait of the week

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, outlined four changes he sought in Britain’s membership of the EU. He wanted to…

Islamic State is making its threats a reality

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Isis could be on the brink of creating a terrifying new world order

A Commons consensus on bombing Syria is further away than ever

7 November 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron doesn’t do regret. It is not in his nature to sit and fret about decisions that he has…

Britain’s armed forces no longer have the resources for a major war

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Our armed forces have been cut too far to fight a meaningful war – and the coming defence review looks unlikely to change that