Con Coughlin

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

Egyptian supporters of the deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi (back) clash with riot police in Cairo early on July 27, 2013. Mass rallies by supporters and opponents of Mohamed Morsi swept Egypt Friday, as the authorities formally detained the ousted Islamist president accusing him of conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit:STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood should have learnt from Nasser

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood should have learnt from Nasser

Bribe, Cut and Run: Britain's retreat from Afghanistan

16 March 2013 9:00 am

The withdrawal from Afghanistan will be one of the most daunting challenges ever undertaken by the British army

Black flags in Timbuktu

22 September 2012 9:00 am

No one wants to fight Al-Qa’eda in Mali

The defeatists

19 May 2012 3:00 pm

Nato’s leadership is now united in readiness to surrender Afghanistan

The cruellest spring

11 June 2011 12:00 am

Al-Qa’eda has begun to harness the Arab revolts

Obama’s war

21 May 2011 12:00 am

Cameron wants shot of Afghanistan

Blame the generals

16 October 2010 12:00 am

New Labour’s defence ministers are not the only ones responsible for military overspending

Cameron has given up on Afghanistan

31 July 2010 12:00 am

A fundamental shift has quietly taken place in Britain’s approach to Afghanistan: the focus is now on leaving, not winning. Con Coughlin asks if we are seeing the return of the politics of appeasement

Notes from a war zone

28 April 2010 12:00 am

When Winston Churchill, as a young cavalry officer, found himself fighting the fierce tribesmen who inhabited the imposing mountainous terrain that defined the Indian empire’s northern border, he provided a graphic account of the brutality of the enemy the British force encountered.

A special form of disrespect

18 November 2009 12:00 am

Barack Obama’s increasing disregard for Britain’s views is no way to treat an ally whose troops have fought side by side with America since September 11, says Con Coughlin

Whatever happened to Hillary?

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Wherever you look on the world stage, there is one notable absentee, says Con Coughlin. Has Mrs Clinton finally relinquished her political ambitions?

Iran will not unclench its fist, Mr President

4 February 2009 12:00 am

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Shah of Iran, Con Coughlin says that Iran’s rulers today are devoted to the same militant objectives that drove Ayatollah Khomeini

Don’t misunderestimate Bush’s record

14 January 2009 12:00 am

Con Coughlin bids farewell to the 43rd President and says that, for all the verbal muddle and ideological fixations, his achievements were substantial

Gordon Brown has a new plan to beat terror. This is what he should do

23 January 2008 12:00 am

The PM is about to unveil his comprehensive National Security Strategy. Con Coughlin says the best idea to import from America is not a National Security Council but a new Homeland Security Department with a minister of Cabinet rank

Musharraf may now be the last best hope of Pakistan

2 January 2008 12:00 am

Pervaiz Musharraf presides over a fearsomely chaotic and dangerous country, says Con Coughlin, but he is probably the only man who can save Pakistan from self-destruction

The big Russian bear just wants to be loved

7 November 2007 6:29 pm

The Kremlin is full of paranoia, not aggression

Meet the next Saddam – minus the torture

10 October 2007 4:23 pm

General Mohan al-Furayji, the Iraqi commander in Basra

A bittersweet birthday

18 March 2006 12:00 am

On 20 March, the Iraq conflict reaches its third anniversary. Con Coughlin defends the decision to invade, explores the impact of Blair on Bush’s second term — and reveals what Condoleezza Rice thinks of David Cameron