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How refreshing to find the BBC doing its job instead of handwringing about Islamophobia

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Here’s the bad news. One day you or someone like you will be shopping in a mall or enjoying a…

Pakistan is winning its war on terror

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Over the past three years, Pakistan has seen an extraordinary reduction in violence

Why is it ok to bomb Mosul but not Aleppo?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

In Mosul, the West cheers for the government. In Aleppo, for the rebels. But they’re more alike than we care to admit

Syria’s warlords were nobodies. Now they are rich men with sex slaves

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Even as Islamic State falls back, the civil war is growingmore complex – and looking worse for the West

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

Why I’ve finally given up on the left

19 September 2015 9:00 am

I cannot be part of a movement run by half-educated fanatics

Meet the men taking up arms to protect the Middle East’s ancient treasures

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Syrians, Libyans and Malians are risking their lives to save ancient treasures from Islamists – with shamefully little help from us

Even Nazis weren’t quite sure how to do the Hitler salute

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Gesture politics A royal home movie from 1933 apparently showed the future Queen, aged seven, and her mother giving a…

Vespasian’s Middle East policy (it should be ours, too)

25 July 2015 9:00 am

As Ahmed Rashid argued last week, it is hard to see what the West is doing in the Middle East,…

The enemy's enemy: how Arab states have turned to al-Qa’eda

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Fear has driven the Arab states to support the West’s great enemy

Portrait of the week

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Talha Asmal, aged 17, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, died in a suicide bomb attack on forces near an oil…

Why Saudi Arabia is kicking back against the USA

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Why America’s once-cautious ally suddenly looks so skittish

Portrait of the week

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Home Launching the Conservative party manifesto, David Cameron, the party leader, told voters he wanted to ‘turn the good news…

Why does Isis slay hostages? To cover up the fact that it’s losing

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Isis slaughters kidnap victims because it guarantees headlines. It's better at slaughtering innocents than it is at winning wars

How Islamic State commanders squeeze their hostages for every penny

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Islamic State commanders know exactly how to extract the greatest possible profit from their hostages. Some care about little else

Jane Horrocks as the slovenly matriarch still fond of her bullying husband George (‘East is East’ playwright Ayub Khan Din, left)

Is London's West End Jewish enough for David Baddiel’s musical The Infidel?

25 October 2014 9:00 am

David Baddiel has turned his movie, The Infidel, into a musical. The set-up is so contrived and clumsy that it…

Why Jonathan Powell thinks we'll have to negotiate with al-Qa’eda

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Powell is best known as Tony Blair’s fixer. He was intimately involved with the Northern Ireland peace process, about…

The lesson of the young men fighting for Isis: evil is in all of us

6 September 2014 9:00 am

I had an interesting discussion with my friend Aidan Hartley earlier this week about whether the young men fighting for…

I like the look of this exciting new Islamic State. But why don’t they want Belgium?

5 July 2014 9:00 am

There is something attractive about almost the whole of southern Europe being part of an immense and somewhat rigorous caliphate,…

Please, Cameron – no moral grandstanding over Iraq

21 June 2014 8:00 am

If there’s a bright spot in the murky mess of Iraq, it’s that finally we have a war that it…

The new Iraq war

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Seven weeks ago, Barack Obama proclaimed that ‘it’s time to turn the page on more than a decade of war’.…

Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East's 30 year war

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Sunni vs Shia, Saudi Arabia vs Iran. A new great war has begun

A new Islamist alliance among Syria’s rebels has given Assad the enemy he wants

5 October 2013 9:00 am

A new Islamist alliance among Syria’s rebels leaves the West’s friends in the country weaker than ever

The Free Syrian Army is being taken over by groups of jihadist thugs

4 May 2013 9:00 am

The Free Syrian Army has fallen prey to gangsters and fanatics

Dangerous territory

14 April 2012 11:00 am

Fifteen years ago Ahmed Rashid wrote an original, groundbreaking and wonderful book about the Taleban, a subject about which few…