Iraq

We can't afford to let Isis run wild in Iraq

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The West can’t afford to give up on Iraq

The West isn't the solution in Iraq. It's the problem

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Hawks are mistaking military action for strategy

How dare they sell the beaches where I played as a child

16 August 2014 9:00 am

 Porto Cheli Nothing is moving, not a twig nor a leaf, and I find myself missing the cows, the mountains…

A world crisis with no world leader

9 August 2014 9:00 am

No one wants to pay the price of speaking for the free world

The MH17 disaster

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, told Parliament that President Vladimir Putin of Russia should end his country’s support for…

‘It’s jihad, innit, bruv’: meet the British Muslims going to fight in Syria

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Meeting the British Muslims who have joined the ‘Islamic State’

Impeaching Obama would be crazy. But the Republicans will probably try

12 July 2014 9:00 am

The Republicans would be crazy to try and impeach the lame-duck President. It would only revive him

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,…

Saddam on money

Baghdad notebook: "Things were better in Saddam's time"

5 July 2014 9:00 am

In the passport queue at Baghdad airport, my heart sinks. This place vies with Cairo for the title of most…

After 100 years, the mess we made of the Middle East is coming full circle

28 June 2014 9:00 am

When I hear the words Sykes-Picot I more often than not feel like punching an Englishman or a Frog —…

Welcome to the era of ISIS - and pop-up terror

21 June 2014 9:00 am

Jihadi groups like ISIS rarely manage to hold their ground – but that doesn’t mean they’re going away

How the Westminster hawk became an endangered species

21 June 2014 9:00 am

There is a slight whiff of the summer of 1914 to Westminster at the moment. The garden party season is…

The return of oil price anxiety is a timely reminder to get fracking

21 June 2014 9:00 am

‘Iraq turmoil sends crude oil prices to nine-month high’ is the sort of headline that used to send shivers down…

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’.…

Mortar fire, weddings, camels, the French revolution: all kind of things get in the way of cricket

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It isn’t just the elk, either. Also bringing proceedings to a halt in this wonderful anthology are camels (Bahrain), cows…

Faisal’s dark, liquid eyes and distinguished bearing caused a sensation at the Paris Peace Conference

The enlightened king of Iraq

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Alan Rush admires the humane, enlightened Faisal I, who fought with T.E. Lawrence and devoted his life to Arab rights, independence and unity

The war on Christians

5 October 2013 9:00 am

It’s time the world paid more attention to assaults against Christians

Dark Actors, by Robert Lewis - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

No book about Dr David Kelly could start anywhere other than at the end. Kelly is found, dead, in a…

After Saddam

9 March 2013 9:00 am

‘The problem is why,’ said the health project officer of a British charity working in the marshlands of southern Iraq…

Saladin: hero or infidel?

3 December 2011 9:45 am

Sam Leith enjoys an alternative view of the Crusades, from the Muslim perspective

Those who die like cattle

18 June 2011 12:00 am

An ex-farmer whose brother has died fighting in Iraq is the man at the centre of Graham Swift’s new book, a state-of-the-nation novel on a small canvas.

In and out of favour in Iraq

25 September 2010 12:00 am

Nowadays the TV cameras make Baghdad look like a suburban car park, and for Tamara Chalabi, raised in England and Beirut on memories of pre-Saddam Iraq, the first encounter in 2003 was dismal.