Islamic State

Who’ll be the next jihadi-jackpot winner?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Reading the news this week of Jihadi Jack (née Letts, of Oxfordshire) having his UK passport withdrawn, my mind went…

What to do about the returning jihadis

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In normal times, the reported return of 400 Isis fighters to Britain would be the biggest story out there. But…

Don’t forget the Yazidis: To avoid the next genocide, remember the last

12 August 2017 9:00 am

To avoid the next genocide, we must remember the last

Victory over Isis in Mosul is a conquest to be proud of

15 July 2017 9:00 am

For the title of world’s most benighted city, Mosul takes some beating. Liberated from Saddam Hussein by US forces in…

After five centuries, religious war has returned to Britain

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Islamist terror comes from a long tradition of brutal supremacism

Conservatives grow restive as Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour closes the poll gap

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Home The Conservatives grew restive when polls, for what they were worth, indicated a closing gap between their support and…

Why I’ve had it with Donald Trump

3 June 2017 9:00 am

I feel like an obituary writer, what with Nick Scott, Roger Moore, Alistair Horne — all great buddies — and…

Islamist terrorist from Manchester murders 22 pop fans in his own city

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Home  Twenty-two people were killed and 59 wounded by a man who blew himself up, with a bomb containing metal…

The jihadists of Isis are waging war on joy

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The Islamist obsession with controlling girls

Trump’s not the new Hitler... he’s the new Kaiser Bill

8 April 2017 9:00 am

President Trump isn’t the new Hitler. He’s more Wilhelm II, a reckless militarist who will gamble with world peace

War, war and war some more

8 April 2017 9:00 am

American foreign policy is becoming ruthlessly simple

Some atrocities make no sense: the Westminster attack may be one

1 April 2017 9:00 am

‘On Friday noon, July the 20th, 1714,’ begins the small, perfect 20th-century novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, ‘the…

Boualem Sansal

By 2084, will Islam rule the world?

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Boualem Sansal’s prophetic novel very clearly derives its lineage from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. A totalitarian surveillance state, a fundamentalist…

Fighting Isis to the bitter, bloody end

25 March 2017 9:00 am

As troops surround Iraq’s last Isis stronghold in Mosul, Gareth Browne meets victims of the savage fighting

Israel is now the land of ‘Trumpportunity’

18 March 2017 9:00 am

On the Israeli side of the Syrian border, near al-Quneitra, you can watch the war. From my vantage point on…

Theresa May watches the House of Lords debate Brexit

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, sat on the steps of the throne, as a privy counsellor, watching the Lords…

Trump really could crush Isis. But what happens next could be worse

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Trump is determined to crush the Islamic State. He should beware: what comes next could be worse

The cradle of Henri IV, made from a turtle shell edged with silver, is displayed under the royal flags of France and Navarre

Falling standards and flagging spirits

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Did you know that 190 out of 200 nations in the world have either red or blue on their flags?…

Don’t let the defeat of Islamic State mean more terror at home

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The Islamic State’s pretence to nationhood was based on the holding of territory. With the battle for Mosul this week,…

Syria and the cruel farce of ‘humanitarian intervention’

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Air-powered ‘intervention-lite’ in civil wars like Syria’s isn’t just ineffective – it’s cruel and immoral

In Syria we're not sure who we're backing, or who we're bombing

24 September 2016 9:00 am

A misdirected airstrike has exposed the West’s Syrian muddle

Portrait of the week

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Home Schools in England would have the right to select pupils by ability, under plans outlined by Theresa May, the…

Why Anjem Choudary should not have been sent to prison

10 September 2016 9:00 am

It was impossible not to feel rather sorry for the radical Muslim ‘cleric’ Anjem Choudary and his imbecilic henchman Mohammed…

France began breeding jihadis when it ruined its primary schools

3 September 2016 9:00 am

E .D. Hirsch Jr., the American educationalist and author of Cultural Literacy, has a new book out that may throw…

After Isis, then what? The scramble for Mosul

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Isis will fall in Mosul. But at least three forces are jostling over what happens next