Syria

Spectator letters: Bombing, Botham and Steven Spielberg

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Bombers without borders Sir: To define this week’s debate as being about ‘bombing Syria’ (‘The great fake war’, 28 November)…

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

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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

Tony Abbott is right about immigration - and turning back boats

29 October 2015 9:00 am

For many years, Australia has been turning away boats filled with migrants. From a remove, this looks cold–hearted — a…

Iran’s hidden war with the West – and what we can do to fight back

24 October 2015 9:00 am

It’s up to Britain to ensure that the nuclear dealdoes not allow a greater threat to the Middle East

Letters: The immoral Vladimir Putin

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Putin the gangster Sir: Putin is a gangster’s gangster. While he ruins Russia economically and diplomatically to keep himself in…

Portrait of the week

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Home Two groups were launched, one in favour of remaining in the European Union and the other in favour of…

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

Portrait of the week

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, told  the Conservative party conference in Manchester: ‘We need a national crusade to get…

How Putin outwitted the West

10 October 2015 9:00 am

His cynical statecraft in Syria has run rings around Britain and America

Bizarrely, Putin is talking more sense on Syria than anyone else

26 September 2015 8:00 am

The West’s strategy on Syria is a complete shambles

Spectator letters: A Christian response to the Syrian refugee crisis

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Biblical suggestions Sir: I wish to offer a couple of comments on Matthew Parris’s observation that although his ‘Christian atheism’…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Mr Cameron swings wildly between toughness and compassion

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Presumably Britain has some sort of policy on immigration, asylum and refugees, but instead of struggling to understand it, you…

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