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    1. May 4, 2016

      Pakistan threatens to buy Russian or Chinese jets in spat with US

      Pakistan has threatened to buy advanced Russian or Chinese combat jets after Washington withdrew financing for a US...

    2. April 29, 2016

      Aleppo action clarifies Russian ambitions in Syria

      With peace talks on Syria suspended in Geneva, the collapse of the two-month-old cessation of hostilities is all but...

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    1. April 25, 2016

      Saudi-led coalition launches campaign in southern Yemen

      The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Monday said it had launched strikes against al-Qaeda in the southern Yemeni city of...

    2. April 15, 2016

      Mauritania fights terrorism with secret police and diplomacy

      After years of being the country in the Sahel with the biggest al-Qaeda problem, Mauritania now stands as a model to...

    3. April 15, 2016

      Mauritania’s rigid society needs careful navigation

      Mauritania sits at the crossroads of ancient trade routes. Until 30 years ago its people were largely nomads. The...

    4. April 10, 2016

      Iraqis grow nostalgic for authoritarian past as sectarianism rules

      For the victims of violence in Iraq like Um Alaa, years are no longer the marker of time passing. Instead, there are...

    5. April 3, 2016

      Syria ceasefire under threat as rebel groups claw back territory

      Syria’s shaky ceasefire looks under threat as rebels and al-Qaeda fighters launched an offensive against President...

    6. March 31, 2016

      US warned over ‘cyber jihad’ attacks

      A top Department of Justice official warned on Thursday that Islamist extremists were drawing closer to launching...

    7. March 25, 2016

      US says it has killed senior Isis ‘finance minister’

      The US military said on Friday it had killed a senior Isis leader who it described as the group’s “finance minister”...

    8. March 25, 2016

      Europe can defeat the spectre of terror again

      Fifteen years after the September 11 attacks on America, people across the west have become accustomed to seeing acts...

    9. March 14, 2016

      Al-Qaeda Africa affiliate reasserts threat with Ivory Coast attack

      Al-Qaeda’s north African affiliate, based in the vast expanse of the Sahara, is shaking security in west Africa with...

    10. March 13, 2016

      Al Qaeda kills 16 in Ivory Coast attack

      Gunmen from the North African branch of Al Qaeda killed 16 people, including four Europeans, at a beach resort town in...

    11. March 7, 2016

      Air strike kills 150 al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, US says

      A US military air strike has killed more than 150 fighters at a training camp in northern Somalia run by the...

    12. March 7, 2016

      Burkina Faso struggles to come to terms with jihadi attack

      Steeling himself with a long sip of beer, Clement Djiguemde describes the waking nightmares he has endured since a...

    13. The Exchange

      February 27, 2016

      Hard choices in Syria

      The increasingly desperate efforts by the US to get the Russians, the Iranians and the Syrian regime to agree to a...

    14. February 22, 2016

      US drones to strike Isis targets in Libya from base in Italy

      Italy will allow the US to launch drone strikes against Isis targets in Libya from an air base in Sicily, US and...

    15. February 21, 2016

      ‘Blood Year: Islamic State’ by David Kilcullen

      “The greatest strategic screw-up since Hitler’s invasion of Russia” is how David Kilcullen describes George W Bush’s...

    16. February 1, 2016

      Terror: The globalisation of extremism

      Gunmen hunting foreigners kill a Japanese farm expert in northern Bangladesh and an Italian aid worker in the capital...

    17. January 17, 2016

      Burkina Faso troops retake Splendid Hotel from Islamists

      Gunmen from al-Qaeda’s west African branch killed at least 28 people in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou in a hotel...

    18. January 15, 2016

      Security forces battle gunmen holding hostages in Burkina Faso

      OUAGADOUGOU — Security forces battled suspected Islamist fighters who were holding hostages at hotel used by foreigners...

    19. January 14, 2016

      Jakarta bomb attacks: Indonesian capital rocked by explosions

      Seven people including five terrorists were killed as explosions and gunfire hit central Jakarta on Thursday in an...

    20. Nick Butler

      January 10, 2016

      Isis and the war for oil

      It has always been hard to accept the argument that the series of wars in the Middle East since 2001 have been about...

    21. January 7, 2016

      France rethinks Sarkozy-era security overhaul after attacks

      Three months before Islamist terrorists mounted a murderous attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo,...

    22. January 6, 2016

      Saudi embassy attack prompts anti-hardliner backlash in Iran

      The latest political crisis between Tehran and Riyadh has prompted a backlash against hardliners in Iran. Ordinary...

    23. January 5, 2016

      Riyadh executions send message to Saudi public

      Saudi Arabia’s decision to execute a dissident Shia cleric despite the risk of inflaming its rival Iran reflects...

    24. January 3, 2016

      To win the war on terror, forget the war on drugs

      The terms may no longer be politically correct but western governments continue to wage both a war on terror and a war...

    25. January 2, 2016

      Saudi Arabia executes prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr

      Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people for terrorism, including a leading Shia dissident cleric. The execution on Saturday...

    26. January 2, 2016

      Saudi Arabia executes prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr

      RIYADH, Jan 2 — Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people for terrorism, including a prominent Shia cleric, sending a message...

    27. December 28, 2015

      Year in a word: Isis

      Noun — a jihadi organisation that controls swaths of Iraq and Syria. Also known as Daesh, Isil or Islamic State. The...

    28. December 22, 2015

      Dark days for Egypt’s amateur vice squad

      Egypt’s revolution meant different things to different people. But, for most, it was a reason for optimism. After the...

    29. December 21, 2015

      Indonesia says it foiled New Year terror attack

      Indonesian authorities said they have foiled a terrorist bombing planned for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve period,...

    30. December 17, 2015

      Syria: UN backs move to squeeze Isis finances

      The UN Security Council has unanimously backed a US-Russian resolution calling for tougher measures to block Isis and...

    31. beyondbrics

      December 11, 2015

      Defeating extremism runs through Tehran

      By Ali Safavi, National Council of Resistance of Iran The heinous terrorist attacks in San Bernardino last week and in...

    32. December 11, 2015

      Bono shows love the answer to terrorism

      It has been quite a long time since I have had anything particularly good to say about the rock band, U2, or its Davos...

    33. December 9, 2015

      Centre of Syria’s revolution falls to Damascus

      Rebels are leaving their last stronghold in the Syrian city of Homs in a truce that gives President Bashar al-Assad...

    34. December 8, 2015

      Donald Trump’s offensive assault on American values

      It says something of how badly Donald Trump, the US Republican hopeful, has erred that journalists initially treated...

    35. December 6, 2015

      Barack Obama’s Achilles heel on terrorism

      On the face of it, the San Bernardino massacre is the other end of the scale to the 11 September attacks — 14 dead...

    36. December 2, 2015

      The deadly contest between Isis and al-Qaeda

      Dabiq makes for chilling reading. Isis’ slick-looking magazine celebrates the killing of innocent people and offers...

    37. December 1, 2015

      Lebanon exchanges prisoners with al-Qaeda in Syria

      Jabhat al-Nusra, Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, on Tuesday released 16 Lebanese servicemen held hostage for more than a year,...

    38. November 29, 2015

      Saudi Arabia: The wake-up call

      Inside the sprawling royal court in Riyadh, a team of technocrats is putting the final touches to plans for a drastic...

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