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    1. January 26, 2015

      Kurds claim victory over Isis in Kobani

      Kurdish forces said they have wrested back control of the Syrian border city of Kobani, the site of a four-month battle...

    2. January 26, 2015

      Malaysia Airlines plays down hack attack

      Malaysia Airlines has insisted its customers’ information is secure and its servers intact after its website was attacked by...

    3. January 24, 2015

      Japan condemns apparent Isis execution

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage and called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by...

    4. January 23, 2015

      Davos 2015: Spectre of Isis haunts Middle East debate

      There was something symbolic about the warmth of the reception afforded to Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the president...

    5. January 22, 2015

      Oil drop ‘disastrous’ for anti-Isis fight

      The collapse in the oil price has had “disastrous” consequences for the fight against Isis, Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime...

    6. January 21, 2015

      Jihadi jailers put Beirut in a bind

      Lebanon is a peculiar country where life sometimes resembles a Hollywood thriller. So many unusual, if not outrageous,...

    7. January 21, 2015

      Cameron frustrated by delayed Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war

      David Cameron has expressed frustration at delays to publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war after it emerged...

    8. January 21, 2015

      Japan battles to contain hostage crisis

      The Japanese government said on Wednesday it was taking “every possible measure” to secure the release of two of its...

    9. January 20, 2015

      Renewed flames of Sunni-Shia conflict threaten to engulf Middle East

      When the radical totalitarians of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, burst out of eastern Syria into...

    10. January 20, 2015

      Isis threatens to kill two Japanese hostages and demands $200m

      The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives $200m within 72...

    11. January 19, 2015

      The ‘war on terror’ is going backwards

      The “global war on terror” was shot down in a hail of ridicule. Sceptics scoffed that President George W Bush’s GWOT was not...

    12. January 16, 2015

      Belgian jihadi’s father says ‘They treat us as traitors’

      Six weeks ago, Boujemaa, a 50-year-old printer, reported to the police that his son had gone missing from his home in the...

    13. January 16, 2015

      US and UK agents to wage cyber war games on City of London

      British and US agents will carry out a mock cyber attack on the Bank of England and commercial banks in London and New York...

    14. January 15, 2015

      Paris killings show the challenges for security services

      Their telephone calls had been monitored, their training at Yemeni terror camps logged and their association with firebrand...

    15. January 15, 2015

      Rise of the armchair terrorist tracker

      On New Year’s Eve, Pieter Van Ostaeyen hung out with his brother’s family before skipping the midnight celebrations and...

    16. January 15, 2015

      UN begins Libya peace talks with two warring sides

      UN-brokered peace talks to try and end Libya’s eight-month civil war got under way in Geneva on Thursday, with the...

    17. January 13, 2015

      The march of the armchair jihadis

      Like everyone else, the militants have moved online. You no longer need to fly halfway across the world to join your chosen...

    18. January 12, 2015

      US military Twitter account hacked

      Social media accounts run by Central Command, the US military command covering the Middle East, have been hacked by a group...

    19. January 10, 2015

      Charlie Hebdo suspect may be in Syria

      Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, the most wanted remaining suspect in connection with the Charlie Hebdo killings, may have fled to...

    20. January 10, 2015

      TV stations release recordings of conversations with killers

      The voices sound calm, but the effect is chilling. One of the remarkable aspects of the French terrorist crisis this week is...

    21. January 8, 2015

      Charlie Hebdo: Middle East condemns Paris attack but with caveats

      Middle Eastern leaders, commentators and even enemies of the west roundly condemned Wednesday’s deadly attack on the French...

    22. January 8, 2015

      Charlie Hebdo: Spy chiefs scramble for clear picture

      European security chiefs are scrambling to piece together an accurate picture of the events on Wednesday that led up to and...

    23. January 7, 2015

      Charlie Hebdo: The questions left by Paris terror attack

      With 12 dead and two gunmen still on the loose in France, many questions remain about the brutal armed assault on the...

    24. January 5, 2015

      The Isis economy: Meet the new boss

      At first glance, Iraq’s second city of Mosul looks like a model of success for its new rulers from the Islamic State of Iraq...

    25. January 5, 2015

      Saudi attack raises fears of jihadi violence overspill

      A suicide assault in northern Saudi Arabia killed three members of the security forces in the early hours of Monday morning,...

    26. January 4, 2015

      Spectre of Isis used to erode rights in Morocco

      The 100 or so activists gather in front of the Moroccan parliament at dusk. They chant slogans demanding freedom and greater...

    27. January 1, 2015

      Fears grow over Iran’s disgruntled Sunni Muslims

      For Hassan Amini, Friday prayers are a weekly reminder of the “humiliation” faced by Iranian Sunni. The dissident Sunni...

    28. December 29, 2014

      General’s death highlights Iran’s role in Iraq

      Thousands of Revolutionary Guards gathered in Tehran on Monday for the funeral of Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi, the...

    29. December 26, 2014

      A year in a word: Caliphate

      Caliphate noun — English for ‘Khilafa’, or succession, to the Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam. In Ramadan this year, the...

    30. December 24, 2014

      Jordanian warplane downed in Syria

      Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have captured a Jordanian pilot in Syria, in the first loss of an...

    31. December 22, 2014

      A federal cure for a shattered Middle East

      Any chance of an end to the carnage in Syria and Iraq, and a return to some level of stability, looks contingent on an...

    32. December 22, 2014

      Ali Shamkhani: Iran will not seek to resume diplomatic ties with US

      Tehran will not seek a resumption of diplomatic ties with Washington even if a comprehensive nuclear deal helps to defuse...

    33. December 19, 2014

      Isis morale falls as momentum slows and casualties mount

      Flagging morale, desertion and factionalism are starting to affect the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis,...

    34. December 19, 2014

      US says strike killed senior Isis leaders

      Two senior Isis commanders have been killed by US and coalition air strikes in northern Iraq over the past week, US...

    35. December 18, 2014

      Iraqi Kurds retake besieged Mt Sinjar

      Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces have broken a five-month siege on Mount Sinjar, where hundreds of Iraq’s Yazidi minority were...

    36. December 18, 2014

      War has cost Middle East $35bn, says World Bank

      The three-year war in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, also known as Isis, has cost the...

    37. December 17, 2014

      Fuelling Isis Inc

      Waiting for his job interview, the young Syrian was impressed by the array of high-end camera equipment, video-editing pods...

    38. December 17, 2014

      Internet draws women to jihadi ranks

      They cheer on beheadings, defend rape and the enslavement of women, and yearn to revive oppressive centuries-old traditions...

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