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    1. 13 hours ago

      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...

    2. 16 hours ago

      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...

    Special Reports

    1. New Trade Routes: Arab World

      The centuries-old Silk Road is being reconstituted and strengthened for the modern era...
    2. Turkey and the World

      Turkish business has suffered from the strife in Syria and Libya while Turkey’s politi...
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    1. 18 hours ago

      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...

    2. December 17, 2014

      Increased Kurdish oil exports will add to price pressure

      The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq expects oil exports to increase during the next year, moving it closer to...

    3. December 15, 2014

      Sydney siege highlights threat of ‘lone wolf’ attacks

      Sydney hostage crisis Details of what motivated Man Haron Monis may be scant, but whether the Sydney siege was an act of...

    4. December 12, 2014

      China offers to help Iraq defeat Sunni extremists

      China has offered to help Iraq defeat Sunni extremists with support for air strikes, according to Ibrahim Jafari, Iraq’s...

    5. December 10, 2014

      Isis extends its reach but the roots of other groups go deeper

      In recent weeks, every major terrorist assault has brought with it questions about the possible involvement of the Islamic...

    6. The A-List

      December 10, 2014

      Isis' reputation exceeds its reach

      In recent weeks, every major terrorist assault around the world has brought with it questions about the possible involvement...

    7. December 9, 2014

      David Cameron calls for Turkey alliance in fight against terror

      David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, travelled to Ankara on Tuesday in a bid to halt the flow of jihadis to Britain by...

    8. December 4, 2014

      US general confirms presence of Isis fighters in Libya

      The commander of US armed forces in Africa has confirmed the presence of small groups of Islamic State of Iraq and the...

    9. December 3, 2014

      Iranian jets attack Isis in eastern Iraq

      Images of Iranian air strikes in eastern Iraq have provided the first concrete evidence of direct involvement by the Iranian...

    10. December 2, 2014

      The Arab spring idealist who died for Isis

      He had held on for months. But when the Islamists and leftists, who had united in the 2011 revolution he had championed,...

    11. December 2, 2014

      Baghdad and Erbil end months-long dispute over oil revenues

      Iraq’s central government and the autonomous Kurdish regional government finalised a deal over the distribution of oil...

    12. December 2, 2014

      Lebanon claims capture of Isis leader’s wife

      A wife of the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, has been arrested at a border crossing,...

    13. December 1, 2014

      Nato offers resources in fight against Isis

      Nato, the world’s largest military alliance, is preparing to add its weight to the international campaign against the...

    14. November 30, 2014

      Gulf states launch joint command to counter Isis and Iran

      Bahrain’s foreign minister says Gulf states are launching a joint military command based in Saudi Arabia to counter threats...

    15. November 30, 2014

      The Middle East’s vanishing religious variety

      Some time in the third century, in the marshes of southern Iraq, the founder of the poorly understood religion of...

    16. November 28, 2014

      Isis fighters crave snacks and gadgets of the west they disdain

      What do jihadi militants crave on their break at the battlefront? Pringles are one frontline favourite. Another is Red Bull....

    17. November 26, 2014

      Isis threatens future oil supplies, warns IEA

      The conflict in Iraq has created a threat to future oil production that could drive up prices, the developed countries’...

    18. November 25, 2014

      Saudi Arabia links attack on Shia worshippers to Isis

      Saudi Arabia says suspected militants who attacked Shia worshippers earlier this month were linked to the Islamic State in...

    19. November 24, 2014

      Tripoli Islamist regime declares ‘war’ on Libyan rivals

      The leader of Libya’s self-proclaimed Islamist-leaning government declared “war” on forces allied with the elected rival...

    20. November 24, 2014

      Britain’s home secretary Theresa May and the Isis challenge

      Theresa May has long been one of the most ambitious figures in the UK government, barely concealing her aspiration to...

    21. November 24, 2014

      Hagel’s exit had its roots in his arrival

      President Barack Obama announced that Chuck Hagel would be stepping down as US secretary of defence after less than two...

    22. November 24, 2014

      Terror threat ‘greater than ever’, says Theresa May

      Universities, schools and prisons are among institutions that will be legally obliged to deter radicals from becoming...

    23. November 20, 2014

      Failure to reach a nuclear deal will drive Iran into Russia’s arms

      Tehran and Moscow, facing similar political and economic pressures from the west, have developed strong ties since the...

    24. November 18, 2014

      Police chief warns on strong likelihood of City cyber terror attack

      There is a “very strong likelihood” that Islamist terrorists such as Isis will launch a cyber attack on financial...

    25. November 18, 2014

      Iraqi forces retake key oil refinery from Isis

      Iraqi forces backed by Shia militias and supported by US-led air strikes on Tuesday seized near full control of the...

    26. November 18, 2014

      Syrian rebels unite in ‘battle of destiny’ for Aleppo

      On a 10km stretch of road north of Aleppo, Syria’s rebel forces are engulfed in a “battle of destiny” for control of a...

    27. The A-List

      November 17, 2014

      Can China bring peace to south Asia?

      During the past two months, the leaders of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have met with China’s powerful president Xi...

    28. November 16, 2014

      UAE blacklists 83 groups as terrorists

      The United Arab Emirates has blacklisted 83 organisations as terrorists, broadening the authorities’ ability to target...

    29. November 16, 2014

      Isis kills US hostage Peter Kassig

      A black-masked executioner belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant appears to murder an American aid worker in a...

    30. November 14, 2014

      Cameron warns internet groups to stop spread of terror material

      David Cameron has told internet companies he will ensure they live up to their “social responsibility” to stop the spread of...

    31. November 13, 2014

      Cameron reveals crackdown on British jihadis

      David Cameron has announced greater powers to tackle British jihadis, including the cancellation of their passports and...

    32. November 13, 2014

      Isis declares its own currency

      Its self-declared state has no functioning ministries, nor is it recognised by any government in the world; it is also under...

    33. November 12, 2014

      A precious chance to end Turkey’s conflict with the Kurds

      Turkey’s nine-year-old peace process between the Turkish government and the insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK)...

    34. beyondbrics

      November 12, 2014

      Morocco equities market downgraded to frontier market status

      More bad news for Morocco this week, after it was banished from the Africa Cup for pushing to delay the football tournament...

    35. November 11, 2014

      Blood and batteries are contraband of choice in Kobani

      Snaking around the flat-roofed mud huts of their Turkish border village is the barbed wire fence that marks a tenuous divide...

    36. November 10, 2014

      Battle for Iraq: the Iranian connection

      Battle for Iraq: the Iranian connection Iraq’s national security adviser Falah Fayadh was in Washington struggling to...

    37. November 10, 2014

      Russia is a bigger problem than Isis for Obama

      This weekend America announced that it was sending more troops to Iraq, Russia allegedly sent more troops into Ukraine and...

    38. November 10, 2014

      Egypt Islamist militants pledge allegiance to Isis

      Egypt’s primary Islamist militant group has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isis) giving the...

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