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      Middle East: Walled in

      When she drinks her morning coffee on the veranda of her house in Bethlehem, Vera Baboun, the city’s mayor, can see new...

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      Until we understand Isis, we cannot hope to defeat it

      It is time to admit the inadmissible: the west is not yet equipped to dismantle Isis. Our weaknesses are its strengths. Too...

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    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. 5 hours ago

      Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters enter Kobani

      Peshmerga fighters head to Syria The first Kurdish peshmerga support units from Iraq have crossed into the Syrian border...

    2. 7 hours ago

      Turkey faces critics over its resolve to stem tide of jihadis

      For much of the past few months the US and its Nato allies have accused Turkey of failing to do enough to stop the flow of...

    3. October 29, 2014

      France grapples with rising tide of homegrown jihadis

      When Mohamed Merah gunned down three French paratroopers and then shot dead three schoolchildren and a teacher in a Jewish...

    4. October 28, 2014

      Iraqi peshmerga fighters set to join fight against Isis in Kobani

      Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are on their way to the besieged Syrian city of Kobani to help local Kurdish forces still...

    5. October 28, 2014

      Isis shows political sophistication as ferocious as its fighters

      Ever since the radical totalitarians of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant erupted into the consciousness of the world,...

    6. October 28, 2014

      Western female jihadis deploy ‘soft-power’ of Isis online

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

    7. October 28, 2014

      Spectre of Isis looms over Pakistan

      When Pakistan’s Shia Muslims began to mark the start of the Islamic month of Muharram this week, the period of mourning was...

    8. October 27, 2014

      Libyan strife highlights the perils of even-handedness

      For months the international community has been acting as if both sides in Libya’s multi-faceted civil war are equally to...

    9. October 26, 2014

      Lebanese army steps up fight against Sunni militants in Tripoli

      Lebanese security forces used helicopter gunships in an assault on Islamist militant strongholds in northern Lebanon at the...

    10. October 26, 2014

      Allure of Isis attracts Libyan jihadi groups

      Convoys of black-clad fighters brandishing the distinctive flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have begun to...

    11. October 23, 2014

      Isis sells smuggled oil to Turkey and Iraqi Kurds, says US Treasury

      The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, is earning as much as $1m a day through the sale of oil to some of...

    12. October 23, 2014

      Canadian PM faces pressure over domestic extremists

      Canada on alert after shooting near Parliament Hill Canada’s prime minister on Thursday came under intense pressure over his...

    13. October 23, 2014

      A chance for mainstream Islam to unite against Isis

      There are few happy consequences of the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has swept across Iraq...

    14. October 23, 2014

      Chaos in Syria and Iraq revives Kurds’ nationalist ambitions

      It is historically and geographically insignificant. Yet the besieged Syrian city of Kobani is playing a central role in...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      October 23, 2014

      Survivors of Kobani as Isis tightens grip

      Bulent Kilic/AFP A Syrian Kurdish woman and her baby on Thursday in the Rojava refugee camp at Suruc in Sanliurfa province...

    16. October 21, 2014

      UK spy drones to fly over Syria in fight against Isis

      British drones and spy planes will begin flying reconnaissance missions over Syria in an escalation of UK efforts to combat...

    17. October 21, 2014

      Turkey’s Erdogan struggles to cope with Isis reverberations

      Last week, Turkey was bombing Kurdish fighters it regards as terrorists near its border with Iraq. It was doing so just as...

    18. October 21, 2014

      Assad still using chemical weapons, say Syrian rebels

      It was yet another missile, one of many fired by the Syrian regime at the rebel-controlled Jobar district of Damascus. But...

    19. October 20, 2014

      Turkey opens corridor for Kurdish fighters to relieve Kobani

      Turkey has yielded to US pressure and opened its territory for Kurdish fighters to relieve the besieged Syrian Kurdish town...

    20. October 17, 2014

      Isis closes the cyber blackout blinds to avoid attack

      When bombs rained down before the internet age, targets pulled curtains shut and dimmed their lights. But for the jihadis of...

    21. October 17, 2014

      Terror suspects charged with targeting police

      Four men have been charged with plotting a terror attack in London after allegedly swearing an oath to the Islamic State of...

    22. The World

      October 17, 2014

      A short history of the Kurds

      The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has thrust the plight of the Kurdish people into the spotlight. But who...

    23. October 17, 2014

      Suicide bomber kills at least 8 members of Syrian rebel group fighting Isis

      A car bomb in northern Syria on Friday ripped through the headquarters of two rebel battalions supporting the US-led...

    24. October 16, 2014

      Turkey: In the line of fire

      In the Turkish city of Diyarbakir – 100km from Syria – the rising anger at Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stance on the war over the...

    25. October 16, 2014

      Britain redeploys drones to fight Isis

      Britain is to redeploy its fleet of armed Reaper drones to Iraq to launch attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

    26. October 16, 2014

      Kurds declare advance on Kobani thanks to US air strikes on Isis

      Kurdish forces defending the besieged Syrian city of Kobani say they are advancing against the forces of the Islamic State...

    27. October 15, 2014

      Isis makes ‘substantial gains’, says general

      Islamist militants have made “substantial gains” in Iraq despite the campaign of air strikes led by the US over the past two...

    28. October 14, 2014

      US defence contractor staff shot in Saudi Arabia

      A US national was killed and another wounded in a gun attack on their vehicle in Riyadh on Tuesday, according to Saudi state...

    29. October 14, 2014

      Pakistan Taliban leaders pledge allegiance to Isis

      Six leaders of the Pakistani Taliban have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, and...

    30. October 14, 2014

      Iraq’s soaring public spending hits war financing

      A looming fiscal crisis is threatening to curtail Iraq’s ability to finance its war against the Islamist insurgents who have...

    31. October 13, 2014

      Isis fighters seize key military base in Iraq’s Anbar province

      Islamist insurgents on Monday seized control of a key military garrison and town in western Iraq, allowing them to surround...

    32. October 13, 2014

      US and Turkey focus on role of airbases to counter Isis

      Turkey has poured cold water on claims that the US-led anti-jihadi coalition has secured greater use of military bases in...

    33. October 12, 2014

      Drone strikes on Isis loom large in allies’ strategy

      Hundreds of air strikes have dominated the opening of the US-led battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or...

    34. October 12, 2014

      Iraqi Kurds send aid to help Syrian counterparts fight jihadis

      Leaders of Iraqi Kurdistan’s two main political factions declared on Sunday that they have dispatched weapons, equipment and...

    35. October 10, 2014

      Isis still on the front foot in Iraq

      The world’s attention is on the stricken city of Kobani, in northern Syria. But for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant...

    36. October 10, 2014

      Turkey’s Erdogan faces one of his toughest political challenges

      Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing one of the worst crises of his 11 years as Turkey’s leader – his refusal to strike against...

    37. October 10, 2014

      US presses Turkey to take ‘urgent steps’ against Isis

      US officials have warned Turkey of the need for “urgent steps” against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as...

    38. October 9, 2014

      US and Turkey stuck in diplomatic stand-off over Isis in Syria

      The US and Turkey are engaging in an exercise of diplomatic brinkmanship over Islamist militants in Syria, even as the fate...

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