Outside powers at risk from Syria’s fire

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Proxy wars can be very dangerous for the nations that are fuelling the conflict

Assad praises Russia’s new role in Syria

President dismisses efforts of US-led anti-Isis coalition

Arabs pay the price after Kurds expel Isis

Yazidis’ neighbours tainted by campaign of slaughter

Iraq and Russia collaborate in Isis fight

Intelligence sharing deal also includes Syria and Iran

Isis shapes strategy to expand its influence abroad

Jihadis aim for territorial gains and striking at adversaries near and far

We must relearn arts of war and strategy

West blew its peace dividend in 20-year party of consumption and speculation, says Niall Ferguson

Coalition frets over stalling Isis fight

Isis victories leaves some allies itching for a fight

Obama gets it right and wrong about Iran

Chance to engage beyond nuclear deal will be lost if US reverts to strategy of coercive containment

Iraq warns oil groups on spending cuts

Crude price fall left Baghdad with less income to repay companies

Iraq to tap international bond markets

Baghdad issuance’s success likely to depend on US rate rise

Australia to take 12,000 Syrian refugees

Abbott about-face comes as bombing raids approved

Cameron says Isis Briton killed by drone

First UK national to be so targeted in shift in policy

Oil groups’ shares jump on KRG pledge

Semi-autonomous region to pay companies up to $100m in September

Britain’s never-ending inquiry into the Iraq war

The remit of Chilcot’s investigation was far too broad

Kurds defy Iraq and pursue oil sales

Distracted by insecurity, Baghdad turns blind eye

Israel turns to Kurds for oil supplies

Funds provide backing for KRG’s fight against Isis

Violence brings despair to Turkey’s Kurds

Fighting cripples economy of region on cusp of recovery

US air strike kills Isis second-in-command

White House says Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali died in Iraq

Ex-Iraq PM could face trial over Mosul

Latest attempt by government to hold former premier accountable

Syrian Islamist rebel group looks to west

Ahrar al-Sham tells FT of more moderate line but critics are wary