A year in a word: Caliphate

A surreal rigmarole that exacerbated the power struggle in the Middle East

Jonathan McHugh illustration
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Stand against the armies of ignorance

Ideas need to be mobilised if the learning years are safeguarded, writes Simon Schama

Ingram Pinn illustration

A federal cure for a shattered Middle East

The ultra-centralism of the Arab security state is a recruiting sergeant for Isis

TEHRAN, IRAN - DECEMBER 17, 2014: Ali Shamkhani the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi)
©Kaveh Kazemi

Iran will not seek diplomatic ties with US

Nuclear negotiations stand alone, says top security official

TEHRAN, IRAN - DECEMBER 17, 2014: Ali Shamkhani the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi)
©Kaveh Kazemi

Transcript: Ali Shamkhani interview

Translation: Iran’s top security official Ali Shamkhani speaks to the FT

Isis morale falls as momentum slows

Frustration grows among jihadis as focus shifts to governing

US says strike killed senior Isis leaders

Officials see loss of commanders affecting group’s operations

Iraqi Kurds retake besieged Mt Sinjar

Hundreds freed from Isis mountaintop stronghold

Claims of murder by army found to be lies

Inquiry rejects Iraqi detainees’ allegations against UK soldiers

Higher Kurdish oil exports expected

Volumes could reach 800,000 barrels a day in 2015, minister says

China offers to help Iraq defeat extremists

Any assistance from Beijing would be outside US-led coalition

UK spy chiefs asked for CIA report deletions

Downing Street contradicts denials on Senate torture summary

Isis extends its reach among militants

The group has not yet displaced existing threats from the Muslim world

Shifts and shocks on the soft power scale

The US tops the list for the Monocle Magazine survey, bumping Germany into second

Iraqi PM faces dilemma in military reform

Iranian jets attack Isis in eastern Iraq

US declines to confirm it co-ordinated with Tehran

The Arab spring idealist who died for Isis

Egyptian’s radicalisation a story of despair, say friends

Iraq and Kurds end dispute over oil

Victory for PM Haider al-Abadi and forces confronting Isis

Lebanon claims arrest of Isis chief’s wife

Iraqi woman and child detained at border crossing with Syria

Nato offers resources to fight Isis

Request for assistance would be ‘pushing at an open door’

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