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  1. August 26, 2014

    US deploys drones as it considers air strikes on Isis in Syria

    The US has begun drone flights over Syria as the Pentagon readies military options for President Barack Obama to extend...

  2. August 26, 2014

    Look to Syria to halt the deadly march of Isis

    The US and much of the world have been rudely awakened to the fact that the group formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq...

  3. August 24, 2014

    US journalist freed by al-Qaeda linked group

    An American journalist who was held captive by an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria for nearly two years was released on Sunday....

  4. August 24, 2014

    Isis seizes last military base held by Syrian regime in Raqqa

    Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, seized the Syrian Tabqa military base on Sunday,...

  5. August 24, 2014

    Opaque structure adds to challenge of defeating Isis

    International pressure may be mounting for the west to scale up its military efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and...

  6. August 22, 2014

    We failed in Syria and cannot afford to blink again in Iraq

    As the full horror of events in Iraq dawn on a seemingly unprepared international community, the spectre of last August’s...

  7. August 22, 2014

    Britain should join bombing of Isis in Iraq, says Liam Fox

    Britain should start bombing jihadis in northern Iraq, says former defence secretary Liam Fox, as pressure builds on the...

  8. August 22, 2014

    White House resists Pentagon’s advice on Iraq

    The White House is resisting a decisive shift in tactics in its battle with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant...

  9. August 22, 2014

    Anti-Semitism is a menace to us all

    The bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has generated anger and debate around the world. Many have been...

  10. August 21, 2014

    US signals escalation in Isis fight

    Barack Obama’s top Pentagon adviser says the Islamist militant group in northern Iraq can be defeated only by tackling them...

  11. August 21, 2014

    Erdogan nominates Davutoglu as Turkey’s new PM

    Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has nominated the country’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, as its...

  12. August 21, 2014

    US and allies must join Assad to defeat Isis, warns British MP

    The US and its allies must be prepared to work with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to have any hope of defeating the...

  13. August 21, 2014

    Britain’s problem with jihadism

    The videotaped killing of James Foley, an American journalist, at the hands of a British Islamist militant offers a chilling...

  14. August 21, 2014

    Raid on Syria Isis camp may have been US rescue attempt

    Long before the US acknowledged that its special forces tried and failed to free American hostages in Syria, among them the...

  15. August 21, 2014

    US attempted to free hostages in Syria

    Barack Obama authorised a secret military mission earlier this summer to free US citizens kidnapped by Islamic militants in...

  16. August 20, 2014

    Cameron pledges renewed UK effort against jihadi threat

    Britain must increase its efforts to keep the jihadi threat off its streets, David Cameron said on Wednesday night, as he...

  17. August 20, 2014

    Defeating Isis likely to take years, warn military analysts

    The brutal murder of the American journalist James Foley on Tuesday has gruesomely raised the stakes in the international...

  18. August 20, 2014

    Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York – review

    While other arts institutions spend the dog days playing and napping, the New Museum treats summer as a serious time. It has...

  19. August 20, 2014

    Germany agrees to arm Iraq in break with post-war tradition

    Germany broke with post-war tradition on Wednesday and agreed to supply weapons to Iraq to combat Islamist militants in an...

  20. August 20, 2014

    Iraq crisis: Isis claims to have beheaded US journalist

    Islamist militants claim to have beheaded a man they have identified as James Foley, an American journalist kidnapped in...

  21. August 19, 2014

    The Arab world has to take on Isis in its own backyard

    The Middle East hosts a formidable array of air power. Between them, the six nations of the Gulf Co-operation Council...

  22. August 17, 2014

    Isis continues to make gains in Syria despite pressures in Iraq

    The advances by US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Iraq may comfort those living in the country’s semi-autonomous...

  23. August 15, 2014

    PKK ‘terrorists’ crucial to fight against Isis

    To the west, they are terrorists, yet they are now fighting on the same side as their interests converge with the US in the...

  24. August 14, 2014

    Isis: Armed and dangerous

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis but transformed into the Islamic State since it declared its...

  25. August 14, 2014

    Uncaged demons are tormenting the Middle East

    At the start of this year, shortly after the US and other world powers reached an interim deal with Iran to negotiate...

  26. August 14, 2014

    David Cameron steps up UK response to Iraq crisis

    David Cameron stepped up Britain’s involvement in Iraq as the premier on Wednesday returned early from holiday to take...

  27. August 13, 2014

    Germany prepares military aid for Kurds

    Germany is preparing to deliver military equipment to Iraqi Kurds in a decision that could weaken Berlin’s longstanding ban...

  28. August 13, 2014

    Indonesia prepares for Isis backlash from returning jihadis

    Indonesia is intensifying its counter-terrorism efforts to combat a possible backlash from Indonesians and other southeast...

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    August 13, 2014

    Guest post: turmoil laps around the Gulf, but prospects remain bright

    By John Sfakianakis Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Egypt are all part of a region which has been consumed by anarchy,...

  30. August 12, 2014

    Pro-Isis leaflets distributed in London’s Oxford Street

    Dozens of pro-Isis leaflets were distributed in London’s Oxford Street on Tuesday, urging Muslims to pledge allegiance to...

  31. August 12, 2014

    Parliament must address Iraq crisis

    In 2011 British MPs were recalled from their summer holidays to discuss urban riots breaking out across their country. Last...

  32. August 12, 2014

    Air strikes do little to impede progress of Isis in Iraq and Syria

    US bombs may be falling once more on Iraq, but this week’s dramatic intervention belies a stark truth on the ground: the...

  33. August 12, 2014

    War-weary America has to show its steel in Iraq

    What the world saw last Thursday evening was an American president torn between personal preferences and cold reality. The...

  34. FT Photo Diary

    August 11, 2014

    Injured in Syria

    Rami Zayat/Reuters An injured man reacts at a damaged site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs thrown by forces...

  35. August 10, 2014

    Hillary Clinton takes swipe at Obama over Syria

    Washington’s failure to arm the Syrian rebels contributed directly to the rapid rise of the Islamic militants now taking...

  36. August 10, 2014

    US attempt to aid Kurds may backfire by helping Isis

    Iraq: Air strikes and aid With a handful of powerful air strikes the US has re-entered a battle zone it officially abandoned...

  37. The A-List

    August 9, 2014

    Isis and the promotion of genocidal war

    President Barack Obama’s decision to bomb the forces of Isis (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) – in order to blunt...

  38. August 8, 2014

    Underwriter reviews war zone cover for aircraft

    One of the world’s largest aviation insurers is reviewing whether to provide cover for aircraft in conflict zones after its...

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