Battle revives Kurds’ nationalist ambitions

Defence of Kobani has become a rallying call for stateless Kurds

Analysis

Iraqi soldiers and Sunni fighters hold a position on the top of a building on the frontine during clashes with Islamic States (IS) fighters on September 17, 2014 in the town of Dhuluiya, some 75 kms (45 miles) north of Baghdad. Elite Iraqi troops backed by US jets battled jihadists near Baghdad as President Barack Obama insisted US ground troops would not be deployed to battle the Islamic State group. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
If the US is to avoid committing troops to its campaign against Isis, Iraq’s army must be reinvented
– Borzou Daragahi

Democracy hopes fade ahead of Tunisia poll

Nine out of 10 people surveyed describe economy as ‘bad’

US accuses allies of buying Isis oil

US Treasury accuses allies of buying smuggled oil

A chance for Islam to unite against Isis

A lack of central authority opens the door to a charismatic leader, writes Hossein Mousavian

Houthi expansion threatens Yemeni strait

Interference with shipping could hit global trade through Suez Canal

Naftali Bennett, economy minister and head of the far-right Jewish Home party during an interview with FT in his office in Jerusalem, October 21, 2014. Photo by Quique Kierszenbaum
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Israeli minister rejects two-state approach

Call for ‘new models’ instead of independent Palestine

Israeli gas: landing the Leviathan

The Leviathan and Tamar fields offer potential, and challenges

Women targeted in Iran power struggle

Attacks part of campaign by hardliners to ‘propagate virtue’

Of shares, fatwas and marriage advice

Clerics have a relentless need to convey religious opinion upon every aspect of people’s lives

Iranians struggle with cost of living

Perception that improvement is not feeding through to real economy

British spy drones to fly over Syria

Aircraft to gather intelligence against Isis fighters

Assad still using chemical arms, say rebels

Syria seen as flouting 2013 deal while world focuses on Isis

Turkey allows Kurds to relieve Kobani

Shift in policy as US drops weapons to city’s defenders

Saudi Arabia keeps the oil market guessing

Opec’s main producer absorbs lower prices to defend market share

Iraq appoints new security chiefs

Sunni and Shia to hold sensitive interior and defence posts

BP-Iran North Sea gasfield to restart

Production was halted because of sanctions

Mind your metadata, Isis warns followers

Manual advises jihadis on cyber blackout to avoid attack

Clashes endanger Turkey-PKK peace process

Violence surges as Kurds attack wrong Islamist militants

Obama pressed to expand war on Isis

Allies urge involvement of US troops in combat in Iraq

Suicide bomb hits anti-Isis group in Syria

Attack on Hazm Movement sends warning to groups considering joining western coalition

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