Making a global spectacle of the murder of a western journalist carries a uniquely powerful propaganda message for the jihadists.
The people’s representatives should be able to exercise their democratic role, whether it is convenient for the prime minister or not.
Channel 4 News’s foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Rugman on a dramatic week spent in northern Iraq.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.
Late last night, the militant jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released a video purporting to show the beheading of James Foley, a US journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012. Foley was a fearless, generous and committed reporter, who had also been detained while reporting in Libya.
The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says that Britain’s role in Iraq has extended beyond humanitarian assistance.
When was the most stable time in recent Iraqi history? Most likely it was during the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958.
Attempts to understand the success of Isis in Iraq would benefit from Marxist analysis, since social and economic factors are the key to explaining Sunni Arab support for, and complicity with, the group.
The government would supply weapons to the Kurds fighting extremists in Iraq, if they request arms.
We need reforms to parliament's summer recess in order to address the inevitable annual calls for it to be recalled over the break.