Islamic terrorist "Jihadi John". Image: BBC News screengrab
Islamic State terrorist “Jihadi John” identified as British man Mohammed Emwazi
By Anna Leszkiewicz - 26 February 11:55

Friends have identified the Islamic State member, who has beheaded several hostages, as Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi from West London.

Isis fighters parade through Mosul in June 2014. Photo: Associated Press
John Simpson: Isis is losing in Iraq
By John Simpson - 25 February 9:48

The Iraqi city of Mosul was taken over by Islamic State last summer – but now the government forces are pushing back.

In defence of soft power: why a “war” on terror will never win
By Hamed El-Said - 24 February 14:36

The recent rise in global terrorism is alarming, but it also reaffirms the failure of our purely hard military approach to counter the phenomenon.

Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt attends a UN security council briefing on Libya in New York, January 2015. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Image
Egypt’s long war against terror intensifies as Islamic State proves its military clout
By Sophie McBain - 19 February 14:56

A long, porous border with Libya puts Egypt at risk. Now it is even harder for president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to provide the security his mandate depends on.

Internally displaced Afghan children play cricket in a refugee camp. Photo: SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
Afghanistan at the World Cup
By Tim Wigmore - 19 February 12:23

"Appreciation for Afghanistan’s cricketing achievements is perhaps the only thing that links the government with Taliban forces."

Contemporary omphalos? Dubai airport. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Will Self: The night I was trapped in Dubai Airport
By Will Self - 19 February 12:21

The homogonisisng impulse of McDonald's leads to epiphany.

Bashar al-Assad interview: Jeremy Bowen meets Syria’s great survivor
By Jeremy Bowen - 13 February 12:31

War has been raging in Syria for nearly four years and much of the country is in ruins, yet Bashar al-Assad is still in power. And the view from the presidential palace is brightening.

In Iraqi security officer guards a church. Photo: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
Paradise lost: is Christianity doomed in the Middle East?
By Gerard Russell - 29 January 9:10

A religious revival is just one of the factors leaving Christians deserting the Middle East. Diversity must be upheld.

An Amnesty protest outside the Saudi embassy in the Hague. Photo: Getty
Why we must help to stop the public flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi
By Daniel Wickham - 15 January 18:53

Despite the crackdown at home, Saudi Arabia is angling to present itself as a supporter of free expression abroad.

A Palestinian man wearing a Santa Claus costume is confronted by an Israeli soldier during a demonstration in village near Bethlehem, 19 December. Photo: Getty
If Mary and Joseph tried to reach Bethlehem today, they would get stuck at an Israeli checkpoint
By Mehdi Hasan - 22 December 11:08

Why is it that the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, or countries such as Sudan, has attracted the attention and anger of politicians in the west, yet the Christians of Palestine don’t get a look-in?

Project Martyr: the British doctor who went to work in Syria
By Martin Fletcher - 11 December 13:37

In 2011, Rami Habib, a 43-year-old doctor from Leicester, flew to Syria. Since then, he has watched the revolution against Bashar al-Assad fall apart – but he won’t give up.

The road from Mecca: Saudi Arabia may be the only regional power capable of defeating IS. Photo: Bruno Hadjih/Anzenberger/Eyevine
Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism
By Karen Armstrong - 27 November 10:00

Although IS is certainly an Islamic movement, it is neither typical nor mired in the distant past, because its roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century.

An Assad billboard in the pro-government area of Aleppo. Photo: Getty
Jeremy Bowen: Why I tweet pictures of food from warzones
By Jeremy Bowen - 21 November 10:07

In Damascus, the war seems to have receded, and Bashar al-Assad looks more comfortable than ever.

An Ottoman Piatsre (Sultan Selim III, 1789) and a Maria Theresa Thaler (later restrike of the 1780 coin). Photo: James Dawson
When it comes to coins, Isis is clearly not as good as gold
By James Dawson - 19 November 15:30

A plan by the terrorist organisation to issue its own currency – in gold – reveals a further attempt to play on the history of the early Caliphs.

Writing on the wall: Ifthekar Jaman in Syria, next to a stencil reading: "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham". He was killed in December 2013
From Portsmouth to Kobane: the British jihadis fighting for Isis
By Shiraz Maher - 06 November 10:00

What motivates the young men who leave Britain to join the murderous fanatics of Isis in the Middle East? Shiraz Maher spoke to dozens of them inside Syria to find out.

Echoing Roosevelt: Matthew Barzun greets President Obama at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on the eve of a NATO summit in Wales, 3 September. Photo: Getty
Matthew Barzun: Despite ebola and Isis, could it be that we are living in the best of times?
By Matthew Barzun - 23 October 10:00

Why are we intent on fixing our lens on the chaotic? And why do we insist on trying to weave a grand narrative out of mostly unrelated things? asks the US Ambassador to Britain. 

People watch from the Turkish-Syria border as Kurdish fighters in the city of Kobani fight Islamic State militants. Photo: Getty
Why arming the Kurds is the only option – even for anti-war progressives in the west
By Mehdi Hasan - 23 October 9:55

These Kurdish units, which include all-women militias, have to all intents and purposes become the last line of defence against the genocidal fanatics of Islamic State.

Watching and waiting: tanks outside Kobane, where Islamic State forces are ballting Syrian Kurds. Photo: Ibrahim Erikan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Islamic State can be beaten
By John Simpson - 19 October 8:51

The jihadis are fighting on several fronts in two countries – and reports say that demoralised western recruits are increasingly repulsed by the atrocities they have witnessed.

High tension: peshmerga near their base at Makhmur, south of Erbil. Photo: Rex Features
A voice for Kurdistan: an encounter with Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
By Sophie McBain - 16 October 10:00

As high representative of the Kurdistan regional government (KRG) to the UK, Abdul Rahman has been lobbying for greater intervention against Islamic State/Isis militants in Iraq for months.

Yemeni supporters of the Shia Huthi movement carry the coffins of comrades who died during recent fighting, Sanaa, 26 September. PHOTO: GETTY
War without end: 12 years of US drone strikes in Yemen
By Iona Craig - 16 October 10:00

The “Yemen model” is one of perpetual violence. The limits of what can be done in the name of “counterterrorist” action often appear boundless.

An aerial view of the Zaatari camp in Jordan, home to 80,000 refugees. Photo: Getty
Life as an orphan in a plastic tent city, bombing Iraq (again) and keeping my “Juslim” name
By Jemima Khan - 03 October 13:10

Jemima Khan writes from Jordan on the Syrian refugee crisis.

A young journalist, carrying a camera and a gun, walks down a street in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Getty
How do journalists keep themselves safe in warzones?
By Vicky Baker - 02 October 17:26

More exposure is needed on what is going on behind the scenes of foreign reporting – between the bylines, when the cameras stop rolling.

An RAF Tornado fighter jet, part of a force participating in airstrikes against Isis. Photo: Getty
Leader: On intervention in Iraq
By New Statesman - 02 October 14:11

Our involvement is a small admission of culpability for the condition of Iraq.

A member of the Freedom Party of Kurdistan (PAK) keeps a position in Dibis, 50km northwest of Kirkuk. Photo: Getty
Despite western promises, these jihadists won’t be “squeezed out of existence” so easily
By Jonathan Rugman - 02 October 13:22

Jonathan Rugman on the west’s distinctions between “good Kurds” and “bad Kurds”.

An Iraqi-Kurdish woman and her child cross the border into Turkey after fleeing Kobane. Photo: Getty
“We needed to escape before they slaughtered our girls”
By Danielle Spencer - 30 September 16:16

On 16 September, the northern Syrian town of Kobane came under siege. Since then, reports state that more than 150,000 refugees have flooded into Turkey.

Obama is the fourth successive US president to order air strikes on Iraq. Photo: Getty
US air strikes on Isis add fuel to extremist ideologies
By Shiraz Maher - 25 September 16:56

The US risks amplifying the message that IS and similar groups have been trying to spread for years.

Forced out: Syrian Kurds fleeing IS cross the border into Turkey, 20 September. Photo: Getty
Assad’s men and the rebels agree on one thing: Islamic State is a danger to them all
By Jeremy Bowen - 25 September 10:00

The war in Syria is made of several smaller wars that sometimes run in parallel and sometimes cross over, like railway junctions on the express to hell.

In poverty-stricken areas of easter Afghanistan, girls are too often the ones at risk. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
Being a gynaecologist in Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world
By Horia Mosadiq - 24 September 12:56

A doctor in Afghanistan is using her medical training to provide healthcare and other support to women – at great risk to herself and her family.

An Iraqi-Kurdish fighter at a checkpoint west of Arbil. Photo: Getty
The first “war on terror” was a failure. Do we really need a sequel?
By Mehdi Hasan - 18 September 12:24

Just because there are no good options in Iraq doesn’t mean we have to pick the worst option.

Islamic State video shows beheading of British aid worker David Haines
By Sophie McBain - 14 September 10:12

The Islamic State video appears to show the killing of a third Western hostage, aid worker David Haines, and ends with the warning that another British person will be next.

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