Understandably, and commendably, US president Mr Trump wants his troops out of Afghanistan and back home before he runs for a second term next year. His Mexican Wall has not been built; North Korea is still a potential nuclear power; he has not succeeded in repatriating jobs; his promise to cut the US trade deficit has been broken — it’s at a record high; federal debt has soared; and the Washington swamp, far from being drained, has been replenished. Ending an 18-year-long war that has been so costly in blood and treasure, 220,000 lives and €875bn, would be a notable tick in the credit column.
Thu, 15 Aug, 2019
The CIA's release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has again raised questions about Iran's support of the extremist network leading up to the September 11 terror attacks.
Thu, 02 Nov, 2017
Not all countries in the Middle East aspire to a western-style democratic model and it is this misunderstanding of people’s needs that has led to the inexorable rise of IS, writes
Sat, 02 Jul, 2016
Paris was under siege and France was shutting its borders last night after a series of explosions and deadly shootings claimed the lives of up to 60 people, causing mayhem and panic throughout the French capital.
Sat, 14 Nov, 2015
Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, a further sign of the rapid internationalisation of a civil war in which every major country in the region has a stake.
Fri, 02 Oct, 2015
The rise of Islamic State (IS) and extremists’ capacity to “reach” into homes means Britain faces a “very different” threat today than it did at the time of the July 7, 2005, London bombings, the country’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has said.
Tue, 07 Jul, 2015
Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, days after capturing a provincial capital in neighbouring Iraq, hinting at the momentum of the group, which a monitor says holds half of Syrian territory.
Fri, 22 May, 2015
The agony of the families of a captured journalist and fighter pilot is continuing after a sunset deadline for a possible prisoner swap allegedly set by their Islamic State (IS) kidnappers passed with no clue whether they are still alive.
Fri, 30 Jan, 2015