article 07 November 2014 World, Pakistan
Bin Laden
Who shot Osama bin Laden?

Members of the US navy Seal team that killed Osama bin Laden at his hideout in 2011 are making conflicting claims about who actually shot the al-Qaeda leader.

post 31 October 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog Hostages for fortunes: why governments still pay terror ransoms

Terrorist kidnapping and extortion is now a multi-million pound industry, according to a UN report - and the average value of a foreign hostage is 1.7m.

article 26 October 2014 World, Afghanistan
British troops end combat operations in Afghanistan
British troops end combat operations in Afghanistan

British and US forces formally conclude their military involvement in Afghanistan - but after so much bloodshed, is this really 'mission accomplished'?

video 26 September 2014 UK, Iraq

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Does US need UK to intervene in Iraq? - video

George Galloway MP says that west should strengthen Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, but not take direct action. US Ambassador Matthew Barzun says it is a world fight.

article 24 September 2014 World, Syria
Pentagon speech
Air strikes in Syria hit Khorasan group - but who are they?

When President Obama announced that US and Arab warplanes had begun strikes against IS in Syria, he also said the US strikes had targeted the little-known Khorasan group. But who are they?

article 20 September 2014 UK, Iraq
Muslim leaders condemn Islamic State's Alan Henning threats

The kidnap and threatened murder of British aid worker Alan Henning by Islamic State (IS) militants is not permissible under sharia law, prominent Muslim clerics have warned.

post 11 September 2014
Read more from Jon on Snowblog Our obligation to the memory of the victims of 9/11

Have we learned from 9/11? From my own experience reporting sporadically across the region for over three decades, my fear is that we have not.

post 26 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Neither dawn nor dignity in Libya

Libya's rival factions are called Dawn and Dignity. But fighting means it has little chance of achieving the new dawn or the life of dignity the 2011 revolution promised.

article 26 August 2014 World, United States
by Is US more resistant to radicalisation than UK?

At least 500 Britons are thought to have taken up arms in Syria and Iraq, while only a dozen American-born nationals have been identified as Islamic State fighters. What is behind the difference?