post 05 November 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog UK's Iraq deployment - thin end of wedge?

A few dozen UK soldiers are going to train Iraqis, but if a third country can be found to host a bigger training programme, many more might be heading abroad to boost Iraqi expertise.

article 27 September 2014 World, Bahrain
UK jets hit Islamic State in Iraq
UK fighter jets fly into Iraq on combat mission

British Tornado fighter jets fly into Iraq ready to carry out air strikes against the Islamic State group, but the Ministry of Defence says no targets were hit in the first approved combat operation.

article 24 September 2014 UK, Jordan
Abu Qatada walks free from prison in Jordan (Reuters)
Abu Qatada cleared of terror charges in Jordan

Abu Qatada, the radical Islamic preacher deported from Britain after an eight-year legal battle, is released from prison after being found not guilty of terrorism offences.

article 23 September 2014 UK, Qatar
US air strikes in Syria - Q&A

In the early hours of the morning, US air strikes targeted Islamic State and other Islamist groups in Syria for the first time. Channel 4 News asks whether it is legal, and where it might end.

post 04 September 2014
Read more on Matt's blog: Matt Frei Ukraine and Islamic State crises give Nato new purpose

The threats from Islamic State and the Russian intervention in Ukraine have changed the mood at the Nato summit as leaders face a dangerous new world reality.

post 26 June 2014
Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog Abu Qatada's acquittal is a sign of difficult times in Jordan

Radical cleric Abu Qatada is acquitted of charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism - but the verdict has not been seen as a surprise in Jordan.

article 26 June 2014 World, Jordan
Abu Qatada (Reuters)
Abu Qatada acquitted of terrorism conspiracy charge

Jordan's state security court acquits radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada of charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

article 23 June 2014 UK, Jordan
Kerry promises 'intense and sustained' US help for Iraq
Kerry promises 'intense and sustained' US help for Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US will not delay in helping Iraq defeat the Isis insurgency.

article 11 January 2014 World, Jordan
Ariel Sharon in 1973 (Reuters)
Ariel Sharon: soldier, statesman or war criminal?

Loathed by Palestinians and a divisive figure in Israel, Ariel Sharon played a part in six decades of conflict in the Middle East.