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article 08 January 2015 World, Jordan
Old lady in the snow at a tented camp for Syrian refugees (Hany)
'Catastrophic' situation in Syria as snowstorm hits

The leader of the Syrian National Coalition opposition group calls for international help as a snowstorm strikes, killing at least five people and bringing misery to thousands.

article 24 December 2014 World, Jordan
Islamic State militants say they have shot down a plane in Syria and taken the Jordanian pilot prisoner. Jordan confirms that one of its pilots is being held.
Islamic State seizes pilot after coalition plane crashes

Islamic State militants say they have shot down a plane in Syria and taken the Jordanian pilot prisoner. Jordan confirms that one of its pilots is being held.

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
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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.