Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing

Using words to conceal state terror in the looking glass world of the War on-of Terror

It is our indignation, not that of the Arab world, that torturers fear. We are the bad guys too

You can take Obama’s statement the way he was going to close Guantanamo. Or the way he’s using more drones than Bush ever did

Isn’t it important to realise who our enemies really are?

Muslims, Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Russians, you name it. Not Israel, of course. Nor Americans. Think generational.

Capture of Isis leader’s wife is another murky tale from the pit of marital scandals

Will the Lebanese offer Baghdadi’s wife – if it is her – in return for their own soldiers held captive by Isis?

Iranian pilgrims. Click to enlarge

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Will Israel and the U.S. Republican Party allow Obama to come to terms with Iran?

Isis in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight Islamic State

How many more secrets will we discover in this terrible war? And how many more will never be disclosed?

Isis in Syria: In the shadow of death, a few thousand Christians remain to defy militants

Speaking to Syrian Christian priests, Robert Fisk finds general agreement – that the “Islamic State” is an American “product”, intended to break up the countries of the Middle East.

Isis in Syria: The story of the martyred soldiers who fought 'to the last bullet'

Isis in Syria: The story of the martyred soldiers who fought ‘to the last bullet’

Prisoner beheadings have given opponents incentive to fight. Robert Fisk talks with Syrian Army troops fighting the Islamic militants

What does Isis look like from the air? I buckled up my seat belt and found out

What does Isis look like from the air? I buckled up my seat belt and found out

Robert Fisk gets a bird’s eye tour of Syrian territory held by Islamic militants

US manufactured weapons seized from Islamic fighters. Click to enlarge

How did Islamists receive American weapons?

Robert Fisk reports from the front lines where Syrian rebel forces, now aligned with Isis, are being supplied with U.S. arms

The 200,000 Syrian child refugees forced into slave labour in Lebanon

Robert Fisk on the plight of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon

With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death

Business is booming for arms manufacturers

Hezbollah and their supportersd carry the coffins of fallen comrades through Baalbek. Click to enlarge

Lebanon faces Isis and Nusra incursions – and an influx of refugees

Casualty figures moved between 14 jihadis and three Hezbollah dead, and 16 jihadis with eight Hezbollah dead. But the figures are less important than the implications

Cameron talked the talk at conference. But after the bombing, what then?

What happens if our Kurdish allies and non-existent “moderate” Syrian fighters – described by Vice-President Joe Biden last week as largely “shopkeepers” – don’t overthrow the monstrous “Islamic State”?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?

In this part of the world exchanging captives goes back to the time of the Crusades. So what’s stopping the West?

Islamic State: Assad lures President Obama into his web

A year ago, the US was planning to smash the Syrian regime with bombs and missiles – and now that it wants to smash the Isis regime with bombs and missiles, Syria will exact a price for any assistance Washington seeks

Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple

The Americans found it “counter-productive” to peace, which is probably a bit less forceful than its reaction would be if Mexico were to bite off a 1,000-acre chunk of Texas and decided to build homes there for its illegal immigrants in the US. But this is “Palestine”

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Israel said it must be disarmed. It has not been disarmed. Israel said it must be rooted out. It hasn’t been rooted out and insofar as Israel hasn’t succeeded Hamas has won.

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Are a few thousand armed fighters really able to coerce so many people over such a vast tract of the Middle East?

Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil

With the emergence of the Islamic State few may have mentioned it but it’s still a key factor. Robert Fisk explains