After entering Aleppo with Russia’s help, the Syrian army may set its sights on Raqqa

Having lost up to 60,000 soldiers in five years of fighting, the Syrian Army has scored its greatest victory yet. Robert Fisk explains

Netanyahu thinks mild Ban Ki-moon incites terror

I suspect that it was Ban’s comment about the Jewish colonisation of Arab land that the Israeli Prime Minister didn’t like. Hence Netanyahu’s claims that Ban’s “inciting terror”

‘Regrettable’ is as far as our criticism of Saudi Arabia is allowed to go

Lucrative weapons contracts help keep British criticism of Saudi Arabia restrained and ensure double-standards regarding beheadings

Saudi Arabia’s executions were worthy of Isis

So will David Cameron and the West now stop their grovelling to its oil-rich monarchs?

Afghan Security forces defeated by Taliban fighters in southern Helmand province. Click to enlarge

You won’t hear it, but news from Afghanistan is bad

General John F Campbell, the US commander of Western forces in Afghanistan, has admitted there could be as many as 5,000 ISIS fighters in the country

Why is Indonesia not in the Saudi-led Sunni coalition against terror?

Why is Indonesia not in the Saudi-led Sunni coalition against terror?

Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, is not included. Nor is Iran. Nor Iraq or Syria

The former wife of the Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (on right) was one of 13 prisoners handed over in return for 16 Lebanese security forces Al Jazeera. Click to enlarge

Is David Cameron planning to include al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra in his group of ‘70,000 moderates?’

A prisoner swap prompts Robert Fisk to wonder if Cameron is trying to reassure the ISIS affiliates sponsors?

Protest in London against proposed bombing campaign in Syria. Click to enlarge

David Cameron, there aren’t 70,000 moderate fighters in Syria

– and whoever heard of a moderate with a Kalashnikov, anyway?

Francois Hollande’s ‘war’ with Isis won’t stand in the way of France’s arms deals with Saudi Arabia

France may have declared war on Isis but that won’t stop lucrative Western arms deals with the militant’s Saudi godfathers

Tony Blair didn’t see the people, he saw the policies – which is why he chose war

Despite his belated apology Blair still has the hallmark of a psychopath about him. In that he seems unable to grasp the full extent of the harm he’s caused

Everyone wrote off the Syrian army. Take another look now

Earlier this year, we may remember, Syria’s army was being written off, the Assad government was said to be reaching its final days. With Russian help however, it’s back on its feet and fiercer than ever

Syrian refugees passing on the Syrian side of the border crossing Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey

In treating needy refugees like invaders, we risk losing our humanity

Good intentions alone are not enough. Without informed direction even the best of intentions will flounder and ultimately backfire.

David Cameron is failing to PR himself in the Middle East. Maybe he should start looking closer to home

You can never be sure of David Cameron’s next blunder in the Middle East

David Cameron extremism speech: The PM’s Churchillian posturing over Syria is misguided

Robert Fisk helps perpetuate an illusion while, partially, informing us

However the great and good represent it, America has now taken the Shia side in the Middle East’s sectarian war

Robert Fisk on how some will view the nuclear agreement with Iran

Israeli disinformation sullies a rare moment of wartime compassion

For years, the Israelis have used this wartime operation to justify their mass killing of civilians – a constant feature of every Israeli attack on Arab cities

America siding with ‘terrorists’ like al-Nusra? It’s not a conspiracy theory

The more honest members of the mainstream media now openly acknowledge that many “conspiracies” are real after all

Syrian civil war: Can Assad’s regime survive the onslaught from Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra?

In the face of a determined onslaught from militants the fighting in Syria looks set to go on … and on

Canada’s plan to make boycotting Israel a ‘hate crime’

Canada’s premier Stephen Harper on record as saying that criticism of Israel can be a form of “anti-Semitism”

Dubai. Click to enlarge

The Emirates’ out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

In the 21st century armies of cheap labour from southern Asia are toiling to build Abu Dhabi’s gleaming towers