Tensions have been building for the best part of a year, serious skirmishes broke out in June – and America is nowhere to be seen.
It isn’t obvious that his foreign policy has been less effective than George W.Bush’s activism or Obama’s passivity. But what’s his aim here?
“Does he know of any policy decision by any ally which has so undermined our security partnership and empowered our enemies?” “No…”
The UK’s role is limited, as we will not and cannot put our own people into this theatre – but we must do what we can.
Turkey appears to assume that their opponents will flee. But if they’ve nowhere to go, they’ll have no alternative but to fight.
I’m glad to see we’ve now had the guts to stop a tanker we believe is smuggling Iranian oil in defiance of sanctions on Syria.
Turkey’s strongman is far from all-powerful, and he is risking an almighty backlash.
The attack is a salutary reminder that all terrorists, by definition, believed in something and have a cause.
A key moral from the case of Shamima Begum is that we need better information both to protect and prosecute.
I hope that, one day, it is no longer just an autonomous region in Iraq, but gets the independence it deserves.
Let’s remember that they bravely fought extremism for themselves, and to help keep our streets safe too. It’s reasonable to ask if Iraq is becoming a failed state.
A new, diplomatically-phrased but still damning enquiry by the Foreign Affairs Committee throws light on the Government’s failures.
They offer the best chance to maintain influence in Syria to counter Moscow, but the question of their ongoing conflict with Turkey must be addressed.
It won’t be easy but regional powers can make it happen if they make the right choices.
Iraq may be a voluntary union in theory, but in practice it is sectarian, over-centralised, and coercive.