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.
The Kurds’ desire for greater autonomy is understandable, but this is not the time to propose independence.
The Kurds have proved to be staunch allies against Daesh, and their forthcoming referendum will help them protect both themselves and us.
He has at every stage seized the initiative and outplayed – then persecuted – his opponents.
We persist in chasing the symptoms of problems in Iraq, rather than trying to work out the root causes – thus aiding the growth of Iranian power.
The Stratford MP and ConservativeHome columnist is now banned from visiting his sons at Princeton, despite being a British citizen.