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With Iraq riven by sectarianism and corruption, don’t expect any public statements from today’s London meeting of anti-IS nations to bear much relationship to reality on the ground.
Goodluck Jonathan has acted as if Boko Haram is a minor irritant rather than an existential threat. It may be his greatest misjudgment.
The attack, thought to be the deadliest in Boko Haram’s history, saw the town largely razed to the ground as hundreds and possibly as many as two thousand civilians were killed.
It’s startling to hear someone advocate all out warfare: no negotiations with Iran, a campaign to defeat Assad by military means, faith in a “moderate” opposition.
What is wrong with us? While people and governments give generously to appeals for the victims of earthquakes and disease, they balk when it comes to those fleeing conflict.
A chorus of concern is growing at the prospect of David Cameron’s former Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley being put forward for a senior humanitarian role at the United Nations.
As world powers struggle to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme, Republicans in the US could prove the biggest obstacle to an agreement.
Will a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme lead to rapprochement between the US and the Islamic state after 35 years of enmity?
The video is horrific, but it provides intelligence services with clues about how IS leaders think, critically important for those seeking more effective ways to defeat this death cult.