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A shipment of 84 tonnes of personal protective equipment has arrived in the UK from Turkey, amid mounting criticism of the government's coronavirus response.

UK considers deploying drones to the Gulf

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UK considers deploying drones to the Gulf

The UK's Royal Air Force, which has a number of Reaper drones based in nearby Kuwait, could deploy drones to the Gulf, local media reported on Monday.

Civilian casualties of anti-Islamic State campaign shouldn't be downplayed

Paul Iddon

Civilian casualties of anti-Islamic State campaign shouldn't be downplayed

Comment: Downplaying the number of civilian deaths caused by coalition airstrikes taints the military victory over the Islamic State, writes ...

UK claims IS airstrikes killed just one civilian

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UK claims IS airstrikes killed just one civilian

RAF airstrikes in Syria and Iraq killed just one civilian, according to the UK ministry of defence, a figure that is being challenged ...

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UK to withdraw RAF fighter jets operating in Syria

The UK is reducing its air fleet in Iraq, which has been used in air strikes in Syria.

Hadani Ditmars

Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers and its meaning today

The lullaby sung by young Mary to her son Jesus about the fate that awaits him brings to mind the mothers of Yemen, Syria and Palestine, who ...

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Britain intensifies strikes against IS, says fight 'not over'

The RAF had its busiest month since February, targeting IS command posts, tunnel networks and weapons caches in Syria.

Sadek Hamid

A Long Jihad: My Quest For The Middle Way

Book Club: Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari's memoir offers a reflection of British Muslim engagement at the highest levels of British public life and ...

Qatar and UK form joint fighter jet squadron

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Qatar and UK form joint fighter jet squadron

The UK's ministry of defence has announced the formation of a new joint Typhoon squadron with Qatar that will begin flying in 2020.

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Britain admits killing Syrian civilian in IS airstrike

A civilian was unintentionally killed by a British airstrike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, London admitted on Wednesday.

Syria airstrikes: What happened and why?

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Syria airstrikes: What happened and why?

Syria has been hit by a series of airstrikes by a US-led force. What happened, what were the targets, what was the damage, and why did it take ...

Qatar’s farewell to the GCC?

Stasa Salacanin

Qatar’s farewell to the GCC?

The prospect of Qatar leaving the six-state GCC bloc and pursuing an independent path is becoming a more realistic scenario as the Gulf crisis ...

UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais border security

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UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais border security

Border security, counter-terrorism, aid and the Bayeux Tapestry are on the agenda for Thursday's meeting between the French and British leaders

Airstrike civilian-fatalities doubled in 2017, driven by Iraq, Syria

Charlie Hoyle

Airstrike civilian-fatalities doubled in 2017, driven by Iraq, Syria

The huge increase in airstrikes and civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria was driven by US-led military operations to defeat the Islamic State ...

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Detained neo-Nazi terror suspects 'serving British Army soldiers'

Four members of the banned National Action neo-Nazi group, who were arrested on terror offences, were found to be serving members of the British army, reports reveal.

Pierre Fabiani

Can Gulf states ever cooperate over oil production?

Comment: Cooperating to develop shared oil fields could aid diplomacy, but the absence of mutual trust means 'unitisation' has not yet been a ...

Hadani Ditmars

Jihad for Civilisation, from the Tigris to the Thames

Blog: The parallels between life in Iraq and the UK can be striking, writes Hadani Ditmars.

The New Arab

UK bombs Syria, Iraq nearly every day in 2017

The UK bombed Iraq and Syria 69 out of 99 days in 2017 as part of military operations against IS, dropping 216 bombs and missiles on both ...

UK leader makes controversial push for Turkey trade deal UK leader makes controversial push for Turkey trade deal

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UK leader makes controversial push for Turkey trade deal

UK Prime Minister Theresa May landed in Turkey on Saturday to meet President Erdogan to discuss post-Brexit trade deals and the fight against ...

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Qatar charities hope to bring 'warm winter' to refugees

Four leading Qatari charities are hoping to bring some warmth and relief to thousands of refugees forced from their homes due to the region's ...

British MPs call for 'no bombing' zones in Syria

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British MPs call for 'no bombing' zones in Syria

In memory of their slain colleague Jo Cox, 30 Labour MPs urge the British government to establish no bomb zones around hospitals in Syria

Despite the evidence, Russia denies hurting Syrian infant Omran

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Despite the evidence, Russia denies hurting Syrian infant Omran

Russia has denied bombing a Syrian boy's home who captured the heart of the world, despite evidence from witnesses, activists and human rights ...

Corbyn and the left's misguided foreign policy

Sam Hamad

Corbyn and the left's misguided foreign policy

Comment: Jeremy Corbyn's hostility to the Syrian revolution lies in a foreign policy rooted in Stalinism, and the subversion of "leftist ...

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