Stories for: Martin Chulov

Iraq goes to polls with war as an inescapable backdrop

The April 30 election is framed as a vital self-reckoning and a chance for transformation.

We don’t know who is fighting in Syria, say refugees

LUGGING three plastic sacks full of clothes, Abu Mohammad and his three daughters pulled back the wrought iron ...

‘This is a war that we cannot lose’

The commander stuck to the official script that characterises Hezbollah as reluctant saviours of a beleaguered nation.

Rebels claim receiving biggest haul of weapons

BEIRUT: Rebel groups in Syria’s north say they have received their largest shipment of weapons yet, in a fillip to...

Self-interest rules after Morsi’s fall

The fallout from the ousting and detention of Mohamed Morsi continues to polarise Egypt's stakeholders across the...

Syria’s opposition selects Hitto as interim PM

BEIRUT: Syria’s main opposition group has elected an interim prime minster to run what amounts to an administration in exile, tasked with bringing disparate rebel military groups under the control of a credible civilian leadership.

Schisms grow in Syria

A SCHISM is developing in northern Syria between jihadists and Free Syrian Army units, which threatens to pitch both groups against each other and open a new phase in the Syrian civil war.

Syrian rebels capture three military bases in a week

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels’ success in seizing three military bases in less than a week has underscored the growing difficulty faced by Damascus in securing its outposts and stopping a rebel encroachment that has claimed

Blast raises fear of Syrian spillover into Lebanon

LONDON, Oct 20: Wissam al-Hassan knew he was a marked man. Last week, as he briefed Lebanon’s opposition leaders on the case on which he had staked his career, the spy chief told them that assassins were again stalking the country.

Kidnappings raise spectre of civil war in Lebanon

BEIRUT: A country born out of crisis and hewn ever since by uncertainty takes a lot to unsettle. But more than 20 years after its civil war ended, Lebanon is again being forced to confront one of its most pervasive

Annan exit dashes hopes for success of diplomacy

ANTAKYA (Turkey): Gun battles rocked the streets of Aleppo on Thursday as rebel groups tried to push from their stronghold in the south of the city. Meanwhile, diplomatic hopes for a resolution to the crisis were

Dangers of power vacuum in Iraq

THE day after Iraq's Al Qaeda affiliate warned that it was readying for a new offensive, a new offensive came. The co-ordinated attacks - around 30 in total - shattered the government narrative that the terror group has been defeated.

Is this the beginning of the end?

THE road to Damascus had been the Syrian opposition’s most difficult journey. Now, after one decisive and deadly strike, the world’s oldest capital appears in reach.

Syrian fighter pilot lands in Jordan, asks for asylum

AMMAN, June 21: A Syrian fighter pilot has landed in Jordan and asked for asylum, authorities in Amman have confirmed.

Big players shed qualms about arming Syrian rebels

ON Monday, Qatar`s prime minister declared his state`s intent to start helping the Syrian opposition “by all means”, including giving them weapons

Mission to Syria ‘a farce’, says Arab League official

LONDON: An Arab League official has launched a scathing attack on the regional body`s mission to Syria, claiming it has been powerless to prevent `multiple crimes against humanity` from being committed by troops loyal to the regime of

Parting gifts to Iraq

THE US departure has led to one of the biggest movements of troops and equipment of modern times and one of the biggest fire sales.

New wave of violence

A WAVE of targeted attacks on soldiers, police, traffic officers and senior officials is steadily picking off the...

Obama leaving Iraq to the wolves: Tariq Aziz

BAGHDAD Saddam Hussein`s loyal deputy, Tariq Aziz, has accused Barack Obama of “leaving Iraq to the wolves” by...

An environmental disaster

MORE than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels of radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war...


Relief for terror victims

Learning curve

Nuclear normalcy

Train to Pakistan: 2014


ISI and media infighting

MQM in government again

Men planning families

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