Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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The Barnabas Fund has bought tents left behind in Helmand by the British military

MoD sells charity huge army tents for Iraqis fleeing Isis, but RAF won’t fly it there

Refugees out in the cold despite Barnabas Fund paying £450,000 for shelter to get them through winter

Peter Kassig, a convert to Islam, founded a relief aid NGO

Ransoms are a price worth paying to save the lives of heroes like Peter Kassig

Governments should reconsider whether there is the need for some flexibility in their stance

Police officers outside a house in Desborough Avenue, High Wycombe after four men were arrested in connection with an alleged Islamist terror plot

Terror arrests ahead of Remembrance Day

Police have arrested four men on suspicion of allegedly plotting to carry out a terrorist attack, which security sources say may have been imminent.

The staff of GHCQ make a poppy in the body’s headquarters in Cheltenham last month

Like it or not, the web provides a space to plan terror

"Censoring material doesn’t mean it’s the end of the message being disseminated"

Muammar Gaddafi

Libya, from Arab Spring to Islamist Autumn

Diplomatic Channels

Sir John Sawers spent five years as chief at the British Secret Intelligence Services Headquarters

I'm proud to hand over reins of a more modern MI6, says 'C'

Sir John Sawers is stepping down as head of the intelligence service after five turbulent years and the emergence of the new terror threat presented by Isis in Iraq and Syria. Kim Sengupta looks back over his five-year tenure

Sebastian Socodo (in charge of cemetery maintenance) walks among the tombstones at the Argentine cemetery in the Falkland Islands

Argentina's Falklands minister: ‘There is absolutely no chance of another invasion’

Argentina’s Malvinas Secretary explains the UK does not need to maintain a costly garrison there

The last Union Flag flying above Helmand Province is lowered by Captain Matthew Clark, left, and Warrant Officer John Lilley

The last exit: The Union flag is lowered, British troops depart, and Afghanistan’s next chapter begins

After the last of the troops leave, the population left behind will be hoping that the West, facing a new conflict in Syria and Iraq, keeps its promises to Afghanistan, writes Kim Sengupta

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What’s Putin’s war game? A Russian sub in Swedish waters has slipped away into the sea...leaving recriminations in its wake

Russia’s neighbours fear the suspected submarine in Swedish waters signals a turn to more assertive tactics by Putin

Isis has made huge profits from captured oilfields

War on Isis: US 'planning to bomb oil pipelines' to halt jihadists' funding

Islamic State believed to be making $2m a day in illicit oil sales

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