Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Umar al-Shishani describes the US as ‘enemies of Allah and enemies of Islam’

Iraq crisis: Umar al-Shishani - the face at the forefront of the new terror wears a chilling smile

Diplomatic channels: Umar al-Shishani describes the US as ‘enemies of Allah and enemies of Islam’

A picture posted on a militant website reportedly shows jihadists from Isis taking aim at captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes, after taking over a base in Tikrit

Iraq crisis: Isis offensive years in the planning has turned into a bloody, merciless rampage

Islamist attacks bear remarkable similarities to plans of its predecessor in Iraq eight years ago

Vehicles belonging to Iraqi security forces burn following clashes in Mosul

Mosul emergency: US considers sending emergency military aid to Iraq

The US government is considering sending emergency military supplies to Iraq after rebel fighters took control of Mosul, according to senior Western security sources. Supplies including Hellfire missiles and ScanEagle unmanned Drones are expected to be airlifted to the country very soon and more weaponry such as artillery may follow.

Hezbollah and Iran are making Israel appear isolated and divided

Diplomatic Channels: Gen Gantz was making the point that Hezbollah remains the biggest threat to Israel and it has likely improved its capabilities since 2006

People watch as a parachute drop takes place near Ranville, France

D-Day 70th anniversary: ‘People ask if I was afraid. It’s a stupid question’

The Paras’ return to Normandy brought back chilling memories

Ukrainian helicopter gunships opened fire against the rebel-held international airport terminal at Donetsk
This handout picture released by the Poroshenko press service shows Ukrainian independent presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko (L) being greeted by supporters

Ukraine crisis: 'Chocolate King' Petro Poroshenko prefers a whisper to a breakaway

On the day it became clear that Petro Poroshenko – the “Chocolate King” – may well become the next president of Ukraine, he was careful about proposed new sanctions on the Kremlin: “One shouldn’t rush into things. We don’t want to hurt Russia: that is not our aim.”

Residents watch flames from a gas pipe damaged by a mortar bomb during fighting in Slovyansk

Ukraine crisis: The patriotic volunteers of the 'Black Army' who want to save their land only make it more dangerous

Diplomatic Channels: People can see the Donbas slipping away, just like Crimea. They want to do something

Pro-Russian gunmen take their position behind a sign with the word ‘Slovyansk’, at a checkpoint blocking the major highway

Ukraine crisis: Country's richest man steps into the breach to help calm Donbas region

Employees of Rinat Akhmetov have joined police on patrol in Mariupol and have begun to clear up the mess left by the clashes

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Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam