Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Former Taliban fighters are photographed holding weapons before they hand them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Jalalabad last month

Isis in Afghanistan is a disaster waiting to happen

Its black flag has replaced the white ones of the Talibs in a swathe of areas including in Helmand

David Cameron met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko prior to the start of the European Council Summit in Brussels last month

David Cameron talks big but is waving a small stick at the Russian bear

Diplomatic Channels: Some believe Mr Cameron’s desire to jump in over Ukraine came in response to charges that he has become a nonentity in the crisis,

The 27-year-old is believed to have left Britain in 2012

'Jihadi John': Security services defend their record over failure to stop Isis ‘executioner’

With finite resources, this is taking place at the expense of counter-espionage when the Russians and the Chinese are raising their spying game

Abu Sammyh al-Britani, or Kabir Ahmed from Derby, died in a suicide attack last year

Dozens of jihadis in fighting in Syria using the name ‘al-Britani’

The nom de guerre has been taken by many of the 600 Muslims from the UK who have joined groups like Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra

The University of Westminster, where he studied computer programming

'Jihadi John': How much did the security services know about him?

What turned Emwazi into a fighter, and what role the security services played, is now a matter of accusations and recriminations

Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan has been accused of playing the 'Islam card'

Boko Haram in Nigeria: Goodluck Jonathan using fear of Islamists to manipulate election, says opposition

Muhammadu Buhari says the President is exploiting the West’s fear of terrorism to manipulate the voting and carry out a media propaganda blitz

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov leaves the French Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris

Ukraine crisis: Diplomats convene in Paris as fragile ceasefire holds despite isolated attacks

President Putin has declared that a war between Russia and Ukraine is 'unlikely', and again denied Russian troops and arms are in use in the current hostilities

Destroyed Ukrainian army vehicles, missiles and live ammunition litter the road to Artemivsk, outside Debaltseve

Ukraine: Where a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

Diplomatic Channels: One aim of violence is to sow distrust; in this it is succeeding in Odessa

Footage released by the Russian Defence Ministry yesterday shows a Nato jet escorting a Tu-95 Bear bomber of the kind involved in Wednesday’s incident
Footage released by the Russian Defence Ministry yesterday shows a Nato jet escorting a Tu-95 Bear bomber of the kind involved in Wednesday’s incident

Ukraine crisis: Can the UK handle the Bear threat from Russia?

Nato flew no fewer than 400 intercepts last year

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