Kim Sengupta

Kim Sengupta is Defence Correspondent at The Independent.

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Turkish army tanks take position near the Syrian border at the end of last month
Smoke rising from Kobani during clashes between Isis and Kurdish fighters

Isis in Kobani: As Turkey declines to intervene, UN envoy says fall of city is likely to lead to a massacre

Turkey’s demands for a buffer zone and a no-fly zone to be set up in Syria as the price for it joining the war against Isis were “not on the front burner” in the strategy being drawn up, a senior US diplomat stressed yesterday.

Rebels fire from behind sandbags on a front line in the al-Amiriya district of Aleppo, Syria

War against Isis: British troops likely to train Syrian rebels nearly three years after similar plan failed

As military action in Iraq continues, UK now seeks to help Free Syrian Army in its fight against both militants and Assad

The UK has carried out its first air strikes in Iraq

Iraq crisis: British jets drop bombs on Isis, helping Kurdish fighters battling the militants

Tornados hit two targets, raising fears for life of hostage Alan Henning

Obama has admitted that his administration underestimated the threat posed by Isis

Syrian air-strikes: Does the US have the foggiest idea who their enemy is?

America's bombing of Jabhat al-Nusra has raised significant concerns over their strategy

Bombers take off to bomb IS

Iraq crisis: Bombers set off for third Iraq conflict in 23 years

RAF to hunt down Isis commanders and convoys
Syrians check a damaged house, reportedly hit by US-led coalition air strikes, in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province

Syria air strikes: The attacks are a severe blow to Isis – but boots on the ground may still be needed

A rising lethal toll from further raids risks support rising for the Islamists

Strikes were carried out by manned air force and navy aircraft (File photo)

Syria air strikes: President Assad now has the enemy he always wanted – Islamist terrorism

These are the very early days of a new and dramatic stage in the civil war

Diplomatic Channels: Each side in Ukraine crisis accuses the other of using foreign fighters. But what is the truth?

It is a key element in the ceasefire agreement signed between Kiev and the separatists last week that all foreign fighters must leave the country

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) group through Al-Furqan Media via YouTube

John Cantlie video hints at Isis’s fear of Western air strikes

The use of the British hostage John Cantlie in a propaganda video without the threat of immediate violence against him shows that Isis is deeply apprehensive about impending Western military strikes, according to more moderate rebel groups in Syria.

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