Ranj Alaaldin

Ranj Alaaldin is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Doctoral Researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he focuses on Iraq and the Middle East. He previously specialised in the law of armed conflict and the use of force.

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A picture taken from the Turkish side of the border in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, shows a Turkish solider standing as smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane

Turkey's bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq is the last thing we need in the fight against Isis

President Erdogan is trying to destroy one of the rare success stories of the Syria conflict

Isis fighters have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city to obstruct the assault

Iraq has begun its campaign to rid itself of Isis — and it must go all out

If Iraqis want to push Isis out of the north, the jihadists cannot be given any chance to rebuild

Kurds celebrate as they drive along a street in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on January 26, 2015

Isis has finally been defeated in Kobani — but what happens next?

There's so much to learn from the victory of a small but determined group of Kurds

Iraqi volunteer fighters celebrate the breaking of the jihadist siege on the Shiite town of Amerli on September 1, 2014

Bombs can't defeat Isis, but Iraq's Sunnis can

The new Iraqi government has an unmissable opportunity to unite its people against the jihadists before they tear the country apart

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters look on as smoke billows from the town Makhmur, about 175 miles north of the capital Baghdad, during clashes with Isis militants

If Iraq is to survive, then it must be divided into separate regions

It is no coincidence that country's most stable areas are those where security and governance are in the hands of locally supported groups

File image: Bashar al-Assad has given his first American TV interview in two years, and denied his regime was behind the Damascus chemical weapons attack

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The West should pursue its initial course of punitive strikes

Iraqis inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's impoverished district of Sadr City last month

Blame Iraq, not America, for sectarian civil war

Iraqi society is as polarised as ever. The ongoing battles over its future shape show that the country's divisions long pre-dated the Western invasion of a decade ago

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