Richard Hall

Richard Hall is The Independent’s Assistant Foreign Editor. He was formerly Middle East Editor of The Daily Star, Beirut.

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Researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation uncovered footage identifying a British gunman known as ‘Abu Abdullah’ killing a prisoner, said to be an Assad supporter

Syria: British citizen appears in ‘war crime’ execution video

A video has surfaced of a man firing a weapon into a captive with his hands bound, violating the Geneva Convention and stoking fears that radicalised Britons could pose a threat at home

Clockwise from top left: Tony Blair with Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2009; at Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt in 2007; with Vladimir Putin in Moscow in 2008; with Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in 2001

From Egypt to Saudi Arabia: The world according to Tony Blair

While most world leaders are happy to ease into less controversial roles upon leaving office, the former Prime Minister has continued to play the statesman, finding some unlikely allies in the global battle against radical Islam

The man takes viewers around his living quarters

British rebel fighter offers rare insight into daily life of foreign jihadists

Abu Abdullah has appeared in a number of similar videos urging British muslims to join him

Still from the released video

British fighters in Syria urge others to join them

Rebel group Isis have released a video urging British citizens' participation

'We have been here longer than a thousand years': Kurdistan's fight for nationhood

The frontiers of Kurdistan, as they were proposed at the Paris Peace conference in 1919, "begin in the north at Ziven, on the Caucasian frontier, and continue westwards to Erzurum, Erzincan, Kemah, Arapgir, Besni and Divick. In the south they follow the line from Harran, the Sinjihar Hills, Tel Asfar, Erbil, Süleymaniye, Akk-el-man, Sinne; in the east, Ravandiz, Başkale, Vezirkale, that is to say the frontier of Persia as far as Mount Ararat."

The confrontation between the more moderate rebels and ISIS was seen by many as inevitable due to the radically different visions they both hold of what a future Syria would look like

Moderate Syrian rebels call for West’s support in fight against al-Qa’ida

The country's civil war within a civil war intensified in several cities

A Syrian man helps an injured man following an airstrike in Aleppo's Maadi neighborhood. Two children were among at least 13 people killed in new air strikes on a rebel-held district

Hundreds killed as Assad pounds Aleppo from the air

Since it began in mid-December, the government’s aerial bombardment has left more than 200 people dead

These shepherds, with their 500-strong flock, were stuck for three days due to the heavy snowfall

Postcard from... Turkey

The coach journey from Diyarbakir to Erbil is an arduous one on the best of days. It takes around 12 hours to travel between the two Kurdish cities in Turkey and Iraq, with regular stops for tea and a lengthy wait on the border.

Two-year-old Zakia plays in the 'Container City' refugee camp at Oncupinar, Turkey, near the town of Kilis on the border between Turkey and Syria. Her mother, Um Zakia, fled to the camp from Jisr al Shugour three years ago. Zakia was born in Turkey

In pictures: The children of the Kilis refugee camp

Teachers inside a Turkish refugee camp for Syrians displaced by the near three-year civil war are becoming increasingly  concerned that images of bloodshed witnessed by children will have a lasting impact.

Two-year-old Zakia plays in the 'Container City' refugee camp at Oncupinar, Turkey, near the town of Kilis on the border between Turkey and Syria. Her mother, Um Zakia, fled to the camp from Jisr al Shugour three years ago. Zakia was born in Turkey

The Syrian children of the Kilis refugee camp: ‘We tell them not to worry, it’s far away, but they get scared’

Teachers inside a Turkish refugee camp for Syrians displaced by the near three-year civil war are becoming increasingly concerned that images of bloodshed witnessed by children will have a lasting impact. Richard Hall reports from Kilis

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