Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is The Independent’s multiple award-winning Middle East correspondent, based in Beirut

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Syrian soldiers intend to hold on to territory in the Orontes river valley

Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

Robert Fisk speaks to a colonel confidently preparing his men for battle at Frikeh in the Orontes river valley where Assad's troops were besieged just last month

Sahar Qanbar with her grandmother

Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her in Latakia

Fighters from the Al-Nusra Front
Fighters from the Al-Nusra Front

There’s method in the madness of Isis’s cultural vandalism

The more antiquities appear to be threatened, the more the mafias can charge for their booty

Tony Blair’s time as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU has come to an end

Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – Blair’s appointment was an insult

Osama bin Laden

Suddenly it looks like we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive

Who’s left if we want to negotiate with Isis?

Canada's plan to make boycotting Israel a 'hate crime' is stupid and counterproductive

The law change would put Jews and civil society groups on trial for anti-Semitism

Trains have been left to rust in Tripoli

Despite regional conflict, Lebanon is planning to become a railway powerhouse once again

Amid regional uncertainty Beirut has the chance to revive its steam-age role as a key transit hub

The grave of the murdered former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, killed by a car bomb in 2005, which attracted frenzied crowds

Rafiq Hariri tribunal: Was the former Lebanon PM's assassination the work of Syria's President Assad?

A special tribunal at The Hague has heard dramatic new evidence apparently linking the Syrian regime with the 2005 killing of Lebanon's former leader – and it concurs chillingly with what Robert Fisk was told at the time

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Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
Fifa corruption: Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

Strip Qatar of the World Cup? Not likely

But if a real smoking gun is found, that might change things, says Tom Peck
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Tyrannosaurus wrecked?

Twenty two years on, Jurassic Park faces questions over accuracy
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The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
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Mother’s genes play key role in decision to start a family

Study's findings suggest that human fertility is still evolving
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Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
England can win the Ashes – and Elvis Presley will present the urn

England can win the Ashes – and Elvis will present the urn

In their last five Test, they have lost two and drawn two and defeated an India side last summer who thought that turning up was competing, says Stephen Brenkley
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
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The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
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The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
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Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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