Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is a multiple award-winning journalist on the Middle East, based in Beirut.

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Closer integration with Central Asia and China would boost Iran’s tourist industry, which is already booming in shrine cities such as Qom

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Iran’s crisis – our crisis with Iran, if you like – is about that great and historic nation’s future geo-strategic role in the Middle East and Southeast Asia

A member of Syria’s National Defence Force, a militia which has united some Muslim and Christian tribes in the fight against Isis

Isis in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight Islamic State

Syria’s army cannot hold all the ground it takes from Isis or other Islamist groups. Hence the existence of the NDF.

Some of the 3000 Syrian Kurds, supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party

War with Isis: The forgotten, plucky Kurds under siege in their enclave on Syria’s border with Turkey

Robert Fisk visits Rumeilan, where its people strive to extract oil, produce asphalt and continue the struggle against the Islamist militants

Ilana Hacho were Malek Aissa married in a church that was only half full

Isis in Syria: In the shadow of death, a few thousand Christians remain to defy militants

At a wedding in Qamishli, distraught priests tell Robert Fisk of the persecution that has brought their Church to its knees

The Syrian soldiers have seen the treatment received by captured comrades at the hands of Islamist enemies

Isis in Syria: The story of the martyred soldiers who fought 'to the last bullet' to avoid the fate of captured comrades beheaded by militants

Syrian forces have retaken 20 miles of territory in the north-east, inspired to fight to the death in some cases for fear of the consequences of capture

The Armenian church in Deir el-Zour after the attack by Isis

Jabhat al-Nusra blows up Armenian church in Deir el-Zour: A savage blow that echoes through Armenian history

Islamists’ destruction of a shrine to the victims of genocide marks the latest chapter in a tragic national history. Robert Fisk reports from Qamishli, north-eastern Syria

An image grab taken from a video released by Isis purportedly showing aerial footage of the town of Kobani

What does the Isis heartland look like from the skies? I buckled up my seat belt to find out

Oil pumps, anti-aircraft guns and long-range artillery reveal the jihadist machine at work

Robert Fisk flew from Damascus to Qamishli

What does Isis look like from the air? I buckled up my seat belt and found out

From the air, the Isis heartland stretches out in a grey-black desert while smoke plumes from the sky

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In Assad's Syria, death notices litter the walls - and life goes on

Driving along roads that cost many lives to capture, Robert Fisk sees hasty monuments to dead soldiers of a state that was once a pariah

How did Islamists receive American weapons? See the evidence from guided missile that exploded near Syrian front line

Exclusive: Soldiers near Mediterranean coast tell of daily missile attacks

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