Robert Fisk

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

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The Mayor of Jerusalem (with walking-stick) had tried to surrender the city to them

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A conqueror shows his respect for the holy city

When Jerusalem surrendered to the British, General Edmund Allenby stage-managed his triumph perfectly

Tony Blair has written a 3,000-word essay in defence of the 2003 invasion

Robert Fisk: Now we see how his doctrine turns enemies into ‘allies’

Assad’s enemies, whom Blair’s bombing of Damascus would have helped, now threaten Iraq

Isis militants take position at a checkpoint on the Syrian-Iraqi border
Young men in Baghdad chant slogans against Isis outside the main army recruiting centre yesterday, where they are volunteering to fight the extremist group

Iraq crisis: Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by Saudi Arabia

Bush and Blair said Iraq was a war on Islamic fascism. They lost

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad run through Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr crossing after their release by rebels. They were freed as part of a larger deal which saw the last remaining Syrian rebels in central Homs city evacuate their positions and free captives in several locations in northern Syria

An audience with ‘the Tiger’ – Bashar al-Assad’s favourite soldier

...and a man you wouldn’t want to cross

A man carries his bag as he walks on the debris of a damaged building which was attacked by a government forces airstrike, in Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo's Sheikh Najjar: The death of a once-rich city

Al-Qaeda City was an industrial zone, a vast plain of concrete and stone factories and cattle sheds and homes 10 miles north east of Aleppo, and when Bashar al-Assad’s army crashed up the main highway from Hama, lifting the rebel siege of Aleppo and careering on towards the Turkish border, the soldiers and tank crews were suddenly confronted by the biggest and most sophisticated fortress ever built by followers of the late Osama bin Laden.

The damaged Mosque of Khalid ibn al-Walid in Homs. The site, which dates back to the 7th century, was held by rebel fighters and recaptured by Syrian government forces a year ago

Syria conflict: The silence in Homs emphasises the city’s fate. There’s barely a breath of wind

It was the crucible of the revolt against President Assad. Now Robert Fisk finds a desolate landscape of ruins and broken dreams

A man carrying a girl injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo

Syria election: The barrel bomb and the ballot box - how Bashar al-Assad held on to power

Robert Fisk witnesses Assad's paper victory amid a bloody war

A poster of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hangs outside the stock exchange in Cairo
Confident: Sisi was so sure of winning that he did not turn up at any rallies

What next for Egypt, with its new president in America’s pocket?

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may have won the vote by a landslide, but the honeymoon will not last long if the economy doesn’t improve

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As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
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Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
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