Robert Fisk

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

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An explosion hitting a Syrian army military outpost in Idlib province. The blast was reportedly caused by fighters belonging to the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, part of a rebel coalition

Isis attack on Idlib: Assad's army leaders 'slaughtered' as jihadists nearly take Syrian provincial capital

In a major setback to President Assad, the second city – Idlib – narrowly escapes falling to jihadists as rebels storm provincial governor’s office and set about executing senior regime officers. Robert Fisk reports from Damascus

An elderly Syrian woman carries her two-year-old grandson Mohammed who, according to her, was born on the day of the outbreak of the Syrian revolution

Robert Fisk: The 200,000 Syrian child refugees forced into slave labour in Lebanon

While the world obsesses over the atrocities committed by Isis, the  plight of those forced to flee the country has been largely forgotten. Robert Fisk takes a heartbreaking tour of the Sedyanel 7 camp

Officer visitors look at missiles in front of the Lockheed Martin stand at the Eurosatory 2012 defence and security exhibition in Villepinte near Paris on June 11, 2012

With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be an arms giant like Lockheed Martin

Last month American warships fired $65.8m worth of Tomahawk missiles within just 24 hours of each other

A member of Ussud Al-Anbar, a group that is affiliated to Isis, holding up the black and white Islamist flag in Iraq’s Anbar province

Robert Fisk on Isis: Propaganda war of Islamic extremists is being waged on Facebook and internet message boards, not mosques

Isis has turned the internet into the most effective propaganda tool ever

Syrian refugees take shelter inside a van after their makeshift tent was damaged by heavy rain in Halba, northern Lebanon

Lebanon faces Isis and Nusra incursions – and an influx of refugees

Arab compatriots show little sympathy for Syrian families fleeing violence

David Cameron was speaking during his visit to Afghanistan

Robert Fisk: Cameron talked the talk at conference. But after the bombing, what then?

He knows very well that our four – or is it two? – clapped-out Tornadoes are not going to make the slightest difference to any assault on jihadi forces

Saleh al-Baradei, a Lebanese police officer kidnapped along with four soldiers by the Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, celebrates with relatives after his release on August 31, 2014

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?

Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah

Assad will be watching with concern as America's use of air power spreads to include more targets outside its original stated aim

Syria air strikes: America’s attacks on Isis may help Bashar al-Assad keep his regime alive

But the Syrian leader will be watching with concern as the US's use of air power spreads to include more targets outside its original stated aim

Secretary of State John Kerry presides over the UN Security Council Meeting on the situation concerning Iraq at the United Nations headquarters

John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria

Anyone who has studied Syria knows the moderate opposition doesn’t exist

The Syrian regime’s offer to Washington envisages military and intelligence sharing in the struggle against Isis fighters, pictured marching in Raqqa

Assad's letter to the US: How Syria is luring President Obama into its web

The Syrian regime, which the US has sworn to overthrow, has asked America to co-operate in the fight against Isis militants. It is likely to exact a high price for any collaboration

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To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie
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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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