Robert Fisk

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

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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

Fighters from Islamic State group sit on their tank during a parade in Raqqa, Syria

Islamic State: Assad lures President Obama into his 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.

Former First Minister and Leader of the DUP Ian Paisley in 1972 addressing a meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies might have reminded the Arabs of Sadat

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam

Revolutionary leader Michael Collins addresses supporters at College Green, Dublin, in 1922 after signing the treaty establishing the Irish Free State

Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means

The last divorce from the United Kingdom was painful and acrimonious, but ended in harmony and prosperity. So why should independence north of the border turn out any differently? 

Isis militiamen parade in a captured Iraqi army jeep down a main road in Mosul, which the US is now targeting

Robert Fisk on Isis campaign: Bingo! Here’s another force of evil to be ‘vanquished’

One can see how difficult these lessons in Middle East history must be for the average American

Portraits of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre collected for a memorial in the Bosnian town of Tuzla

After the atrocities committed against Muslims in Bosnia, it is no wonder today’s jihadis have set out on the path to war in Syria

While the US State Department told us in Bosnia that 'fundamentalism' – the horror word of the time – might take root in Bosnia, no one spoke of 'radicalisation'

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Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
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Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
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British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
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From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

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