Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to launch a rocket in Deir al-Zor. International estimates put the number of Free Syrian Army fighters and assorted jihadists at about 70,000. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

The EU decision not to renew an arms embargo on the Syrian opposition appears to give the green light to countries such as France and Britain to suppl(...)

Iraqi policemen examine the remains of a car bomb in Baghdad’s Sadr City yesterday. A series of co-ordinated car bombs and blasts hit Shia  districts across Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion. Photograph: Qahtan al-Sudani/Reuters

Ten years ago, on the 19th of March 2003, prompted by 9/11, the United States and her allies invaded Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Iraq (...)