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Former British prime minister Tony Blair: “Today we are in a mood which seems to regard the bringing of democracy as a utopian delusion and intervention virtually of any sort as a fool’s errand.” Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Tony Blair, the prime minister who sent UK troops into Afghanistan 20 years ago, says Britain has a “moral obligation” to stay until “all those who ne(...)

 American soldiers overseeing training of their Afghan counterparts at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province in 2016. Photograph:  Adam Ferguson/The New York Times

US president Joe Biden’s top advisers concede they were stunned by the rapid collapse of the Afghan army in the face of an aggressive, well-planned of(...)

Members of a Taliban red unit, an elite force, in Laghman Province’s Alingar district in Afghanistan last year. Photograph:  Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

The Taliban’s swagger is unmistakable. From the recent bellicose speech of their deputy leader, boasting of “conquests”, to sneering references to the(...)

Syria’s last opposition-held province has been battered with 200 airstrikes in the past three days. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s last opposition-held province has been battered with 200 airstrikes in the past three days in an assault that has pushed 700,000 civilians to(...)

Ayesha Hashim Mirza and Rabeeb Mirza outside their missionary, in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rabeeb Mirza was 16 when he began training to become an imam. He had been studying for his A-levels at school in Mitcham in south London when he was o(...)

Official Secrets: Keira Knightley plays Katharine Gun in the new film. Photograph: Classified Films Ltd

Have you ever wondered who’d play you in a film? I had, occasionally, until the day I got the answer. In spring 2018, a message pinged on to my phone (...)

Afghan municipality workers clean up broken glass from a restaurant near the site of an attack by Taliban militants in Kabul on May 9th. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Taliban militants overran a cluster of government outposts in northwestern Afghanistan on Friday, leaving more than a dozen Afghan soldiers dead, incl(...)

Sri Lankan security personnel inspect the debris of a car after it exploded when police tried to defuse a bomb near St Anthony’s Shrine  in Colombo. Photograph:   Getty Images

The confidential security memo laid it all out: names, addresses, phone numbers, even the times in the middle of the night that one suspect would visi(...)

Libyan National Army (LNA) members, commanded by Khalifa Haftar, head out of Benghazi to reinforce the troops advancing to Tripoli, Libya. Photograph: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

The United States evacuated its small contingent of troops from the Libyan capital Sunday as rival militias raced to stop the forces of an aspiring st(...)

A destroyed building in Mogadishu, Somalia.  Photograph: AP Photo/ Farah Abdi Warsameh

The US military has escalated a battle against al-Shabab, an extremist group affiliated with al-Qaida, in Somalia even as president Donald Trump seeks(...)

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