Soldiers work on a map of Poland for the peace conference following the first World War. Photograph: Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images

Nearly 100 years ago, the Great War ended with the defeat of the Central Powers. Their military collapse went hand-in-hand with the disappearance from(...)

Members of the Free Syrian Army.  Cameron believes there are 70,000 pairs of suitable Syrian boots on the ground. Robert Fisk reckons 70 might be nearer the mark. Photo: Tomas Munita/The New York Times

David Cameron was following patriotic precedent in backing Turkey against Russia following the downing of a Russian aircraft on the Turkish-Syrian bor(...)