Author: Robin Simcox

08 Feb 2015

Last British prisoner in Guantanamo in line for £1 million payout

Originally posted in the Telegraph The last British detainee to be released from Guantanamo is in line for a £1 million payment from the UK government – despite claims of his terror links to al-Qaeda in official US documents. Shaker Aamer, a father-of-four, has languished in Guantanamo for an astonishing 13 years, seven years longer … Continued

13 Jan 2015

The Battle From Algiers: Lessons from the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Originally published in Foreign Affairs Last week’s atrocities in Paris, which left 17 dead, were not the first rounds of terror brought to France by Islamists. In fact, such attacks in France have killed over a dozen and wounded hundreds since 1995. And this is not just a French story. It has implications for the … Continued

13 Jan 2015

The Yemeni Connection

Originally published in The Wall Street Journal Two major terrorist atrocities were committed on Wednesday. Events in Paris received more coverage, but the other attack, in Yemen, also deserves scrutiny. The two incidents are more closely linked than they might first appear. Early that morning, two men driving a minibus full of explosives pulled upalongside … Continued

26 Nov 2014

Why is the Islamic State so intent on provoking the West?

Originally published in The Washington Post ‘No more beheading videos, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri advised Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a 2005 letter. “I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media,” Zawarhiri wrote. He was concerned then about … Continued

13 Sep 2014

Salmond demands £10bn tartan army: Ships, jets, helicopters, troops…they’re all in SNP’s sights if Scotland votes Yes

Originally Published in the Mail Online ‘Alex Salmond is demanding a £10 billion carve-up of Britain’s Armed Forces – including aircraft, ships and the transfer of up to 9,200 regular and Special Forces troops – if Scotland votes for independence. The Scottish National Party leader insists his country’s share of the UK’s military assets should … Continued


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