The Ofsted chief's calls for the inquisition of children and her indiscriminate casting of a widespread religious practice as extremist are an example of cultural illiteracy about the UK's second-largest faith community

Usaama al-Azami

The operation could be no more than a poorly strategised attempt to save face and gain some popularity for Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ahead of controversial presidential elections

Mohannad Sabry

A general state of war exists between antagonistic, intervening states in Syria, even if it remains undeclared and unacknowledged

Samer Abboud

Despite economic grievances, protest movements and broader social fissures, both the Islamic Republic's popular base and the establishment appear united in the face of mortal threats

Mahan Abedin

Following the downing of an Israeli F-16 jet, and despite calls for self-restraint by all sides of the conflict in Syria, the situation might take a turn for the worse

Arman Mahmoudian

Restrained cut and thrust was central to the downing of an Iranian drone over Israel, but miscalculations are all too possible

Yossi Melman

The real story is what he doesn't talk about: a military-intelligence complex with unfettered power to wage endless war

Cori Crider

Moscow is leveraging Turkish operations against the YPG in Afrin to weaken US influence in Syria and push the Kurds to negotiate with Damascus

Haid Haid

Mohammed bin Salman's embrace of moderate Islam conceals a nasty agenda that has so far resulted in the incarceration of hundreds of innocent people dubbed as radical Islamists

Madawi Al-Rasheed

Over the short term, the British policy will deliver political benefits; over the long term, it will open up unnecessary sectarian division

Peter Oborne