Con Coughlin

  • TIt seems such a long time ago that our television screens were filled every night with the latest atrocities committed in Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war. Yet even by the standards of the Dark Continent’s recent violent history, the conflict in Sierra Leone generated some of the most ...

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  • T It did not have to end like this. Our valiant mission to defeat the Taliban and stabilise Afghanistan has been reduced to an undignified scramble for the exit by Nato leaders desperate to see who can be the first to bring their troops home.It is, after all, little more than two years since Barack ...

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  • T With its last combat troops withdrawn safely over the Iraqi border, and thousands more shortly to abandon operations in Afghanistan, the American military has fully embraced the post September 11 era. Whatever challenges the future holds, the time when Washington lavished trillions of dollars on ...

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  • TWhen the Palestinians lodge their formal application for statehood on Friday, they will simply be asking the United Nations to recognise the remarkable turnaround that has taken place in their political fortunes. It was not that long ago that the Palestinians desperate desire for independence was ...

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  • TPolitical revolts have an uncanny knack of catching even the best-prepared administrations off guard, as Barack Obama is discovering in the wake of the sudden eruption of unrest in Egypt. The US employs a small army of officials and experts whose sole purpose is to predict and plan for such ...

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