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Richard Hall is a freelance journalist who has reported from across the Middle East. Before joining the Independent foreign desk he was the Middle East editor at The Daily Star newspaper in Beirut.

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The ‘crucible of terror’, The Foreign Desk

The ‘crucible of terror’

What are Western intelligence agencies doing to stop the flow of foreign fighters into Syria?

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 3:55 pm

In UN report on chemical weapons attack, evidence points to the Syrian government, The Foreign Desk

In UN report on chemical weapons attack, evidence points to the Syrian government

Much has been written about the findings of the United Nations report into the chemical weapons attack on the Ghouta area outside of Damascus on August 21, but there is one key piece of evidence contained in the report that stands out.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 at 5:54 pm

The Syrian opposition is in crisis, and it’s all on video, The Foreign Desk

The Syrian opposition is in crisis, and it’s all on video

A video has emerged from a crucial meeting of the main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, that gives an insight into just how divided the movement is.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 12:45 pm

Syria’s cannibal rebel defends himself, The Foreign Desk

Syria’s cannibal rebel defends himself

Much has been written this past week about a Syrian rebel named Khalid al-Hamad, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, and who gained notoriety after a video emerged of him appearing to eat part of a dead pro-government fighter’s lung.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 17 May 2013 at 12:30 pm

The two sides in Syria’s civil war are talking, The Foreign Desk

The two sides in Syria’s civil war are talking

A new video uploaded by a group of rebel fighters in Darayya appears to show a dialogue of sorts between the Syrian regime and the opposition.

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 15 April 2013 at 12:48 pm

Free Syrian Army launches investigation into arrest of The Yellow Man of Aleppo, The Foreign Desk

Free Syrian Army launches investigation into arrest of The Yellow Man of Aleppo

The Free Syrian Army has launched an investigation into the arrest of “The Yellow Man of Aleppo” – a local celebrity who was detained by rebels in the city last week.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 at 8:06 pm

Syrians put “non-lethal aid” to use, The Foreign Desk

Syrians put “non-lethal aid” to use

Days after William Hague announced that Britain would be sending “non-lethal aid” to Syria’s opposition, a video has been uploaded online showing it being put to use.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 8 March 2013 at 12:03 pm

Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ reimagined in a warzone, The Foreign Desk

Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ reimagined in a warzone

Syrian-born artist Tammam Hazzam superimposed Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss on a devastated, bullet-ridden building somewhere in Syria.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 6 February 2013 at 11:25 pm

Two videos, two battles – Egypt’s unfinished revolution, The Foreign Desk

Two videos, two battles – Egypt’s unfinished revolution

Two disturbing videos have emerged in recent days that highlight two different battles being fought in Egypt’s on-going revolution.

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 3 February 2013 at 4:25 pm

One year on, no justice for Uludere victims, The Foreign Desk

One year on, no justice for Uludere victims

One year ago today, on a bitterly cold winter evening, a Turkish fighter jet attacked a group of its own citizens who were crossing the border from Iraq. A total of 34 civilians were killed, most of them children.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 28 December 2012 at 11:05 am

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