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Robert Fisk

Middle East Correspondent

Robert Fisk is The Independent’s multi-award-winning Middle East correspondent, based in Beirut. He has lived in the Arab world for more than 40 years, covering the war in Syria and Lebanon, five Israeli invasions, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian civil war, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and the 2011 Arab revolutions.

Morsi's death marks the demise of Egyptian democracy too

To me, when you die in a dictator's prison – even if you are not Egypt's only elected president – then you are, in some sense, murdered

Trump’s ‘evidence’ of Iran’s role in the Gulf attacks is dodgy

In the real world, there should be a military alliance between the US and Iran. But as its withdrawal from the nuclear deal showed last year, Washington no longer moves through any known orbit  

This is what happened when I met Haider al-Abadi

He's the family cat who's just eaten the the canary, and that canary is Donald Trump, Barack Obama and Isis, or maybe even the city of Mosul

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Robert Fisk What past civil wars can tell us about Syria today

As the conflict sputters on, Robert Fisk wonders whether eventual reconciliation will be possible in this century