Simon Tisdall

Simon Tisdall is an assistant editor of the Guardian and a foreign affairs columnist. He was previously a foreign leader writer for the paper and has also served as its foreign editor and its US editor, based in Washington DC. He was the Observer's foreign editor from 1996-98

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Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 12:07pm
Al-Shabaab Target May Explain US Secrecy Over Failed Somali Raid
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Friday, January 18, 2013 - 1:30pm
Mali: Fragile Democracy and Clumsy US Policy
The Algeria hostage siege debacle , coming hard on the heels of France's intervention in neighbouring Mali , has heightened fears that a "third generation" of al-Qaida-affiliated jihadis is creating a new front in the war against US and western interests in the vast, ungoverned spaces of the Sahel
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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:11pm
Israel's Latest Gaza Attack Could Spiral Out of Control
An extreme act, such as Israel's assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed al-Jabari , invites extreme consequences. These are now threatened by Gaza militants who vow to resume the suicide bombings that terrorised Israeli cities a decade or more ago.
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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 12:36pm
Drumbeat of War with Iran Has a Familiar Ring
The drumbeat of war with Iran grows steadily more intense. Each day brings more defiant rhetoric from Tehran, another failed UN nuclear inspection, reports of western military preparations, an assassination, a missile test, or a dire warning that, once again, the world is sliding towards catastrophe. If this all feels familiar, that's because it is.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 3:01pm
NATO Prediction of Taliban Victory in Afghanistan Is Immensely Damaging
The leaked NATO report predicting eventual Taliban victory in Afghanistan is immensely damaging. Its potential impact is akin to that of a hand grenade carelessly rolled across the floor of a crowded room. The resulting mayhem, if it explodes, could be both extensive and indiscriminate.
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