Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year at the 2013 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.

The 500-mile front against Isis

Despite claims of decisive victories in Syria and Iraq, the battlefield still stretches from the outskirts of Baghdad to the mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. Patrick Cockburn analyses a confusing war of ever-changing tactics  

Why Isis is so pleased with itself

Despite all the furious rhetoric after the Paris killings, Isis does not look as if is going to be under pressure that it cannot withstand

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