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.

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Mosul falls: Talk of Iraq retaking the town, held by IS since June, is unconvincing

Isis on the run? The US portrayal is very far from the truth

The map issued by the Pentagon to prove that Isis had lost territory shows how false optimism dominates the actions of the outside powers towards the Middle East

A Yemeni boys sits on the rubble of houses destroyed by an overnight Saudi-led air strike on a residential area in Yemen’s capital, Sana

Yemen crisis: Terrified citizens caught between Saudi Arabia and Iran as air strikes and blockade threaten humanitarian disaster for millions

Latest deaths show that Saudi attempts to resolve Yemen's crisis by forcing the country's former ruler to break away from the Houthi fighters has failed. Patrick Cockburn reports on King Salman's dilemma

Supporters of the Houthi movement brandish their weapons as they take part in a demonstration against the Saudi-led military 'Decisive Storm' air campaign, in the capital Sanaa, on Wednesday

Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

The main outcome of the Saudi air campaign will be terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants

Yemeni soldiers collect mines and explosives at the scene of an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on a nearby Houthi-controlled missile depot in Sanaa

Yemen crisis: Saudi Arabia's air war resumes - despite having no decisive impact on the opposing Houthi militias

After a 28-day bombing campaign, and a brief ceasefire, the Saudis are facing the same frustrations felt by Israel in Lebanon and Gaza, as it takes on board the lack of real achievement

Mohammed Ali Malek, surrounded by some of his surviving ‘cargo’ of migrants after their rescue off Libya, watches rescuers carry a body from an Italian Coast Guard vessel in Malta

Libya's criminals are undermining the attempts to prop up a collapsing state

It's not just people-smuggling rackets, but also black markets in weapons, drugs and any other goods that need to avoid government supervision and taxation

Sunni refugees from Ramadi arriving at Baghdad last Friday after fleeing the fighting

Isis stalemate forces US into a cold assessment of Iraq government and other potential allies

Iraqi army failures quietly edge Washington towards support for Iranian-backed militias. Patrick Cockburn reports

Hollow victory: David Cameron in Benghazi in 2011 after Gaddafi’s downfall

From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

World View: Tony Blair is still pilloried for the decisions he took over Iraq. David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging

A site hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Idlib

Syria conflict: Government again accused of using chemical weapons on civilians as villagers are treated following gas attacks

Human Rights Watch claims it has evidence that 'strongly suggests' toxic barrel bombs dropped by helicopters in March have affected 206 people

The provincial capital of Idlib, Syria, which fell to al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra last week

In the Middle East, our enemy's enemy must be our friend

Al-Qaeda-type movements are gaining ground, and there's only one way to stop them

Iraqi soldiers salute as they stand next to a mass grave containing the bodies of hundreds of Shia soldiers from Camp Speicher who were killed by Isis militants in Tikrit

Isis mass graves: Iraqi forensic teams recover remains of 1,700 military cadets slaughtered by militants near Tikrit

The soldiers were taken prisoner by the jihadists as they swept through northern and western Iraq during their blitzkrieg advance last year Warning: Some people may find the images below distressing

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