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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An obvious first step – close the jihadis' highway

World View: The best way to stop UK fighters reaching Isis is to catch them at Turkey's border with Syria
Hard times: A pro-Isis demonstration after Mosul fell to the jihadis in June

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria
Nouri al-Maliki, surrounded by Iraqi lawmakers, addresses the nation to announce he is stepping down as PM

Iraq crisis: The ultimate power struggle – why Nouri al-Maliki had to go

Old enemies such as Iran, the US, Kurds, Shia militias and Sunni politicians alike all support Haider al-Abadi. But has he got the strength to build a new Iraq?

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle under a bridge in Dahuk, Iraq

Isis makes further advances in Syria while West vacillates over Iraq

Pershmerga forces are not capable of resisting extremists, while Washington is blind to the threat further north

Supporters of Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad yesterday

Iraq crisis: New Prime Minister named, but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to stand down without a fight

Possibility of civil conflict within Baghdad looms as Maliki deploys elite forces and his supporters take to the streets

Obama siad air strikes had destroyed arms and equipment

Iraq crisis: American intervention against Isis boosts Kurdish morale as President Obama launches more air strikes

Soldiers say they have opened a road for thousands of stranded Yazidis as airdrops reach refugees
June 2014: Isis supporters in Mosul

Crisis in the Middle East: The end of a country, and the start of a new dark age

In a new book, our veteran correspondent documents the forces that wreaked havoc on an entire region. Here is an exclusive extract
Barack Obama speaks to King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office yesterday

Iraq crisis: Barack Obama sends in bombers to tackle Isis' 'potential genocide'

US launches air strikes against Isis militants advancing on Kurdish capital

Top down: Israelis, on a hill overlooking Gaza, watch the fighting

Israel-Gaza conflict: What has Israel achieved in 26 bloody days?

Hamas is stronger, the Jewish state looks shifty and heartless – and the world's eyes are on Gaza
A girl carries bread as she walks past a damaged building in Aleppo

Isis winning its war on two fronts: Militants conquered Sunni regions of Iraq and are now consolidating hold on north-east Syria

While the world has been understandably focused on events in Gaza and Ukraine, the Islamist force has been extending its self-styled caliphate and consolidating its previous gains

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