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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US Secretary of State John Kerry has been rushing from capital to capital putting together a coalition of Sunni states pledged to fight Isis

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows across the region

America and the Iranian controlled militias that used to specialise in killing them suddenly have a common enemy

Former Senator Bob Graham (right)

Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’

In an exclusive interview, the Senator who led inquiry into attack says Obama’s plan to confront Sunni jihadis repeats past mistakes

Barack and Michelle Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden observing a moment of silence outside the White House to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

The impossible war: Isis 'cannot be beaten' as long as there is civil war in Syria

US air strikes against Isis are unlikely to be as effective as Obama hopes. Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria may prefer the militants as a lesser evil compared to the return of vengeful government troops

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter overlooking a village controlled by Isis near Mosul; the Kurds made advances against militants at the weekend

Syria and Iraq: Why US policy is fraught with danger

In seeking to combat Isis, President Obama is becoming involved in two vicious civil wars and risks taking sides in complex sectarian and ethnic struggles

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
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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

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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

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