Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn was awarded Foreign Reporter of the Year at the 2015 Press awards and Foreign Commentator of the Year at the 2013 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. He's an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent.

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The big stick: An F-16 fighter at Incirlik last month, but when will they attack IS?

Obama's deal with Turkey is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds

Al-Nusra and its supporters wishes to rebrand itself as a completely different and more moderate entity than Islamic State (Rex)

Syrian conflict: Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front abduct leader of US-backed rebels dealing blow to plans to build moderate opposition to regime

Hopes of an anti-Assad and anti-Islamist movement have foundered with the kidnapping of Nadim al-Hassan, the leader of obscure rebel group Division 30

Demonstrators display pictures of victims of last week's suicide bombing in Suruc, at a protest in Brussels on Tuesday

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Recep Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK

Turkish soldiers carry the coffin of a colleague killed by a car bomb planted by Kurdish militants in Diyarbakir, south-eastern Turkey, yesterday. Two troops were killed in the attack and four wounded

Turkey conflict with Kurds: Was approving air strikes against the PKK America's worst error in the Middle East since the Iraq War?

Turkish air attacks on the PKK have provoked bloody Kurdish retaliation. With claims that America approved the strikes that restarted the conflict, Patrick Cockburn argues that the US may have made its worst mistake since invading Iraq

The Greek crisis ushers in a new and unstable balance of power in Europe

The Greek debt crisis threatens 70 years of peace

We forget that wars in Europe were the norm before the EU

Relatives mourn during the burial ceremony for Turkish soldier Mehmet Yavuz Nane on July 24, 2015 in Gaziantep

War with Isis in Iraq and Syria: Turkey joins West as a reluctant ally - but what took it so long?

In response to attacks on Turkish soil, President Erdogan's air force launched its first bombing raids on jihadi targets in Syria. What took them so long to enter the conflict? Patrick Cockburn reports

A man mourns during the funeral ceremony for victims of the suicide bomb attack in Suruc

Suruc suicide attack: Bombing shows Turkey is being sucked into the violence in Syria

The porous border has been crucial to the growth of Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra

Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of Isis

Only Iraq's clerics can win against Isis

Ironically, they are the ones who inspire men to fight and who can prevent sectarian division

Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of Isis

Isis: The real power in Iraq tells its neighbours to close borders to foreign fighters

More influential than any politician, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani wants the West to send Baghdad more weapons to help the fight against the terrorist group

Shia muslims pray with the Koran on their heads in during Lailat al-Qadr (Night of Power) in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf

On front line of the war against Isis, joint action by US and Iran has never felt closer

Shia militiamen believe the nuclear deal will herald more American help in battle to liberate Iraq - Patrick Cockburn reports from Najaf

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