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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The reclusive Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi preaches jihad at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the internet

Isis leader preaches holy war: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi puts persecution of Shias at heart of his ideology ahead of push on Baghdad

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rallies forces in Mosul, heralding an imminent push on Baghdad, where Maliki’s administration and forces are demoralised. Patrick Cockburn reports on the strict new caliphate being imposed by the Isis leader

On alert: Iraqi soldiers stationed near the border with Saudi Arabia

Iraq crisis: As Shia shrines are targeted and Tikrit is strangled, the fiercest of wars lies ahead

A demoralised army is hoping that the US will step in with drones, but their use could bring devastating revenge attacks
Iraq’s once exiled opposition leader, Ahmed Chalabi, is being touted as its next prime minister

Ahmed Chalabi: Right man, wrong time for Iraq's once-exiled opposition leader?

He is being touted as country's next prime minister. But could his controversial record rule him out?

There have been claims that Iraqi soldiers have abandoned their positions along the border with Saudi Arabia

Iraq crisis: Saudi Arabian troops mass at border after claims 2,500 Iraqi troops have abandoned their positions

Isis is securing its control of the territories it has conquered in Iraq and Syria and has declared them an Islamic State

Iraqis who have fled the recent fighting wait in hope of entering a refugee camp in Khazair

Iraq crisis: Parliament in deadlock as Isis advance continues

Crisis political talks to agree new leaders end in failure after just two hours

Isis jihadis burn their Iraqi passports

Isis Caliphate has Baghdad worried because of appeal to angry young Sunnis

Unlike al-Qa’ida in Iraq, the self-proclaimed Islamic State could gain mass support

Russian soldiers unload one of three Sukhoi SU-25 fighter jets that were delivered to Baghdad over the weekend to help Iraqi forces take on the Isis radicals

Iraq crisis: Tikrit turns into a 'town of ghosts' as Isis occupation leaves Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the edge

As the Russians send in military hardware and the Shia’s religious leader calls for his resignation, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s grip on power rests on ousting Isis insurgents from the city. Patrick Cockburn reports from Baghdad

Shuttle mission: John Kerry says farewell to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (centre) in Jeddah last week

Iraq crisis: John Kerry's search for moderates is five years late

The US Secretary of State talks of 'pushing back' against Isis – but who will do this pushing?
Shia tribesmen gather in Baghdad to take up arms against Sunni insurgents marching on the capital. Thousands have volunteered to bolster defences

Iraq crisis: Sectarian hatred stalks Baghdad as the rise of Isis widens the gulf between Shia and Sunni

The city has long been a divided society. But the murder of a Sunni doctor – two bullets to the head – demonstrates a new chapter in the killings

Shiite Muslims have been protesting against the ongoing conflict in Iraq where Sunni militants attacked its largest oil refinery, located in Baiji

Iraq crisis: Nouri al-Maliki is ‘taking Iraq to hell’ by rejecting salvation government

Hated by Sunni, Shia and Kurds, the PM must go immediately. But is an inclusive regime possible?

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