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.
Isis leader preaches holy war: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi puts persecution of Shias at heart of his ideology ahead of push on Baghdad
07 July 2014 07:56 PM
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
06 July 2014 12:00 AM
04 July 2014 09:53 PM
He is being touted as country's next prime minister. But could his controversial record rule him out?
Iraq crisis: Saudi Arabian troops mass at border after claims 2,500 Iraqi troops have abandoned their positions
03 July 2014 07:19 PM
Isis is securing its control of the territories it has conquered in Iraq and Syria and has declared them an Islamic State
01 July 2014 07:34 PM
Crisis political talks to agree new leaders end in failure after just two hours
30 June 2014 06:58 PM
Unlike al-Qa’ida in Iraq, the self-proclaimed Islamic State could gain mass support
Iraq crisis: Tikrit turns into a 'town of ghosts' as Isis occupation leaves Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the edge
29 June 2014 07:21 PM
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
29 June 2014 12:00 AM
Iraq crisis: Sectarian hatred stalks Baghdad as the rise of Isis widens the gulf between Shia and Sunni
27 June 2014 07:32 PM
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
25 June 2014 07:35 PM
Hated by Sunni, Shia and Kurds, the PM must go immediately. But is an inclusive regime possible?
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