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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Isis in Iraq: Thousands of Shia militiamen to join decisive battle to take back Fallujah – but lack of experience risks heavy casualties

Thousands of Shia militiamen will join the fight for the Iraqi city this morning. But as Patrick Cockburn discovers in Karbala, while they match Isis in fanaticism, the Hashid Shaabi’s lack of training will lead to heavy casualties

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Members of Syria's regime army take up positions in Aleppo

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David Cameron leaves Number 10 to speak at Parliament

Tunisia attack: To prevent more bloodshed we must accept that containment has not worked

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A Kurdish sniper looks over the ruins of Kobani after Isis was forced out earlier this year. The Islamist militants have now returned to the city, slaughtering at least 220 civilians

Isis, a year of the caliphate: The seven wars in Muslim countries where 'Islamic State' is powerful or growing in strength

Patrick Cockburn concludes his survey with a look at the two crucial components to the rapid expansion of the so-called caliphate: one of which is the strength of the organisation itself, but equally important is the spectacular weaknesses of its opponents 

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World View: The Syrian Kurdish town witnessed the deaths of 164 civilians this week

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Isis, a year of the caliphate: Have US tactics only helped to make Islamists more powerful?

On 29 June, the first day of Ramadan in 2014, the leaders of a Sunni army operating on the Syria-Iraq border proclaimed an ‘Islamic State’ under the rule of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, its new ‘caliph’. For many, this was the first we had heard of Isis, or Isil; but its forces, fanaticism and cruelty were to become all too familiar over the next 12 months – and show no signs yet of diminishing. Patrick Cockburn looks at its military record

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The incident last week suggests that the US have let the al-Qaeda affiliate off lightly

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Turkey elections: A coalition looks likely – but what kind of coalition, and how will affect the war in Syria?

A coalition or minority government is bound to be weaker than what went before, and thus less able to launch incursions into Syria or support rebels there

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