Patrick Cockburn

Foreign Commentator of the Year (Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards 2013)

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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?

Kurdish fighters believe they are ‘facing a new reality and a new Iraq’

Iraq crisis: Kurds winning the battle for self-rule as country disintegrates

Patrick Cockburn reports from Baghdad, where John Kerry’s calls for unity are falling on deaf ears

Iraqi soldiers patrolling an area on the borders between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Isis fighters entered Rutba, a town in Anbar province near the border with Jordan after government troops abandoned their posts

Iraq crisis: Fears of partition grow as Islamists seize border crossing with Jordan and sweep towards Baghdad

Despite meeting between Kerry and Maliki, hopes of power-sharing government recede

Fighters loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march in Najaf at the weekend; Mr Al-Sadr is calling for unity with the Sunnis to stop civil war

Iraq crisis - the great unravelling: US and Iran need to work together fast, as the barbarians are at the gate

Sunni militants seized more towns on Sunday as the crisis in Iraq deepened, the Baghdad government desperately tried to fight back, and the West agonised over how to respond to the crisis. Where next for the country whose fate has the gravest implications for those both within its borders and beyond?

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