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.
Isis in Iraq: Thousands of Shia militiamen to join decisive battle to take back Fallujah – but lack of experience risks heavy casualties
14 July 2015 06:30 AM
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
12 July 2015 12:00 AM
A 1970 strike in Ireland provoked an admirable outbreak of ingenuity - Greece should take note
04 July 2015 09:00 PM
World View: The UK must realise that a deal with Assad's army may be unavoidable
29 June 2015 07:06 PM
Talk by Cameron of combatting 'the narrative of the terrorists' shows a lack of seriousness on the part of the Government
Isis, a year of the caliphate: The seven wars in Muslim countries where 'Islamic State' is powerful or growing in strength
28 June 2015 06:28 PM
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
27 June 2015 09:00 PM
World View: The Syrian Kurdish town witnessed the deaths of 164 civilians this week
Isis, a year of the caliphate: Day-to-day life in the 'Islamic State' – where any breach of restrictive, divinely inspired rules is savagely punished
27 June 2015 12:40 AM
A barber's illicit haircut earned him 80 lashes in Fallujah
26 June 2015 12:30 AM
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
14 June 2015 12:00 AM
The incident last week suggests that the US have let the al-Qaeda affiliate off lightly
Turkey elections: A coalition looks likely – but what kind of coalition, and how will affect the war in Syria?
08 June 2015 07:19 PM
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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