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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A Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) flag is raised in a village near Mount Abdulaziz on Thursday, after retaking the territory from Isis

War with Isis: The Kurdish forces providing a lesson in how courage, discipline and US air strikes can defeat militants in Syria

Mount Abdulaziz was the scene of a major victory over Isis this week

Iraqi soldiers firing at Isis positions in Anbar province, of which Ramadi is the capital, on Tuesday. Iraq’s army and allied Shia militia are seeking to recapture the city swiftly from the jihadists

Isis seizes Ramadi: Iraqi government deploys Shia militiamen to assist in counter-offensive to retake city from jihadists

Baghdad forced to rethink strategy of using their regular army alongside US air strikes to defeat militants following fall of state capital

Iraqi government security forces battle Isis fighters in Ramadi, shortly before the capital of Anbar province, 70 miles from Baghdad, fell to the Islamists

Isis seizes Ramadi: After Iraq’s worst defeat in the war with the Islamic militants, battle is on to defend the road to Baghdad

US generals have been downplaying the extent of the calamity, but the US policy of rebuilding the Iraqi army and aiding it with US air power is in ruins

Ramadi, after fighting on Friday, was one of the army’s few strongholds

Iraqi army rushes reinforcements into Ramadi to prevent massive Isis victory

Unless the government can counterattack swiftly and regain control of lost positions, the defeat in Ramadi will be a devastating blow

Women are being forced to seek refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan in order to escape the tightening grip of IS

War with Isis: The grim reality of life under the Islamist group in Iraq

In part two of this special series of dispatches, Patrick Cockburn explains how the group is tightening its grip on Fallujah and encouraging people to denounce their neighbours

The course taught women to sacrifice blood, flesh and soul for the victory of religion

War with Isis: The brides brainwashed into becoming suicide bombers

In part one of this special series of dispatches, Patrick Cockburn hears the harrowing stories of women who have escaped from the jihadist state

Catalan Pro-Independence supporters meet at a rally in Barcelona

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Mosul falls: Talk of Iraq retaking the town, held by IS since June, is unconvincing

Isis on the run? The US portrayal is very far from the truth

The map issued by the Pentagon to prove that Isis had lost territory shows how false optimism dominates the actions of the outside powers towards the Middle East

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Yemen crisis: Terrified citizens caught between Saudi Arabia and Iran as air strikes and blockade threaten humanitarian disaster for millions

Latest deaths show that Saudi attempts to resolve Yemen's crisis by forcing the country's former ruler to break away from the Houthi fighters has failed. Patrick Cockburn reports on King Salman's dilemma

Supporters of the Houthi movement brandish their weapons as they take part in a demonstration against the Saudi-led military 'Decisive Storm' air campaign, in the capital Sanaa, on Wednesday

Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

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