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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Under attack: A shell explodes in Kobani, Syria

War with Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader

Exclusive: CIA has hugely underestimated the number of jihadis, who now rule an area the size of Britain
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter near the town of Makhmour, in northern Iraq

Isis: Iraqi army retakes control of oil refinery town as Kurds stand firm against overstretched Islamic State

Patrick Cockburn reports from Makhmour, the Iraqi town where the tide  may finally be turning in the war against the self-styled Islamic State

Cemil Bayik, leader of the PKK umbrella group, in Iraq in 1991

War against Isis: PKK commander tasked with the defence of Syrian Kurds claims 'we will save Kobani'

Patrick Cockburn ventures deep into the Kandil mountains for a rare audience with the Kurdish guerrilla leader - and hears his defiant message to the Islamists...

Since Isis forces stormed Mosul in June, life in the city has rapidly deteriorated with fear and anger commonplace, according to the many refugees who have fled into Kurdish-controlled Irbil

Isis in Iraq: The brutal reality of life in Mosul under Islamic State - 'We are dying'

For Sunni Arabs still living in fundamentalist-controlled Mosul, life is sometimes mundane, sometimes terrifying as the occupiers seek to impose their unyielding interpretation of Islam

Mourners at a Baghdad funeral vent their anger against Islamic State

War with Isis: The militants will remain until the region's Sunnis feel safe

The US plan of strengthening local tribes is no match for the brutality of the jihadis
Libyan troops clash with Islamic extremists in Benghazi last week

The West is silent as Libya falls into the abyss

World View: In 2011, there was jubilation at Gaddafi's demise. Not any more: the aftermath of foreign intervention is calamitous and bloody
The latest propaganda video presented the hostage John Cantlie as a war reporter

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The use of Mr Cantlie demonstrates once again Isis' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war

The Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, watched by his wife Raisa, right, kisses his East German counterpart Erich Honecker in East Berlin in October 1989

Fall of the Berlin Wall eyewitness: An accidental explosion of freedom

A journalist who witnessed the events of 1989 from a Soviet perspective looks back on a surreal period when attempts at moderate reform quickly an uncontrollable momentum of their own

Shia protesters hold pictures of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr Khaled Abdullah

Saudi Arabia: As executions rise, allies must focus more closely on warring anti-IS forces

World View: In many respects the situation in Saudi Arabia is getting worse rather than better, as if the government feels it must compete with the IS

The US and Turkey have stepped up support for Kurdish fighters defending Kobani against Isis but it is still feared the town may fall; above, observers watch the fighting from a nearby village

Isis in Kobani: US resupplies Kurdish fighters by plane - then Turkey allows reinforcements through its border

Policy shift sees American planes drop tons of weapons to resupply Kurds fighting Isis militants as Washington loses patience with Turkey’s reluctance to back defenders of town on Syrian border

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