Patrick Cockburn

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Rally point: Isis supporters wave al‑Qa’ida flags outside the provincial government HQ in Mosul

Iraq crisis: As the Sunni terror spreads, its fighters look for wives

Isis is closing in on Baghdad and the government is faltering, but the Shia’s militias are mobilising

The longer Nouri al-Maliki clings on to power, the more support Isis is likely to gather for its actions

Iraq crisis: Maliki’s days in power numbered as Iran and US lose faith

Obama has demanded more ‘effective’ leadership and Iran looks set to follow as Isis militants threaten Baghdad

Isis militants with a captured Iraqi army vehicle at a checkpoint outside the Baiji refinery, north of Baghdad, yesterday

Iraq crisis: US precision attacks will hurt the jihadists but they won’t defeat them

US air strikes aimed at stopping Isis from advancing on Baghdad or taking more territory would be very different from previous American air campaigns in Iraq in 1991, 2003 and during the guerrilla campaign against the US occupation between 2004 and the departure of US troops in 2011.

A recruiting drive in Baghdad yesterday. While state media emphasises patriotism, Isis is dominating on Twitter

Iraq crisis: In Baghdad, a city gripped by fear, news is priceless - but Isis is winning the propaganda war

In the capital, shockwaves from the fall of Mosul can still be felt

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter wounded in clashes with ISIL lies on a bed in the emergency ward of a hospital in Arbil

Iraq crisis exclusive: US rules out military action until Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stands down

The US has told senior Iraqi officials that the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, must leave office if it is to intervene militarily to stop the advance of Sunni extremists, The Independent has learnt. The Sunni community sees Mr Maliki as the main architect of its oppression and the Americans believe there can be no national reconciliation between Sunni and Shia unless he ceases to be leader of the country. 

An Iraqi young boy holds a gun from the window of a vehicle carrying volunteers joining Iraqi security forces

Iraq crisis: Fears grow that Baghdad could be engulfed in sectarian violence

Both sides are using well-publicised massacres to encourage the changes they want

Isis have massacred some 1,700 Shia captives, many of them air force cadets, at the air force academy outside Tikrit

Iraq crisis: In Baghdad, the fear index is the price of a bullet and it has tripled

Many have already fled. Those left behind are preparing for battle

An image posted on a militant website appears to show Isis fighters leading away captured Iraqi soldiers for execution in Tikrit

Who are Isis? The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant

The group, led since 2010 by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, now controls vast swathes of land across Iraq and Syria

Militants fly the jihadist flag

Iraq crisis: West must take up Tehran's offer to block an Isis victory

World View: Extremists have a grip on the country as Sunni Muslims decide that the jihadists are preferable to persecution by the official Iraqi army
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) remove part of the soil barrier on the Iraq-Syria borders and move through it

Iraq crisis: Iran to step in to defend Baghdad from Sunni extremists and prevent collapse of Iraqi state

Revolutionary Guard to help defend Baghdad from Sunni extremists; Top cleric calls on Shias to take up arms; Reports of mass executions as two more cities fall to Isis rebels; Militias fill vacuum as security forces refuse to fight

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