Patrick Cockburn

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Hundreds of men turned up at an army recruitment centre to volunteer for the military service to protect Baghdad

Iraq crisis: Baghdad prepares for the worst as Islamist militants vow to capture the capital

Collapse of Shia-dominated regime could provoke Iranian intervention

Isis rebels show their flag after seizing an army post

Iraq crisis: ‘Do not fall prey to your vanities’ - the philosophy of the country’s new conquerors

A spokesman has given the first clue to Isis’s response to its spectacular gains

Families load their belongings on to a lorry as they flee Mosul

Iraq crisis: Capture of Mosul ushers in the birth of a Sunni caliphate

The balance of power between Iraq’s Sunni, Kurdish and Shia communities has now changed

An image from a propaganda video allegedly showing fighters belonging to the extremist group Isis on the outskirts of Tikrit this week

Iraq crisis: Islamist militants attack Tikrit and near Baghdad after 500,000 are forced to flee Mosul

Extremists capture another major city as government forces disintegrate

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis)

Mosul: Who is the Isis jihadi leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

In the space of a year he has become the most powerful jihadi leader in the world, and on Monday night his forces captured Mosul, the northern capital of Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has suddenly emerged as a figure who is shaping the future of Iraq, Syria and the wider Middle East.

Iraqi families fleeing violence in the northern Nineveh province gather at a Kurdish checkpoint

Mosul emergency: Anarchy in Iraq as militants seize northern capital and free 1,200 prisoners in jail break

Refugees pour out of the country’s northern capital after it was captured by a terrorist group considered more extreme than al-Qa’ida. Will the West have to intervene again?

Iraqi civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bombing in south-east Baghdad in Iraq yesterday

Battle to establish Islamic state across Iraq and Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant now controls vast stretch of land

Zero tolerance: Bashar al-Assad supporters turn out to mark his election to a third seven-year term as president

In the war on terrorism, only al-Qa'ida thrives

World View: Exhaustion could end Syria's bloody civil conflict, so long as foreign backers really want it
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pictured in a Taliban video in 2010

Bowe Bergdahl release: Email exchange reveals extent of US failure in Afghan war

'The US army is the biggest joke the world has to laugh at,' wrote Sergeant Bergdahl in an email later published by Rolling Stone magazine

The inquiry will be able to publish some details of what Mr Blair said to Mr Bush although not what the President said to the Prime Minister

The Chilcot inquiry's focus on Bush-Blair secrets distracts us from disaster in plain sight

To have any relevance, the Chilcot inquiry should extend its brief to cover all UK military interventions since the alliance

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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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