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.
15 August 2014 05:48 PM
Old enemies such as Iran, the US, Kurds, Shia militias and Sunni politicians alike all support Haider al-Abadi. But has he got the strength to build a new Iraq?
14 August 2014 07:08 PM
Pershmerga forces are not capable of resisting extremists, while Washington is blind to the threat further north
11 August 2014 06:49 PM
Possibility of civil conflict within Baghdad looms as Maliki deploys elite forces and his supporters take to the streets
Iraq crisis: American intervention against Isis boosts Kurdish morale as President Obama launches more air strikes
10 August 2014 12:00 AM
10 August 2014 12:00 AM
08 August 2014 06:52 PM
US launches air strikes against Isis militants advancing on Kurdish capital
03 August 2014 12:00 AM
Isis winning its war on two fronts: Militants conquered Sunni regions of Iraq and are now consolidating hold on north-east Syria
31 July 2014 06:31 PM
While the world has been understandably focused on events in Gaza and Ukraine, the Islamist force has been extending its self-styled caliphate and consolidating its previous gains
29 July 2014 07:21 PM
Israel's 'dream of Israeli and Palestinian children playing together' is somewhat hypocritcal when you look at the 230 children killed in Gaza
27 July 2014 12:00 AM
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
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