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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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

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
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