Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn was awarded Foreign Reporter of the Year at the 2015 Press awards and Foreign Commentator of the Year at the 2013 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. He's an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent.

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A site hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Idlib

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The provincial capital of Idlib, Syria, which fell to al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra last week

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Iraqi soldiers salute as they stand next to a mass grave containing the bodies of hundreds of Shia soldiers from Camp Speicher who were killed by Isis militants in Tikrit

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The soldiers were taken prisoner by the jihadists as they swept through northern and western Iraq during their blitzkrieg advance last year Warning: Some people may find the images below distressing

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Shiite fighters celebrate in front of the the provincial council building inside the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit

War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

Baghdad celebrates its first real success against the jihadists, but fighters have taken over large parts of a refugee camp not far from the heart of Damascus

Crowds in Taiz, Yemen react to a Houthi rebel takeover in parts of the city

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) pictured shaking hands with Libyan leader Colonel Moamer Kadhafi on 25 March 2004.

Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

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Iraqi soldiers take part in a training exercise in Najaf before the operation to retake Tikrit

Life under Isis: As long as its enemies remain divided the militants will not be defeated

Inside the 'Islamic State' - part five: The jihadis can conscript, train and arm thousands of fighters, but their resilience is based on their local and Western opponents waging separate wars, says Patrick Cockburn in the final part of his series

An Iraqi Sunni fighter in the aftermath of a battle with Isis in the village of Sharween, north-east of Baghdad

Life under Isis: Sunnis face an even bleaker future in Iraq if the militants' reign of terror is finally defeated

Inside the 'Islamic State' - part four: Patrick Cockburn hears how moderate Sunnis - many fighting against jihadists - have no confidence in the 'corrupt' Shia government in Baghdad

Erbil in Iraq, where tens of thousands of displaced Iraqis and Syrians have come to escape the conflict with Isis

Life under Isis: An explosion at the gates, sleeper cells attacking from within – how militants overthrew the city of Hit in less than 24 hours

Inside the 'Islamic State' - part three: Harsh fines for apparently harmless violations help keep the organisation's finances intact

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