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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September 2001: An aerial view shows only a small portion of the crime scene where the World Trade Center collapsed following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers. Clean-up efforts are expected to continue for months

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war?
Armed pro-Russian militants pass next to the wreckage of a Boeing 777, of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 debris, which crashed during flight over the eastern Ukraine region near Donetsk

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Collateral damage is inevitable in the chaos of proxy war

The Americans and the Europeans are not going to go to war with Russia for Ukraine

A Syrian man carries a girl on a street covered with dust following an air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo

Syria conflict: Isis marches further into Syria tipping the balance of power in the civil war

While international attention has been focused on the situation in Gaza, the self-styled caliphate has been spreading deeper into the country armed with tanks and artillery seized in Iraq

Saidi ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir (R) listens to US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) while interpreting for King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud before meeting at the King's private residence

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed ‘conspirators’ for the fall of Mosul

Iraq crisis: Accusations fly between Kurdish leaders and Baghdad hampering co-ordinated action against militants

‘Poisonous’ relations block military efforts between Iraqi capital and regional government despite threat to both by Isis

Tom Malinowski (right), the US assistant secretary for human rights, meeting with Bahrain's Al-Wefaq opposition group leader Sheikh Ali Salman, on Sunday

Bahrain moves to expel 'unwelcome' US official for meeting Shia opposition group

Tom Malinowski met with leaders of the al-Wifaq party, who claim the order shows that those opposed to reform and reconciliation within the ruling al-Khalifa family are prevailing

The reclusive Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi preaches jihad at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the internet

Isis leader preaches holy war: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi puts persecution of Shias at heart of his ideology ahead of push on Baghdad

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rallies forces in Mosul, heralding an imminent push on Baghdad, where Maliki’s administration and forces are demoralised. Patrick Cockburn reports on the strict new caliphate being imposed by the Isis leader

On alert: Iraqi soldiers stationed near the border with Saudi Arabia

Iraq crisis: As Shia shrines are targeted and Tikrit is strangled, the fiercest of wars lies ahead

A demoralised army is hoping that the US will step in with drones, but their use could bring devastating revenge attacks
Iraq’s once exiled opposition leader, Ahmed Chalabi, is being touted as its next prime minister

Ahmed Chalabi: Right man, wrong time for Iraq's once-exiled opposition leader?

He is being touted as country's next prime minister. But could his controversial record rule him out?

There have been claims that Iraqi soldiers have abandoned their positions along the border with Saudi Arabia

Iraq crisis: Saudi Arabian troops mass at border after claims 2,500 Iraqi troops have abandoned their positions

Isis is securing its control of the territories it has conquered in Iraq and Syria and has declared them an Islamic State

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