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.
10 June 2014 04:34 PM
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.
Mosul emergency: Anarchy in Iraq as militants seize northern capital and free 1,200 prisoners in jail break
10 June 2014 12:34 PM
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?
09 June 2014 01:41 AM
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant now controls vast stretch of land
08 June 2014 12:00 AM
03 June 2014 07:44 AM
'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
01 June 2014 12:00 AM
To have any relevance, the Chilcot inquiry should extend its brief to cover all UK military interventions since the alliance
28 May 2014 07:23 PM
Refugees are going to extraordinary lengths to vote in an election that Bashar al-Assad is almost certain to win. Patrick Cockburn reports that many fear the consequences of being on the wrong side in a shifting conflict
25 May 2014 12:00 AM
22 May 2014 03:00 PM
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Shambles on the Tigris - a general’s complacency and an abject surrender
19 May 2014 07:47 PM
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
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Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
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