Patrick Cockburn

Foreign Commentator of the Year (Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards 2013)

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Special guest: Barack Obama is welcomed in Riyadh on Friday

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Power play: The reservoir at the Kajaki dam, Helmand, still not fully operational

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World View: Corruption has blighted the torrent of dollars poured into the country by America since 2001

A convoy of vehicles carrying Isis militants in Fallujah

Patrick Cockburn: Al-Qa'ida's second act - the full five-part series

Our foreign correspondent's investigation into the jihadi resurgence

Al-Qa'ida, the second act: The hate preachers fuelling sectarianism

In the final part of his series, Patrick Cockburn explains how Sunni fundamentalist groups are successfully winning recruits through well-funded internet propaganda

Al-Qa'ida, the second act: Syria’s secular uprising has been hijacked by jihadists

In the fourth of his series about the resurgence of al-Qa’ida, Patrick Cockburn examines how Islamists have turned the uprising against President Assad into a sectarian war

The Sunni revolt in Syria has given al-Qa’ida more power in Iraq

In the third part of his series, Patrick cockburn looks at the growing influence of Isis, formerly al-Qa’ida’s force in Iraq, which dominates Sunni areas and is wreaking havoc among the Shia majority

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Al-Qa’ida, the second act: Is Saudi Arabia regretting its support for terrorism?

In the second part of his series, Patrick Cockburn examines the role of Saudi Arabia as the jihadists’ greatest ally – and asks whether the kingdom will be forced to change tack in the face of American impatience and anarchy in Syria

Al-Qa’ida, the second act: Why the global 'war on terror' went wrong

In 2014 al-Qa’ida-type groups are numerous and powerful… In other words, the ‘war on terror’ has demonstrably failed

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Three years after Gaddafi, Libya is imploding into chaos and violence

World View: Its government has no real power; militias are ever more entrenched, and now the state itself is under threat

Assad’s forces are advancing in key areas near Aleppo but at a snail’s pace

An unhappy anniversary: Why the end of Bashar al-Assad is as far away as ever – and how Syria’s rebels lost the plot

Today marks three years since Syrians rose up against their President. In the time since then, unwavering support for the status quo from Russia and Iran, the unwillingness of the West to intervene, and the increasing disarray of the anti-government factions have all combined to ensure that they may never succeed, writes Patrick Cockburn

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