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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The militiamen are armed with truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenade launchers

Libya in crisis: Rival militias position themselves for civil war as country disintegrates

Libya is tipping toward all-out civil war as rival militias take sides for and against an attempted coup led by a renegade general that has pushed the central government towards disintegration.

A gunman makes a radio call in rebel-held Fallujah, just west of Baghdad in Iraq. Government forces face difficulties fighting their way into the city against the entrenched resistance

The battle for Fallujah: Fighting returns to Iraqi city as al-Qa’ida-linked rebels gain stronghold

Civilians are deserting the city amid heavy fighting. They fear an all-out assault by the Iraqi army seeking to root out al-Qa’ida-linked rebels, which have gained control of the Sunni city

Protests against Boko Haram

This spread of 'holy fascism' is a disaster

'Wahhabisation' is being used against other Muslims and Christians alike to subjugate women and crush dissent
One of Erdogan’s aides was photographed kicking a protester at Soma
People in Aleppo are being forced to collect water from unsafe sources such as fountains and wells
Royal alliance: Prince Andrew with Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Al-Khalifa at Royal Ascot in 2010

Prince Andrew praises Bahrain, island of torture

World View: Kingdom that represses its Shia majority is to receive seal of approval from the Duke of York

Foreign jihadis in Syria pledge their own 9/11

World View: Ambitious al-Qa'ida-type groups now control - or are free to operate in - an enormous area
Relatives of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi are grief-stricken after hearing the sentence outside court in Minya, south of Cairo.

The death of justice in Egypt: An eight-minute trial, with no arguments for the defence, and one judge sentences 683 people to death

The head of the Muslim Brotherhood among those given the death sentence for their part in violence last year in response to a crackdown on the opposition

Wrong road: Nothing is more likely to foster jihadist Islam than Tony Blair’s approach

Demented Tony Blair recites the Saudis' creed in his latest speech

World View: The former prime minister's intervention on radical Islam was aimed at all the wrong targets
Yemenis stand around a pickup truck after it was allegedly hit by a US drone in the al-Bayda province

'Massive and unprecedented' US drone strikes in Yemen in pursuit of al-Qa’ida lead to retaliatory assassinations of four Yemeni security officers

68 people have reportedly been left dead after last weekend's three-day-long operation directed against rebel bases, while revenge attacks have already begun. Patrick Cockburn reports on the latest casualties in the ‘war on terror’

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