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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Brett, right, a 28-year-old American fighting Isis as part of Dwekh Nawsha, a Assyrian Christian militia, meets a passer-by in Al-Qosh, 20 miles north of Mosul

Isis in Iraq: Assyrian Christian militia keep well-armed militants at bay - but they are running out of ammunition

An Assyrian Christian militia is trying to keep Isis at bay close to the frontline near Mosul. They are under-resourced and fighting a well-equipped enemy but still hope to return to their heartland. Patrick Cockburn reports from Bakufa

Islamic State fighters display their weaponry in the streets of Mosul, Iraq

Private donors from Gulf oil states helping to bankroll salaries of up to 100,000 Isis fighters

Exclusive: In Irbil, Patrick Cockburn hears from a Kurdish official how Gulf oil cash is shoring up the terrorists, and why this, with a divided enemy, suggests a long war ahead

Isis fighters parading in a captured Iraqi army vehicle in Mosul, which the group took in June last year

Isis: Paranoid but determined, Islamic State is ready for fight to the death in Mosul

Mobile phones are banned and punishments are draconian, yet locals enjoy certain benefits under the Islamists’ rule

Brian Williams reporting from Iraq for NBC Nightly News

It's the little lies that torpedo the news stars - as Brian Williams has found to his cost last week

World View: Embellishment and bravado are often punished more harshly than the untruths that cause wars

The experience of the British military in Basra in 2003 has led to a refusal to engage fully in the current crisis

Isis in Iraq: Britain has no plan for tackling the militants, and no idea who's in charge

A Commons report revealed last week that our involvement there is beyond parody

How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

As Islamic State struck with brutal speed last year, the world dawdled in response, hampered in its understanding of a complex enemy by a news media fixated on by-the-minute updates and a publishing industry whose lethargic pace means in-depth analysis is rendered historic by time of publication. Yet, says Patrick Cockburn, there is another way...
Supporters of the left-wing Syriza party in Athens hold a placard that reads:

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we 

Isis fighters during a parade in Raqqa, Syria, last Summer

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion

Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was sworn in during a ceremony at the Presidental Palace in Athens on Tuesday

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Compared to the crises revolving around Isis and Ukraine, the Greek situation is 'wholly soluble'

Greece’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, at a ceremony in Athens yesterday, marking the execution of Greek resistance members by the Nazis during the Second World War (Reuters)

Greece elections: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras takes aim at 'neo-liberal' Europe as country gears up for prolonged austerity battle

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