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.
Isis militants: Twitter provides one of the few forums in which Saudis can discuss what they really feel - and it says they blame the clergy for Isis
05 October 2014 12:00 AM
Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
30 September 2014 08:40 AM
The Iraqi army, plagued by corruption, absenteeism and supply failures, has little chance against Islamist fanatics using suicide bombings and fluid tactics. And US air strikes are making little difference
28 September 2014 12:00 AM
25 September 2014 08:01 PM
Patrick Cockburn, who led the world in warning of the rise of Isis, wonders if David Cameron has really thought through his plans
24 September 2014 07:49 PM
What is military common sense may not make political sense
Syria air strikes: President Obama undergoes Damascene conversion as Isis forces America to change tack
23 September 2014 09:12 PM
After years in which Bashar al-Assad was a sworn enemy, the spread of the Islamist terror group has forced an unholy alliance with the regime. But can it succeed?
21 September 2014 12:00 AM
Neither the rebels nor President Assad’s army are strong enough to fight on two fronts at once
14 September 2014 08:34 PM
America and the Iranian controlled militias that used to specialise in killing them suddenly have a common enemy
14 September 2014 12:00 AM
In an exclusive interview, the Senator who led inquiry into attack says Obama’s plan to confront Sunni jihadis repeats past mistakes
11 September 2014 10:26 PM
US air strikes against Isis are unlikely to be as effective as Obama hopes. Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria may prefer the militants as a lesser evil compared to the return of vengeful government troops
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