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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Peshmerga fighters hold a position behind sandbags in Diyala province, which is a gateway to Baghdad, as battles with Isis fighters continue

Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack

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

A US F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria. US-led coalition warplanes have bombed oil installations and other facilities in territories controlled by Islamic State militants in the east of the country

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes
Shia volunteers train for the fight against Isis in central
Iraq

As the UK prepares for another war in Iraq, is its strategy any more coherent than in 2003?

Patrick Cockburn, who led the world in warning of the rise of Isis, wonders if David Cameron has really thought through his plans

The aftermath of an airstrike on the Al Chaar neighbourhood in Aleppo in July. Air campaigns not supported by ground forces can damage the other side but may not win wars on their own

Air strikes will not beat Isis, but on the ground it’s hard to tell friend from foe

What is military common sense may not make political sense

A Syrian house yesterday hit by US-led air strikes, in the village of Kfar Derian in western Aleppo province

Syria air strikes: President Obama undergoes Damascene conversion as Isis forces America to change tack

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?

A supporter of the Kurdistan Workers' Association holds a placard during a demonstration against Islamic State (IS) in front The Hague

Nothing will stop Isis except a Syrian truce

Neither the rebels nor President Assad’s army are strong enough to fight on two fronts at once

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been rushing from capital to capital putting together a coalition of Sunni states pledged to fight Isis

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows across the region

America and the Iranian controlled militias that used to specialise in killing them suddenly have a common enemy

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Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’

In an exclusive interview, the Senator who led inquiry into attack says Obama’s plan to confront Sunni jihadis repeats past mistakes

Barack and Michelle Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden observing a moment of silence outside the White House to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

The impossible war: Isis 'cannot be beaten' as long as there is civil war in Syria

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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