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.
15 June 2014 12:00 AM
Iraq crisis: Iran to step in to defend Baghdad from Sunni extremists and prevent collapse of Iraqi state
13 June 2014 07:23 PM
Revolutionary Guard to help defend Baghdad from Sunni extremists; Top cleric calls on Shias to take up arms; Reports of mass executions as two more cities fall to Isis rebels; Militias fill vacuum as security forces refuse to fight
13 June 2014 08:44 AM
Collapse of Shia-dominated regime could provoke Iranian intervention
12 June 2014 08:35 PM
A spokesman has given the first clue to Isis’s response to its spectacular gains
11 June 2014 09:28 PM
The balance of power between Iraq’s Sunni, Kurdish and Shia communities has now changed
Iraq crisis: Islamist militants attack Tikrit and near Baghdad after 500,000 are forced to flee Mosul
11 June 2014 10:41 AM
Extremists capture another major city as government forces disintegrate
10 June 2014 04:34 PM
In the space of a year he has become the most powerful jihadi leader in the world, and on Monday night his forces captured Mosul, the northern capital of Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has suddenly emerged as a figure who is shaping the future of Iraq, Syria and the wider Middle East.
Mosul emergency: Anarchy in Iraq as militants seize northern capital and free 1,200 prisoners in jail break
10 June 2014 12:34 PM
Refugees pour out of the country’s northern capital after it was captured by a terrorist group considered more extreme than al-Qa’ida. Will the West have to intervene again?
09 June 2014 01:41 AM
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant now controls vast stretch of land
08 June 2014 12:00 AM
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
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