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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 aftermath of a suicide bombing which killed three people and injured 15

Foreign suicide bombers kill thousands and bring Iraq to the brink of civil war

Isis using Twitter to publicise nationalities of jihadists it has brought across Syrian border

Jaw, jaw: Talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have only slowed the civil strife in Ukraine

We cannot still ignore the perils of intervention

Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and now Ukraine. Catastrophe follows where US and EU meddle

In Syria, rebel attacks in the north reflect a number of important changes

The intra-rebel civil war has ebbed in these areas, allowing opposition fighters to resume their war with government forces

Assad’s forces destroyed buildings in the north-western city of Idlib in air strikes earlier this week

Syria conflict: A shift for fading insurgency as foreign backers look to reverse months of military defeats at the hands of government soldiers

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World View: Corruption has blighted the torrent of dollars poured into the country by America since 2001

A convoy of vehicles carrying Isis militants in Fallujah

Patrick Cockburn: Al-Qa'ida's second act - the full five-part series

Our foreign correspondent's investigation into the jihadi resurgence

Al-Qa'ida, the second act: The hate preachers fuelling sectarianism

In the final part of his series, Patrick Cockburn explains how Sunni fundamentalist groups are successfully winning recruits through well-funded internet propaganda

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