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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Fighters from Isis marching in Raqqa, Syria

The CIA’s real failure? It pursued the wrong targets

It was an open secret Pakistan’s ISI fostered the Taliban but the US never confronted Islamabad

Bahrainis on an anti-government protest in May

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Iranian fighter jets during a military ceremony in Tehran, Iran, in 2011

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War with Isis: Theresa May tinkers while Iraq and Syria burn

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Isis in Iraq: Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants

But it may not be quite so simple, especially for the civilians caught up in the crossfire, says Patrick Cockburn

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War with Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader

Exclusive: CIA has hugely underestimated the number of jihadis, who now rule an area the size of Britain
A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter near the town of Makhmour, in northern Iraq

Isis: Iraqi army retakes control of oil refinery town as Kurds stand firm against overstretched Islamic State

Patrick Cockburn reports from Makhmour, the Iraqi town where the tide  may finally be turning in the war against the self-styled Islamic State

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