In the final excerpt from his new book, Patrick Cockburn describes how clear signs of Isis’s growing strength were ignored until their spectacular victories against the Iraqi army
The declaration comes after similar prounouncements by the US House of Representatives and the European Parliament
In the third excerpt from his new book, Patrick Cockburn writes from Baghdad on how the US occupation of Iraq faced growing Iraqi anger and resistance in the summer of 2003. Already, there were signs that the war was going to end in disaster
Women, children and the bodies of men in civilian clothes were found in the two graves inside the city's football stadium
Since 2001, Patrick Cockburn has provided peerless reporting of the wars that have torn apart the Middle East and created the conditions in which Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have grown and flourished. In the first of a series of excerpts from his new book, he combines eyewitness accounts of the battles for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond with an explanation of what these conflicts have in common – and how they were reported or misreported at the time
Government statistics show a steep decline in air strikes since the start of the year
As has happened repeatedly since 9/11, the US and countries like Britain fail to combat terrorism because they give priority to retaining their alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies
According to research, 95 per cent of Twitter users linked to Isis simply set up new accounts after getting banned
Parents who had fled the terrorist group's territories in Iraq said their children were being trained as bombers
The attack was one of the bloodiest since the start of a partial ceasefire more than a month ago
'How he then became Emir of the most dangerous terrorist organisation in the world is a mystery to me'
His remarks come six months after admitting his partial 'responsibility' for the rise of Isis
'They were just handing the trophy to the winners, the suicide attacker blew himself up in the crowd'
The network of agile and semiautonomous cells shows the reach of the extremist group in Europe even as it loses ground in Syria and Iraq
Terror group says militant named 'Abu Musa al-Britani' targeted a car bomb at an army convoy
Deployment comes one day after US serviceman killed in an Isis rocket attack