Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Oliver Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He has written four books on Iraq 's recent history. He won the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005, the James Cameron Prize in 2006 and the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2009.


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Isis in Fallujah: Iraqi forces end terrorist group's two-year occupation of city, Independent, 17 June 2016

Confused about the US response to Isis in Syria? Look to the CIA's relationship with Saudi Arabia, Independent, 17 June 2016

Distortions over Isis involvement in Orlando play into the hands of the jihadists, Independent, 13 June 2016

What Blair accidentally revealed about Iraq during his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn was very interesting indeed, Independent, 10 June 2016

Isis bombers, bribery and endless checkpoints - the death-defying trials of an Iraqi trucker, Independent, 3 June 2016

Whipped with cables and brainwashed into fighting and dying for Isis: Liberated Raqqa residents on life under jihadists, Independent, 1 June 2016

Isis face likely defeat in battles raging across Iraq and Syria - but how will power be shared between the victors? , Independent, 1 June 2016

Isis digs in against attack on Iraq's second city while brutally punishing those who rebel against them, Independent, 31 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Up close to the battle as Peshmerga forces advance on IS stronghold of Mosul, Independent, 29 May 2016

Air strikes on Isis in Iraq and Syria are reducing their cities to ruins, Independent, 27 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Citizens trapped in Fallujah fear destruction of the city as government forces advance, Independent, 25 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Jihadists unleash death squads as Iraqi forces advance on key stronghold of Fallujah, Independent, 23 May 2016

Sir Richard Dearlove is right, visa waivers for Turks are dangerous, Independent, 20 May 2016

Corrupt elites will fight hard to stop the dismantling of the looting machines from which they draw their vast wealth, Independent, 13 May 2016

After the recent battles in Syria and Iraq, how close is Isis to losing the war? Independent, 6 May 2016

The protesters in Iraq's Green Zone show the vulnerability of the country's ruling elite, Independent, 2 May 2016

Iraq parliament protest signals the disintegration of a political system established in wake of US invasion, Independent, 30 April 2016

Saudi Arabia is about to attempt its own version of Mao's Great Leap Forward by trying to end its dependence on oil - and it's not going to work, Independent, 29 April 2016

Saudi Arabia may be in for a nasty shock when Obama steps down, Independent, 22 April 2016

Isis shocked the world by capturing Mosul and advancing on Baghdad, Independent, 22 April 2016

Mission creep: Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Independent, 20 April 2016

The Arab Spring reported and misreported: foreign intervention in Libya and the last days of Gaddafi, Independent, 20 April 2016

The Afghan prelude: the overthrow of the Taliban in the aftermath of September 11, Independent, 18 April 2016

The first draft of history: How war reporters get it wrong, and what they can do to get it right, Independent, 17 April 2016

Thanks to UK and US intervention, al-Qaeda now has a mini-state in Yemen. It's Iraq and Isis all over again, Independent, 15 April 2016

Ceasefire aimed at ending Yemen's 'forgotten war' disrupted by violence, Independent, 11 April 2016

Sketches show Irish nationalist hero Roger Casement in his final days in the Tower of London before execution, Independent, 9 April 2016

How the corruption revealed in the Panama Papers opened the door to Isis and al Qaeda, Indepedent, 8 April 2016

The Easter Rising, my grandfather and the untold story of Sir Roger Casement, Independent, 1 April 2016

Syrian army's recapture of Palmyra may mean Isis has lost the battle – but it's not lost the war yet, Independent, 27 March 2016

US ground troops are back in Iraq as Iraqi division hides in the mountains, Independent, 26 March 2016

Covering the Isis advance in Iraq, as it happened, Independent, 26 March 2016

Syria war five years on: Bringing conflict to an international level is helping to hold the ceasefire, Independent, 15 March 2016

How Barack Obama turned his back on Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies, Independent, 12 March 2016

Isis documents leak: Experts disagree on whether 'recruitment files’ are genuine, Independent, 10 March 2016

Is it Isis or the economy that will ruin Iraq? Independent, 5 March 2016

Iraq's Interior Minister on why state corruption is helping the murderous campaign of Isis, Independent, 2 March 2016

Isis fights back in Iraq: Raid on Abu Ghraib punctures hopes the jihadist group is in retreat, Independent, 28 February 2016

Isis in Iraq: Divisions among forces fighting jihadis delays decisive push to recapture country, Independent, 27 February 2016

End Times for the Caliphate? CounterPunch, 26 February 2016

Isis in Mosul: Brutal metal instrument used to clip women's flesh shows increasing barbarity within 'caliphate's' own walls, Independent, 24 February 2016

Syria conflict: Turkish threats of intervention after Ankara bombing taken seriously by Barack Obama, Independent, 20 February 2016

Syria: The winners and losers are becoming clear in this war, Independent, 13 February 2016

Saudi Arabia intervening in the Syrian civil war would risk Russian wrath, Independent, 11 February 2016

Oil price and Isis ruin the Kurds' dream of riches, Independent, 6 February 2016

Isis in Iraq: The Kurds have fought off the jihadists, but fear they will be used as cannon fodder and then discarded, Independent, 5 February 2016

Isis in Iraq: The only way to ensure Islamists are beaten in Iraq is to defeat them in Syria first, say Kurds, Independent, 31 January 2016

Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion? Independent, 31 January 2016

Syria peace talks: If the crisis is to be solved, it will be by an agreement between Russia and the United States, Independent, 28 January 2016

Syrian civil war: Why the endless conflict is at a decisive point, Independent, 23 January 2016

Iran nuclear deal leaves Tehran looking stronger as so many of its neighbours fall apart, Independent, 17 January 2016

Syria crisis: Peace talks loom, but the warmongers won't be at the table, Independent, 16 January 2016

Istanbul attack: Isis may be concluding Turkey is no longer a place where it need tread carefully, Independent, 12 January 2016

Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Naive, arrogant Saudi prince is playing with fire, Independent, 9 January 2016

The Arab Spring, five years on: A season that began in hope, but ended in desolation, Independent, 8 January 2016

Gaddafi's warnings to Blair have been proven by today's attack on Libyan police training centre, Independent, 7 January 2016

Why stoking sectarian fires in the Middle East could be Saudi Arabia's biggest mistake, Independent, 5 January 2016

Isis may be weakened by co-ordinated attacks but it is far from being overcome, Independent, 2 January 2016

Hard roads across Iraq, Syria and beyond: Freedom and safety are scarce five years after the Arab Spring, Independent, 1 January 2016

Syria and Iraq: Ethnic cleansing by Sunni and Shia jihadis is leading to a partition of the Middle East, Independent, 27 December 2015

Syrian civil war: No end in sight for terrorism or the refugees fleeing to safety, Independent, 26 December 2015

A short history of the political put-down, Independent, 19 December 2015

Syria in 2016 will be like the Balkans in 1914 as explosive violence breaks out on an international scale, Independent, 12 December 2015

The 500-mile front against Isis: Jihadis cannot shock and terrify as they did at the time of the fall of Mosul, Independent, 11 December 2015

War on Isis: Complicated Syrian battlefield increases chances of air strikes hitting the wrong targets, Independent, 7 December 2015

Syria air strikes: Britain is only dipping a toe in this war on Isis, Independent, 5 December 2015

Syria air strikes: Why Isis is a formidable, ferocious enemy that will not be defeated from the air, Independent, 3 December 2015

Britain is on the verge of entering into a long war in Syria based on wishful thinking and poor information, Independent, 1 December 2015

War with Isis: President Obama demands that Turkey close stretch of border with Syria, Independent, 30 November 2015

Isis: David Cameron plans to go to war, but has not produced realistic plans for defeating the group, Independent, 28 November 2015

Air strikes in Syria: David Cameron's strategy can only repeat our mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Independent, 26 November 2015

Turkey shoots down Russian plane: Nato will be worried by strike on Russia, Independent, 25 November 2015

Campaign against Isis: Is there any hope for military success? Independent, 24 November 2015

War with Isis: To defeat the jihadists the West needs a local ally, Independent, 21 November 2015

War with Isis: Britain must learn from past mistakes before joining the civil war in Syria, Independent, 20 November 2015

Syria crisis: Turkey and US to carry out operation to drive Isis out of key Turkish border region, Independent, 18 November 2015

Paris terror: Air strikes will have little effect if they are the only weapon in the war against Isis, Independent, 16 November 2015

Paris terror attacks: No security can stop Isis – the bombers will always get through, Independent, 15 November 2015

Paris attack: Isis has created a new kind of warfare, Independent, 15 November 2015

Why Jihadi John's 'assassination' is nowhere near as important as you think, Independent, 13 November 2015

Refugee crisis: EU report on Turkey's membership contains muted criticism as it seeks nation's co-operation with influx, Independent, 10 November 2015

Egypt plane crash: This attack shows that Russia is hurting Isis, Independent, 7 November 2015

Sinai plane crash: Bomb would derail President Sisi's claim that he crushed terrorism in Egypt, Independent, 6 November 2015

Too Weak, Too Strong Patrick Cockburn on the state of the Syrian war, London Review of Boooks, 5 November 2015 issue

Ahmed Chalabi: The man who invited America to invade Iraq, Independent, 3 November 2015

Like it or not, Turkey is now President Erdogan's state, Independent, 2 November 2015

Turkey election: President Erdogan tightens his grip on power in surprise landslide victory, Independent, 2 November 2015

Erdogan's Plans for Syria are Backfiring Badly, Russia Insider, 1 November 2015

Russia in Syria: Air Strikes Pose Twin Threat To Turkey, Information Clearing House, 31 October 2015

Turkey election: Could bitterly divided nation be only a few steps away from a dictatorship? Independent, 28 October 2015

The Paralyzed Mind of Tony Blair, CounterPunch, 27 October 2015

Benghazi: Hillary Clinton is guilty, but not as charged, Independent, 24 October 2015

Isis in Iraq: This was a heroic one-off mission that will alter little, Independent, 22 October 2015

Isis in Iraq: Shia leaders want Russian air strikes for battle against militant threat, Independent, 21 October 2015

Donald Trump is much derided – but he is right about the Middle East, Independent, 17 October 2015

Turkey takes Russia and US to task over their backing of Kurds in Syria, Independent, 15 October 2015

Ankara bombing: An attack designed to sow division appears to have succeeded, Independent, 11 October 2015

War with Isis: Why Syria's Christians can never go home, Independent, 10 October 2015

Russia in Syria: Russian radar locks on to Turkish fighter jets as Moscow steps up air strikes against opposition targets, Independent, 6 October 2015

Why We Should Welcome Russia's Entry Into Syrian War, CounterPunch, 5 October 2015

Syria crisis: The West wrings its hands in horror but it was our folly that helped create this bloodbath, Independent, 2 October 2015

Russia has entered a war in Syria it cannot afford to lose, Independent, 30 September 2015

Why Russia has started bombing Syria now - and what it hopes to achieve, Independent, 30 September 2015

Syria civil war: Isis could soon lose access to the outside world as Kurds target key river crossing, Independent, 29 September 2015

Syria crisis: The road to peace means more war, Independent, 26 September 2015

Syria civil war: Kurdish leader says collapse of Assad regime 'would be a disaster' despite its treatment of his people, Independent, 24 September 2015

Isis in Syria: Kobani stood up to the jihadists and won - but it's still a city under siege, The Independent, 22 September 2015

Syrian Kurdish leaders planning to capture last border crossing with Turkey held by Isis, The Independent, 21 September 2015

A sense of despair is sweeping through Iraq. This email from my driver in Baghdad proves it, The Independent, 20 September 2015

Refugee crisis was caused by a careless West that allowed anarchy and fear to take root in the Middle East, The Independent, 20 September 2015

Britain's drone strike in Syria: These executions are a mark of tyranny, The Independent, 12 September 2015

Syria civil war: The Russians are coming to President Assad's aid... or are they? The Independent, 11 September 2015

Only a US-Russian agreement can spur a settlement in Syria, The Independent, 8 September 2015

Refugee crisis: Where are all these people coming from and why? The Independent, 8 September 2015

Isis are threatening to capture a vital highway in Syria - the loss of which could push millions of refugees out of government-held areas, The Independent, 6 September 2015

Syria's Kurds have little choice but to flee amid the desolution, ruins and danger they face, The Independent, 3 September 2015

Turkey duped the US, and ISIS reaps rewards, The Independent, 29 August, 2015

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis, The Independent, 1 August 2015

Syrian conflict: Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front abduct leader of US-backed rebels dealing blow to plans to build moderate opposition to regime, The Independent, 30 July 2015

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria, The Independent, 28 July 2015

Turkey conflict with Kurds: Was approving air strikes against the PKK America's worst error in the Middle East since the Iraq War? The Independent, 26 July 2015

Greece debt crisis threatens 70 years of peace, The Independent, 25 July 2015

War with Isis in Iraq and Syria: Turkey joins West as a reluctant ally - but what took it so long? The Independent, 25 July 2015

Suruc suicide attack: Bombing shows Turkey is being sucked into the violence in Syria, The Independent, 22 July 2015

Only Iraq's clerics can win against Isis, The Independent, 18 July 2015

Isis: The real power in Iraq tells its neighbours to close borders to foreign fighters, The Independent, 17 July 2015

On front line of the war against Isis, joint action by US and Iran has never felt closer, The Independent, 15 July 201

Isis in Iraq: Thousands of Shia militiamen to join decisive battle to take back Fallujah – but lack of experience risks heavy casualties, The Independent, 14 July 2015

We can all get by quite well without banks - Ireland managed to survive without them, The Independent, 12 July 2015

Isis in Syria: We can't win a war without taking sides, The Independent, 4 July 2015

Tunisia attack: To prevent more bloodshed we must accept that containment has not worked, The Independent, 29 June 2015

Isis, a year of the caliphate: The seven wars in Muslim countries where 'Islamic State' is powerful or growing in strength, The Independent, 28 June 2015

Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres, The Independent, 27 June 2015

Isis, a year of the caliphate: Day-to-day life in the 'Islamic State' – where any breach of restrictive, divinely inspired rules is savagely punished, The Independent, 27 June 2015

Isis, a year of the caliphate: Have US tactics only helped to make Islamists more powerful? The Independent, 26 June 2015

Why Join Islamic State? Information Clearing House, 24 June 2015

Syrian civil war: Jabhat al-Nusra's massacre of Druze villagers shows the group is just as nasty as Isis, The Independent, 14 June 2015

Turkey elections: A coalition looks likely – but what kind of coalition, and how will affect the war in Syria? The Independent, 8 June 2015

War with Isis: As the militant threat grows, so does the West's self-deception, The Independent, 7 June 2015

Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters, The Independent, 27 May 2015

War with Isis: Wounded Kurdish forces count the cost of battling militants in Syria, The Independent, 23 May 2015

War with Isis: The Kurdish forces providing a lesson in how courage, discipline and US air strikes can defeat militants in Syria, The Independent, 22 May 2015

Isis seizes Ramadi: Iraqi government deploys Shia militiamen to assist in counter-offensive to retake city from jihadists, The Independent, 19 May 2015

Isis seizes Ramadi: After Iraq's worst defeat in the war with the Islamic militants, battle is on to defend the road to Baghdad, The Independent, 19 May 2015

Iraqi army rushes reinforcements into Ramadi to prevent massive Isis defeat, The Independent, 16 May 2015

War with Isis: The grim reality of life under the Islamist group in Iraq, The Independent, 16 May 2015

War with Isis: The brides brainwashed into becoming suicide bombers, The Independent, 16 May 2015

Modern states are fragile in the face of local nationalism, The Independent, 10 May 2015

Isis on the run? The US portrayal is very far from the truth, The Independent, 2 May 2015

Yemen crisis: Terrified citizens caught between Saudi Arabia and Iran as air strikes and blockade threaten humanitarian disaster for millions, The Independent, 1 May 2015

Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem, The Independent, 26 April 2015

Yemen crisis: Saudi Arabia's air war resumes - despite having no decisive impact on the opposing Houthi militias, The Independent, 22 April 2015

Libya's criminals undermine attempts to prop up a collapsing state, The Independent, 21 April 2015

Isis stalemate forces US into a cold assessment of Iraq government and other potential allies, The Independent, 19 April 2015

From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us, The Independent, 19 April 2015

Syria conflict: Government again accused of using chemical weapons on civilians as villagers are treated following gas attacks, The Independent, 14 April 2015

In the Middle East, our enemy's enemy must be our friend, The Independent, 12 April 2015

Isis mass graves: Iraqi forensic teams recover remains of 1,700 military cadets slaughtered by militants near Tikrit, The Independent, 7 Apeil 2015

A young prince may cost Syria and Yemen dear, The Independent, 5 April 2015

War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital, The Independent, 1 April 2015

Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire, The Independent, 29 March 2015

Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East, The Independent, 22 March 2015

Life under Isis: As long as its enemies remain divided the militants will not be defeated, The Independent, 19 March 2015

Life under Isis: An explosion at the gates, sleeper cells attacking from within – how militants overthrew the city of Hit in less than 24 hours, The Independent, 17 March 2015

Life under Isis: Why I deserted the 'Islamic State' rather than take part in executions, beheadings and rape - the story of a former jihadi, The Independent, 16 March 2015

Life under Isis: The everyday reality of living in the Islamic 'Caliphate' with its 7th Century laws, very modern methods and merciless violence, The Independent, 15 March 2015

Refugees from Isis tell of fears of forced marriages, The Independent, 15 March 2015

War with Isis: The Kurdish Tiger's roar is worse than its bite - the Peshmerga have come to rely on US air strikes, The Independent, 8 March 2015

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what? , The Independent, 4 March 2015

Isis in Iraq: Even if Iraqi troops take back Saddam's city of Tikrit they will face bombs and booby traps, The Independent, 2 March 2015

War with Isis: Fears that looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees', The Independent, 1 March 2015

'Jihadi John': Reaction to the unmasking of Emwazi confirms his PR value, The Independent, 26 February 2015

Isis in Syria: Aided by US air strikes, Kurds cut terrorists' supply line linking Syria and Iraq, The Independent, 25 February 2015

War with Isis: Militants kidnap up to 90 Assyrian Christian men, women and children from villages in north-east Syria, The Independent, 24 February 2015

Private donors from Gulf oil states helping to bankroll salaries of up to 100,000 Isis fighters, The Independent, 22 February 2015

Isis in Iraq: Assyrian Christian militia keep well-armed militants at bay - but they are running out of ammunition, The Independent, 22 February 2015

Isis has made many enemies, but it may be saved by their inability to unite, The Independent, 22 February 2015

‘Isis: Paranoid but determined, Islamic State is ready for fight to the death in Mosul, The Independent, 17 February 2015

It's the little lies that torpedo the news stars - as Brian Williams has found to his cost last week, The Independent, 15 February 2015

Assad's Weak Hand, CounterPunch, 12 February 2015

Isis in Iraq: Britain has no plan for tackling the militants, and no idea who's in charge, The Independent, 8 February 2015

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece, The Independent, 1 February 2015

How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad, The Independent, 1 February 2015

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it, The Independent, 28 January 2015

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, The Independent, 27 January 2015

Greece elections: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras takes aim at 'neo-liberal' Europe as country gears up for prolonged austerity battle, The Independent, 26 January 2015

Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party, The Independent, 25 January 2015

Greece elections: Voters will choose the Syriza party - and send a defiant message to the EU, The Independent, 25 January 2015

Patrick Cockburn: ‘An effective terrorist attack requires the complicity of governments' by David Shariatmadari, The Guardian, 24 January 2015

War on Isis: Flood of jihadi volunteers to Syria 'unstoppable', warns Turkish Prime Minister, The Independent, 21 January 2015

If all right-thinking people are united against terrorism, where are the 'Je suis Nigeria' banners? The Independent, 18 January 2015

Al-Qaeda gains ground in Yemen as country descends into civil war, The Independent, 12 January 2015

Paris attacks: Don't blame these atrocities on security failures, The Independent, 11 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo attack: A ceasefire with Syria's President Assad may help to turn the jihadi tide, The Independent, 7 January 2015

War with Isis: The West is wrong again in its fight against terror, The Independent, 4 January 2015

Dispatch From Northern Iraq: If Only They Would Leave, CounterPunch, 2 January 2015

War with Isis: Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter the militants' gruesome tactics, The Independent, 28 December 2014

CIA 'torture Report': Agency Conduct Was Driven by Pressure to Link Iraq to al-Qaeda Following 9/11, The Unz Review, 14 December 2014

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now, The Independent, 14 December 2014

The CIA's real failure? It pursued the wrong targets, The Independent, 9 December 2014

Building a British naval base in Bahrain is a 'symbolic choice' – for no clear reason, The Independent, 7 December 2014

War with Isis: Iran joins ‘Great Satan's' fight against militants with bombing raids over Iraq, The Independent, 3 December 2014

Iraq's 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers' analysis: This is further proof of army corruption, The Independent, 1 December 2014

War with Isis: Theresa May tinkers while Iraq and Syria burn, The Independent, 30 November 2014

Rise of the jehadis by Vijay Prashad, ZNet, 29 November 2014

Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country, The Independent, 23 November 2014

Isis extends deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital, The Independent, 19 November 2014

Isis in Iraq: Baghdad hails the retaking of the Baiji oil refinery as the start of the long fightback against the Islamist militants, The Independent, 18 November 2014

War with Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader, The Independent, 16 November 2014

Isis: the Kurds strike back - Army retakes control of oil refinery town as Kurds stand firm against overstretched Isis, The Independent, 14 November 2014

War against Isis: PKK commander tasked with the defence of Syrian Kurds claims 'we will save Kobani, The Independent, 11 November 2014

Isis in Iraq: The brutal reality of life in Mosul under Islamic State - 'We are dying', The Independent, 9 November 2014

War with Isis: The militants will remain until the region's Sunnis feel safe, The Independent, 9 November 2014

The West is silent as Libya falls into the abyss, The Independent, 2 November 2014

ohn Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani, The Independent, 28 October 2014

Fall of the Berlin Wall eyewitness: An accidental explosion of freedom, The Independent, 27 October 2014

Saudi Arabia: As executions rise, allies must focus more closely on warring anti-IS forces, The Independent, 26 October 2014

Isis in Kobani: US resupplies Kurdish fighters by plane - then Turkey allows reinforcements through its border, The Independent, 20 October 2014

Ankara bombs PKK rebels inside Turkey while Kurds in Kobani face Isis, The Independent, 14 October 2014

Iraq descends into anarchy: Shia militias 'abducting and killing Sunni civilians in revenge for Isis attacks', The Independent, 14 October 2014

War against Isis: US air strategy in tatters as militants march on, The Independent, 12 October 2014

Isis in Kobani: Turkey ignores Kurdish fury as militants close in on capturing the town, The Independent, 9 October 2014

Isis in Kobani: Turkey's act of abandonment may mark an 'irrevocable breach' with Kurds across the region, The Independent, 7 October 2014

Isis on the verge of victory in Kobani as US strategy lies in ruins: Jihadists close to taking city near Turkish border in Syria, The Independent, 7 October 2014

Isis militants: Twitter provides one of the few forums in which Saudis can discuss what they really feel - and it says they blame the clergy for Isis, The Independent, 5 October 2014

Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack, The Independent, 30 September 2014

The Rise of ISIS and the Origins of the New Middle East War by Tariq Ali and Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 29 September 2014

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis, The Independent, 28 September 2014

On the eve of yet another war in Iraq, is the UK's strategy any more coherent than in 2003? The Independent, 25 September 2014

Air strikes will not beat Isis, but on the ground it's hard to tell friend from foe, The Independent, 24 September 2014

Syria air strikes: President Obama undergoes Damascene conversion as Isis forces America to change tack, The Independent, 23 September 2014

Nothing will stop Isis except a Syrian truce, The Independent, 21 September 2014

Islamic State: Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows across the region, The Independent, 14 September 2014

Islamic State: 'US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis', The Independent, 14 September 2014

The impossible war: Isis 'cannot be beaten' as long as there is civil war in Syria, The Independent, 11 September 2014

Syria and Iraq: Why US policy is fraught with danger, The Independent, 9 September 2014

An obvious first step - close the jihadis' highway, The Independent, 24 August 2014

Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, How to Ensure a Thriving Caliphate,, 21 August 2014

How the Islamic state became the juggernaut it is today, VICE, 19 August 2014

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last, The Independent, 17 August 2014

Iraq crisis: The ultimate power struggle - why Nouri al-Maliki had to go, The Indepedent, 15 August 2014

Isis makes further advances in Syria while West vacillates over Iraq, The Independent, 14 August 2014

Iraq crisis: New Prime Minister named, but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to stand down without a fight, The Independent, 11 August 2014

raq crisis: American intervention against Isis boosts Kurdish morale as President Obama launches more air strikes, The Independent, 10 August 2014

Crisis in the Middle East: The end of a country, and the start of a new dark age, The Independent, 10 August 2014

Iraq crisis: Barack Obama sends in bombers to tackle Isis' 'potential genocide', The Independent, 8 August 2014

Isis consolidates, London Review of Books, 7 August 2014 (21 August issue)

Israel-Gaza conflict: What has Israel achieved in 26 bloody days? The Independent, 3 August 2014

Isis winning its w on two fronts: Militants conquered Sunni regions of Iraq and are now consolidating hold on north-east Syria, The Independent, 31 July 2014

Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire, The Independent, 29 July 2014

The secret report that helps Israel hide facts, The Independent, 27 July 2014

Time runs out for Christian Iraq: Isis deadline passes with mass flight, The Independent, 20 July 2014

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering, The Independent, 20 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Collateral damage is inevitable in the chaos of proxy war, The Independent, 18 July 2014

Syria conflict: Isis marches further into Syria tipping the balance of power in the civil war, The Independent, 15 July 2014

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country, The Independent, 13 July 2014

Iraq crisis: Accusations fly between Kurdish leaders and Baghdad hampering co-ordinated action against militants, The Independent, 10 July 2014

Battle for Baghdad, London Review of Books, 10 July 2014 (17 July issue)

Bahrain moves to expel 'unwelcome' US official for meeting Shia opposition group, The Independent, 8 July 2014

Isis leader preaches holy war: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi puts persecution of Shias at heart of his ideology ahead of push on Baghdad, The Independent, 7 July 2014

Iraq crisis: As Shia shrines are targeted and Tikrit is strangled, the fiercest of wars lies ahead, The Independent, 6 July 2014

Ahmed Chalabi: Right man, wrong time for Iraq's once-exiled opposition leader? The Independent, 4 July 2014

Iraq crisis: Saudi Arabian troops mass at border after claims 2,500 Iraqi troops have abandoned their positions, The Independent, 3 July 2014

Parliamentary Paralysis in Iraq, CounterPunch, 2 July 2014

Isis Caliphate has Baghdad worried because of appeal to angry young Sunnis, The Independent, 30 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Tikrit turns into a 'town of ghosts' as Isis occupation leaves Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the edge, The Independent, 29 June 2014

Iraq crisis: John Kerry's search for moderates is five years late, The Independent, 29 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Sectarian hatred stalks Baghdad as the rise of Isis widens the gulf between Shia and Sunni, The Independent, 27 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Nouri al-Maliki is 'taking Iraq to hell' by rejecting salvation government, The Independent, 25 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Kurds winning the battle for self-rule as country disintegrates, The Independent, 24 June 2014

raq crisis: Fears of partition grow as Islamists seize border crossing with Jordan and sweep towards Baghdad, The Independent, 23 June 2014

Iraq crisis - the great unravelling: US and Iran need to work together fast, as the barbarians are at the gate, The Independent, 22 June 2014

Iraq crisis: As the Sunni terror spreads, its fighters look for wives, The Independent, 22 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Maliki's days in power numbered as Iran and US lose faith, The Independent, 20 June 2014

Iraq crisis: In Baghdad, a city gripped by fear, news is priceless - but Isis is winning the propaganda war, The Independent, 19 June 2014

Iraq crisis: US precision attacks will hurt the jihadists but they won't defeat them, The Independent, 19 June 2014

Iraq crisis exclusive: US rules out military action until Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stands down, The Independent, 19 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Fears grow that Baghdad could be engulfed in sectarian violence as Isis edges in on capital, The Independent, 17 June 2014

Iraq crisis: In Baghdad, the fear index is the price of a bullet and it has tripled, The Independent, 16 June 2014

Who are Isis? The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, The Independent, 16 June 2014

Iraq crisis: US lines up Iran talks to combat Isis as 'mass execution' pushes Iraq towards sectarian war, The Independent, 16 June 2014

Iraq crisis: West must take up Tehran's offer to block an Isis victory, The Independent, 15 June 2014

Iran to step in to prevent collapse of Iraqi state, The Independent, 13 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Baghdad prepares for the worst as Islamist militants vow to capture the capital, The Independent, 13 June 2014

Iraq crisis: 'Do not fall prey to your vanities' - the philosophy of the country's new conquerors, The Independent, 12 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Capture of Mosul ushers in the birth of a Sunni caliphate, The Independent, 11 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Islamist militants attack Tikrit and near Baghdad after 500,000 are forced to flee Mosul, The Independent, 11 June 2014

Mosul emergency: Who is the jihadi leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? The Independent, 10 June 2014

Mosul emergency: Anarchy in Iraq as militants seize northern capital and free 1,200 prisoners in jail break, The Independent, 10 June 2014

Battle to establish Islamic state across Iraq and Syria, The Independent, 9 June 2014

In the war on terrorism, only al-Qa'ida thrives, The Independent, 8 June 2014

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl release: Email exchange reveals extent of US failure in Afghan war, The Independent, 3 June 2014

The Chilcot inquiry's focus on Bush-Blair secrets distracts us from disaster in plain sight, The Independent, 1 June 2014

Syria: Fighting a civil war through the ballot box, The Independent, 28 May 2014

Syrian rebels cut off water to Aleppo in botched attack on regime areas - and manage to create shortage in their own strongholds, The Independent, 12 May 2014

Foreign Jihadis in Syria Pledge Their Own 9/11, CounterPunch, 5 May 2014

In Syria, rebel attacks in the north reflect a number of important changes, The Independent, 17 April 2014

Syria conflict: A shift for fading insurgency as foreign backers look to reverse months of military defeats at the hands of government soldiers, The Independent, 16 April 2014

MI6, the CIA and Turkey's rogue game in Syria, The Independent, 13 April 2014

Al-Qa'ida, the second act: Syria's secular uprising has been hijacked by jihadists, The Independent, 20 March 2014

Al-Qa'ida, the second act: Is Saudi Arabia regretting its support for terrorism? The Independent, 17 March 2014

Endless War? As Syria Conflict Enters 4th Year, Deadly Stalemate Favors Assad Regime, Democracy Now! 17 March 2014 (video and transcript)

Syria's road to hell: A hair-raising journey between Damascus and Tartous, The Independent, 8 March 2014

The nature of war has changed, which is bleak news for Syria's minorities, The Independent, 1 March 2014

Local truces aside, the ingredients for a long Syrian war are all still in place, The Indepedent, 23 February 2014

Syria conflict: Enemies cross the front lines in Damascus. But will the truce hold? The Independent, 19 February 2014


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