Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining in 1999. Since then he has launched foreign bureaus for in Jerusalem, London and the Pacific Rim. From October 2006 to July 2007, Patrick served as Managing Editor at the organization's world headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Now back in the Pacific Rim, as International Editor he reports on politics, international relations, security, terrorism, ethics and religion, and oversees reporting by's roster of international stringers.

My Articles

October 21, 2016, 4:22 AM EDT
The U.S. serviceman killed by a roadside bomb north of Mosul Thursday is the fourth to be killed in action since the mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) was launched in 2014 – and the 3,693rd American soldier, sailor, airman or Marine to be killed in combat in Iraq since the war there began in March 2003.
October 20, 2016, 4:22 AM EDT
Stolen Clinton presidential campaign emails reveal how some senior staffers felt about the advice Hillary Clinton was getting from a former colleague, and it doesn’t make pretty reading.
October 20, 2016, 4:14 AM EDT
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night reiterated her support for a “no-fly zone” in Syria, saying that imposing one “could save lives and could hasten the end of the conflict.”
October 19, 2016, 11:21 PM EDT
Donald Trump said during the third presidential debate on Wednesday night that partial-birth abortion was “not acceptable” while Hillary Clinton called his description of babies being ripped from the womb in the ninth month of gestation “scare rhetoric.”
October 19, 2016, 5:50 PM EDT
The U.S. presidential campaign and issues raised by nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are evidence that “spirituality and faith are lacking among those in power” in America, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared on Wednesday.
October 19, 2016, 4:38 AM EDT
Italy and the United States have a long and warm relationship, but for his final state dinner guest, President Obama chose a leader who has also gone further than any other in the West to embrace a regime in Iran that still views America as enemy number one.
October 19, 2016, 4:22 AM EDT
At the end of a statement responding to the sentencing by an Iranian court of two more Iranian-Americans – a father and son accused of “cooperating with the hostile American government” – State Department spokesman Mark Toner added a paragraph about Levinson.
October 18, 2016, 2:25 PM EDT
A conservative think tank’s new scorecard of lawmakers’ votes on key national security issues gives 100 percent scores to 19 Republican senators, ten of whom are up for re-election in November.
October 18, 2016, 4:48 AM EDT
As UNESCO’s executive board meets Tuesday to give final approval to a controversial text on Jerusalem, the bloc of Islamic nations is saying openly what U.N. diplomats are not: that according to the resolution, what Jews know as the Temple Mount is “an exclusively Islamic holy site.”
October 17, 2016, 4:33 AM EDT
The first reports identifying one of the San Bernardino terror attackers as a man with a Muslim name drew a vexed response from two senior staffers on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last December, a leaked email indicates.
October 17, 2016, 4:22 AM EDT
The most important battle yet in the campaign to dislodge ISIS jihadists from territory in Iraq and Syria began early Monday, when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the offensive to retake Mosul was underway.
October 16, 2016, 7:17 PM EDT
Without the Iran nuclear threat to unify Americans and distract attention from its own failings, the Obama administration is now trying to portray Russia as the enemy, President Vladimir Putin charged Sunday.
October 14, 2016, 4:28 AM EDT
The email warned that the nuclear deal “could well be a voting issue for many moderates in the Jewish community.”
October 14, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
The State Department reaffirmed Thursday its desire to resume funding for the U.N. Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), after the U.S. failed in its latest bid to prevent the agency’s executive board from passing a resolution minimizing the Jewish people’s links to Judaism’s most revered site.
October 13, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
Egypt will hold joint military exercises along the Mediterranean coast with Russia this week, in a further sign of a rift between President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and fellow Sunni leaders who have sided against Russia over its support for the Assad regime.
October 12, 2016, 4:34 AM EDT
On the actual claim of Saudi and Qatari backing for ISIS, however, State Department spokesman John Kirby said he would not “speak about the veracity of leaked documents and whether they’re authentic or not.”
October 12, 2016, 4:21 AM EDT
Pakistan has long dismissed claims that its powerful military intelligence agency colludes with terrorists, but the country has been shaken by a news report on an alleged “unprecedented” confrontation between civilian and military leaders over the issue.
October 11, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
Calls for investigations into possible war crimes in Syria by Russia and the Assad regime mounted Monday, with the French government saying it would discuss the matter with International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterating an earlier appeal for the U.N. Security Council to refer the situation to the ICC.
October 11, 2016, 4:13 AM EDT
A campaign by the top-ranked women’s chess player in the U.S. challenging mandatory wearing of the hijab at a prestigious women’s competition in Tehran next year is picking up steam, with several high profile players pledging support and a petition nearing its target.
October 10, 2016, 2:29 PM EDT
When Donald Trump during Sunday night’s debate questioned the administration’s approach to retaking the ISIS stronghold of Mosul in Iraq, he got pushback not from rival Hillary Clinton but one of the debate moderators.