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

June 9, 2017, 4:13 AM EDT
A Lebanese-born man charged in New York on suspicion of scouting potential U.S. and Israeli targets for the Iranian-backed Shi’ite terrorist group Hezbollah became a naturalized American citizen after declaring to authorities that he had no associations with terrorists, according to a criminal complaint.
June 8, 2017, 8:04 PM EDT
National exit polls in Britain indicate that the Conservative Party may have lost its parliamentary majority, after Prime Minister Theresa May’s risky bid to call a snap election in the hope of winning a strong mandate for Brexit negotiations.
June 8, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
As Qatar continues to reject allegations of terror financing at the center of a serious rift with some of its neighbors, its state-funded Al-Jazeera network on Wednesday published a fatwa slamming the “unjust siege imposed on Qatar” – written by a Salafist cleric blacklisted by the U.S. and U.N. for facilitating and funding terrorism.
June 7, 2017, 8:37 PM EDT
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Iran created and is the main sponsor of the Lebanese-based Shi’ite terrorist group.
June 7, 2017, 4:40 AM EDT
For the second time in less than three weeks, the U.S.-led, anti-ISIS coalition on Tuesday bombed forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after they entered an area near the Syria-Jordan-Iraq border where the U.S. is training local forces to take on ISIS.
June 7, 2017, 4:28 AM EDT
President Trump phoned Saudi King Salman Tuesday to congratulate the kingdom for its leading role in drying up the “sources” of terrorism, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
June 6, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
Australia has voiced support for the U.S. military’s shift to “annihilation tactics” in the fight against ISIS, with its defense minister saying that it, too, would prefer that those who went to fight for the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq would not be able to return to their home countries to carry out attacks there.
June 6, 2017, 4:09 AM EDT
A federal contractor charged with leaking a top-secret NSA document to a media outlet was tracked down after the media outlet sent photos of the document to a government agency source – and in doing so providing investigators with vital clues that eventually led to the suspect.
June 5, 2017, 4:55 AM EDT
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates all severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in a concerted move on Monday, accusing of it supporting Shi’ite and Sunni extremists causing chaos and sectarianism across the region.
June 5, 2017, 4:22 AM EDT
The U.N.’s agency for Palestinian refugees said it 'mistakenly' used a photo of a girl in Syria in its fundraising appeal for refugees in Gaza.
June 5, 2017, 4:14 AM EDT
Less than a day after terrorists killed seven people in London, Britain’s left-wing opposition leader waded into Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday night, accusing her – four days before a general election – of trying to protect the country “on the cheap.”
June 2, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Philippines police on Friday reiterated that the actions of a lone gunman in a Manila casino resort constituted a robbery rather than a terrorist attack, as they also confirmed that three dozen people were found dead in the complex, apparently having suffocated due to smoke inhalation.
June 2, 2017, 4:18 AM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday slammed the U.S. for deploying ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems in Europe and Asia, saying the Iran nuclear deal made such defenses unnecessary in Europe, and predicting that the U.S. will keep the system in place in Asia, even if North Korea denuclearizes.
June 1, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
All eyes will be on the White House Rose Garden on Thursday afternoon as President Trump announces whether he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, but the day is also a deadline for another decision that, for many, is a test of his willingness to keep a key campaign pledge.
June 1, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
A total of 3,957 refugees were admitted into the United States in May, a 19.3 percent increase over April’s figures and a 91.1 percent jump from March’s low point of 2,070 admissions.
May 31, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
Defense Secretary James Mattis’ charge that Iran’s top leadership approved a foiled 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington drew a sharp response from Tehran on Tuesday, as it accused the U.S. of trying to stoke divisions among Islamic countries.
May 30, 2017, 7:00 PM EDT
In a “critical milestone” for the program to provide a missile defense umbrella over the U.S. homeland, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday reported the first successful interception and destruction in flight of a target with ICBM characteristics.
May 30, 2017, 6:01 AM EDT
The death toll in the latest terrorist atrocity targeting Egyptian Christians rose to 30 on Monday, after a victim succumbed to his wounds three days after Islamist gunmen opened fire on a group of travelers whom they had identified as Christians.
May 30, 2017, 4:13 AM EDT
As the Pentagon prepares for the first time to test the U.S. ability to intercept and destroy an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in flight, North Korea has again threatened to target the U.S. homeland with nuclear weapons.
May 26, 2017, 4:28 AM EDT
Amid an ongoing war of words between the Middle East’s leading Sunni and Shi’ite powers, Iran’s state media latched onto a new irritant this week – the interaction between a U.S. first lady with an uncovered head, and the king of Saudi Arabia.