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.

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August 23, 2017, 4:29 AM EDT
Both Mattis and the commander of the U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, pointed to the tendency of the Sunni jihadists to use civilians as human shields.
August 23, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Asked whether he could “fill in the blanks a little bit” about troop numbers, Mattis replied, “I’d prefer not to go into those numbers right now.”
August 23, 2017, 4:19 AM EDT
The regime has not backed off on its belligerent rhetoric, including threats to target Guam.
August 22, 2017, 4:30 AM EDT
Unnamed U.S. officials were cited in wire service reports earlier Monday as saying around 4,000 additional U.S. troops will be deployed.
August 22, 2017, 4:22 AM EDT
The Taliban early Tuesday decried President Trump’s decision not to withdraw U.S. troops, and warned that the country would become a “graveyard for the American empire.”
August 21, 2017, 11:05 PM EDT
President Trump put Pakistan on notice Monday, accusing America’s often most troubling ally of giving “safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror “ and warning that it was time for it “to demonstrate its commitment to to civilization, order and peace.”
August 21, 2017, 4:28 AM EDT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared Sunday that the conflict in Syria is part of a broader campaign by the West to punish countries – including Syria, Iran and North Korea – that refuse to bow to its “hegemony.”
August 21, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
Ahead of an Iran-focused visit to Vienna by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, the regime’s new defense minister on Sunday pushed back against U.S. criticism of its ballistic missile program, declaring that it would continue undeterred by outside pressure.
August 18, 2017, 4:20 AM EDT
“I can just assure you that in close collaboration with our allies, there are strong military consequences if DPRK initiates hostilities,” Mattis told reporters at the State Department.
August 17, 2017, 9:05 PM EDT
The United States and its allies will work together to “drive the evil of radical Islamic terror from the face of the Earth,” Vice-President Mike Pence pledged Thursday, responding to an ISIS-claimed terror attack in Barcelona.
August 17, 2017, 4:40 AM EDT
“The fact is that the Western states and regional countries have directly or indirectly supplied banned poisonous substances to militants, terrorists and extremists active in Syria,” a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
August 17, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman implied Wednesday that the former president invokes Nelson Mandela only when convenient.
August 16, 2017, 4:47 AM EDT
The governments of Israel and Jordan have – separately – both voiced concern about the growing influence of Iran on their doorsteps.
August 16, 2017, 4:12 AM EDT
The Taliban addressed an open letter, almost 1,500 words long, to President Trump on Tuesday, calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
August 15, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Reassuring the people of Guam that there has been no change in threat level, the territory’s homeland security adviser said Monday the chances of a North Korean missile hitting the island were minuscule.
August 14, 2017, 8:49 PM EDT
Defense Secretary James Mattis cautioned North Korea Monday that any missile attack on American soil could lead to war.
August 14, 2017, 4:46 AM EDT
Iranian lawmakers on Sunday overwhelmingly backed legislation aimed at countering “hegemonic, terrorist and divisive” U.S. policies in the region, incorporating a raft of sanctions and increased spending for the regime’s ballistic missile program and the terror-sponsoring Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Qods Force.
August 14, 2017, 4:39 AM EDT
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday pushed back against a suggestion by his predecessor that the United States could “tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea,” challenging the notion that Cold War-style deterrence could work with a regime like the one in Pyongyang.
August 10, 2017, 10:34 PM EDT
President Trump on Thursday reiterated his warning to the Kim Jong-un regime not to attack the U.S. or its territories or allies, saying the North Koreans “better get their act together, or they’re going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world.”
August 10, 2017, 9:26 PM EDT
The governor of the U.S. commonwealth of Pacific islands neighboring Guam on Thursday voiced his full support for President Trump and his handling of the standoff with North Korea.