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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July 12, 2016, 1:19 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby on Monday rejected the notion that the further expansion of the U.S. troop footprint in Iraq amounts to “mission creep,” saying that the unchanged mission of the troops deployed there is training, advising and assisting Iraqi forces.
July 11, 2016, 1:35 AM EDT
Under fire in Congress over plans to sell commercial aircraft to Iran, Boeing vice-chairman Ray Conner said Sunday that if the company was prevented from going ahead with the multi-billion dollar deal, then so too should other aircraft manufacturers
July 10, 2016, 11:45 PM EDT
The controversial new president of the Philippines has accused the United States of “importing terrorism” from the Middle East through its policies in the region.
July 8, 2016, 4:29 AM EDT
House Passes Measures Aimed at Shooting Down Boeing-Iran Deal
July 7, 2016, 9:36 PM EDT
Stung by the first-ever imposition of U.S. sanctions against its top leadership including Kim Jong-un, the Stalinist regime in Pyongyang called the move an act of war, threatening “the toughest countermeasures” and warning that the U.S. will rue its “foolish and reckless” deed.
July 7, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
A Boeing 747 of Iran’s national airline is parked at Mehrabad international airport in Tehran in 2003.
July 7, 2016, 4:12 AM EDT
The Palestinian Authority dedicates an estimated ten percent of its budget to pay the families of Palestinian terrorists, including those killed during attacks and those in prison, the House Foreign Affairs Committee heard Wednesday.
July 6, 2016, 4:21 AM EDT
The State Department’s Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Rick Stengel, raised eyebrows and ire on Twitter after quoting Iran’s foreign minister voicing Muslim solidarity after terror attacks in Saudi Arabia.
July 5, 2016, 4:26 AM EDT
The “surge” of Syrian refugee admissions first announced by the State Department last spring hit a new peak during June – 2,381 refugees, or more than double the number permitted to resettle in the United States in May.
July 5, 2016, 4:15 AM EDT
In the aftermath of a deadly terrorist attack on a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital’s diplomatic quarter, the country is struggling to come to terms with the fact that most of the perpetrators were well-educated and wealthy – far from the stereotype of the impoverished and embittered jihadi recruit.
July 1, 2016, 4:27 AM EDT
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization on Thursday declared a “martyr” a Palestinian who stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli-American girl in her bed.
July 1, 2016, 4:13 AM EDT
Participants at a previous year's Iranian opposition mass gathering in Paris, France.
June 30, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
“Because we only have observer status,” Mark Toner told a briefing in response to questions about calls for the kingdom’s suspension, “I’d refer you to the U.N. for more details. I mean, we don’t have a vote.”
June 29, 2016, 4:27 AM EDT
The State Department may have hoped a furor over a censored press briefing video was over, but now it faces a federal lawsuit brought by a group determined to get to the bottom of what it calls a “shameful cover-up” relating to the Iran nuclear deal.
June 29, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
“Doing business is one of the best ways to create interests and vested purpose, if you will, in furthering transformation,” he said at the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, adding that the administration was trying to “thread a needle” in its dealings with Iran – “a very difficult needle to thread.”
June 28, 2016, 7:19 PM EDT
Members of the European Parliament jeered as British anti-E.U. politician Nigel Farage accused them of being “in denial” over the failure of the European project, and declared that “virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives.”
June 28, 2016, 4:28 AM EDT
Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman sparred with a CNN anchor Monday over the process for vetting Syrian refugees, and when the journalist cited a fact-checking website’s assessment of the process the spokeswoman retorted, “We’re not going to base national security off PolitiFact, or even the United Nations.”
June 28, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
As the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday held its once-a-session ritual condemnation of Israel, Pakistan’s representative blasted the Jewish state for complaining about being singled out at the U.N.s top human rights body.
June 27, 2016, 4:23 AM EDT
The leader of Hezbollah, in a rare public admission, has boasted that due to Iran’s generous support, new U.S. sanctions targeting his group – a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization – will have no impact.
June 27, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
As the world scrambles to come to terms with British voters’ decision to leave the European Union, Secretary of State John Kerry was jetting in Monday for talks with both partners in the impending divorce.