Stories by Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn is a Middle East Correspondent for the Independent. He has written four books on Iraq’s recent history—The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the Sunni Revolution, Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq, The Occupation, and Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession (with Andrew Cockburn)—as well as a memoir, The Broken Boy and, with his son, a book on schizophrenia, Henry’s Demons, which was shortlisted for a Costa Award.  subscribe to Patrick Cockburn's feed

Posted on: May 15, 2017, Source: CounterPunch

Syrian Kurds are worried that, once Isis is defeated, the U.S. will no longer need them.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2017, Source: CounterPunch

“Fake news” and “false facts” are the battle cries in this ferocious struggle for power in Washington.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2017, Source: CounterPunch

It will be difficult under a leader who is an international figure of disdain and is often visibly detached from reality.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2017, Source: CounterPunch

White House actions in the Middle East are helping Iran to displace U.S. influence in Iraq.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2017, Source: The Independent

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2016, Source: The Independent

The precedent set in Aleppo means that participants in any future conflict will have an interest in deterring foreign journalists who might report objectively.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2016, Source: The Independent

Journalists and public alike should regard all information about Syria and Iraq with reasoned skepticism.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2016, Source: CounterPunch

The US army and air force is today heavily engaged in Iraq and Syria and that is not going to end with Obama’s departure.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2016, Source: CounterPunch

In reality, Trump made very few proposals for radical change in US foreign policy during the election campaign.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2016, Source: CounterPunch

It is not as if Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and the U.S. foreign policy establishment in general did not know what was happening.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2016, Source: AlterNet

It was interesting to see a tradition of deliberate mendacity being not only maintained, but outdone in Syria over the last week.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2016, Source: CounterPunch

"Like three-dimensional chess played by nine players and with no rules."

Posted on: Aug 5, 2016, Source: CounterPunch

Erdogan and his government are carrying out a purge of everybody connected in any way to the coup movement.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2016, Source: CounterPunch

The number of people detained so far is at 6,000 including soldiers.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2016, Source: Tom Dispatch

Seven ongoing wars, ushering in an era of instability.

Posted on: May 2, 2016, Source: CounterPunch

Is armed battled inevitable?

Posted on: Apr 28, 2016, Source: OR Books

U.S. air strikes and Iraqi Army artillery “kill us along with ISIL fighters. There is no difference between what they do and the mass killings by ISIL.”

Posted on: Apr 27, 2016, Source: The Independent

Authority is shifting, and the current king isn't handling it well.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2016, Source: The Independent

The U.S. public may not have known that their soldiers were back in Iraq defending a fire base, but ISIS certainly had observed the arrival.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2016, Source: CounterPunch

The Syrian war is at a crucial stage. How does Turkey fit in?

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