Stories by Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn is the author of  Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq.  subscribe to Patrick Cockburn's feed

Posted on: Mar 30, 2015, Source: The Independent

Whatever happens in Iraq and Yemen, the political temperature of the region is getting hotter by the day.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2014, Source: CounterPunch

Open opposition to ISIS is limited because people are terrified of savage retaliation at its hands.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2014, Source: The Independent

In both Syria and Iraq, ISIS is expanding its control rather than contracting as the recent U.S.-led airstrikes proved ineffective.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2014, Source: The Independent

Peace can only come from a diplomatic solution between the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2014, Source: The Independent

Fighters are now driving deeper westwards into Syria.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2014, Source: The Independent

It is wishful thinking from the West and regional leaders that the fall of ISIS might be sudden and swift.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2014, Source: The Independent

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2014, Source: The Independent

Neither are likely to be resolved soon.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2014, Source: The Independent

It's ISIS versus the Shia militias as Iraq is under siege, with the U.S. and its allies trying to figure out how to counteract the insurgency.

Posted on: Jun 21, 2014, Source: The Independent

The government is trying to maintain morale in the capitol by downplaying ISIS successes, emphasizing patriotism and stressing that Baghdad can never fall.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2014, Source: The Independent

The fall of Mosul has not only changed the balance of power between Iraq’s three main communities but also affects the political geography for Iraq and Syria.

Posted on: Mar 4, 2014, Source: CounterPunch

The Syrian battleground shows how the nature of war has changed from great power rivalry to proxy wars fueled by fundamentalism.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2013, Source: The Independent UK

The evidence so far for the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army is second-hand and comes from a biased source.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2013, Source: The Independent

Compromise is no longer feasible, and the army controls the levers of power.

Posted on: May 16, 2013, Source: CounterPunch

The dangers of ignoring history.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2011, Source: Independent UK

A female member of the al-Khalifa royal family in Bahrain has been accused of repeatedly beating the 20-year-old student poet Ayat al-Gormezi.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2011, Source: Independent UK

Recipes for staying in power that have served them so well since the early 1970s suddenly don't work for the Arab despots.

Posted on: May 16, 2010, Source: CounterPunch

Fighting in the tribal areas on the Pakistani border has long been seen by the Western media as a sideshow to the Afghan war. Not anymore.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2010, Source: Independent UK

Five years ago he was denounced as an American puppet, but Iyad Allawi, the former Iraqi prime minister, is set for a surprising return to the center-stage of Iraqi politics.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2010, Source: Independent UK

The only surprise about the hanging of Saddam's former henchman, who was convicted for the massacre of 5,000 Kurds, is that it took so long to happen.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2009, Source: Independent UK

"It is extraordinary to see the US begin to make the same mistakes in Yemen as it previously made in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Posted on: Nov 13, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

One reason Afghan villagers prefer dealing with the Taliban than govt. security forces is that the latter have a habit of seizing their sons at checkpoints and sodomizing them.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2009, Source: Independent UK

The election in Afghanistan has turned into a disaster for all who promoted it.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

What foreign reporting of elections in both Afghanistan and Iraq misses is that many ordinary Afghans and Iraqis see their governments as rackets run by political gangsters.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

The American military withdrawal is stabilizing Iraq to a degree the neocons who got us into this war could never admit to.

Posted on: May 29, 2009, Source: Independent UK

Allegations of kickbacks rock key government department as 1,000 officials face arrest and the Trade Minister is forced to resign.

Posted on: May 1, 2009, Source: Independent UK

Western aid agencies are lavishing vast sums on their officials while extreme poverty is driving young Afghans to fight for the Taliban.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2009, Source: Independent UK

A unique civilization that has existed in Iraq for thousands of years, the marsh Arabs survived Saddam but now are losing a battle against nature.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

As American troops prepare to leave, the Sunni who changed from insurgents to US allies over the last two years are fearful for their future.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2009, Source: Independent UK

The suicide bombing comes three days after a similar attack killed 28 people near the police academy in east Baghdad.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2009, Source: Independent UK

More U.S. troops in Afghanistan will spark a backlash in which religion combines with nationalism to oppose foreign intervention.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2009, Source: Independent UK

Iraqi voters have rebuffed religious parties and cemented the power of the country's Prime Minister.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2009, Source: Independent UK

The last regional poll, in 2005, triggered two years of civil war. This time, there was not a single major attack anywhere in the country.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2009, Source: Independent UK

The scale of the ruin, the economic siege of the enclave, and attempts to exclude Hamas are complicating factors.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2008, Source: CounterPunch

Iraq's parliament came to a major agreement recently: all 150,000 troops are to withdraw from cities by June.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2008, Source: Independent UK

The attack, which killed eight, was labeled "terrorist aggression" by Syria and is an unexpected expansion of the Iraq war.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2008, Source: Independent UK

The Bush administration will present the pact as a sign of its success in Iraq, but in fact it is very different from what it intended.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2008, Source: Independent UK

Although Bob Woodward doesn't mention it in his book, the true aim of the U.S. has been to figure out Baghdad's real relationship with Iran.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2008, Source: Independent UK

With an eye on the presidential election, the White House is working to create the impression that the war is ripe for U.S. victory.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2008, Source: CounterPunch

The United States has far less control over events in Iraq than politicians and the press would have us believe.