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: 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?

Posted on: Dec 4, 2015, Source: CounterPunch

Isis has modified its tactics to take account of the continuing risk of air strikes.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2015, Source: CounterPunch

Leaders of NATO countries will want to prevent further Russian-Turkish hostilities.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2015, Source: CounterPunch

So long as it exists, it will project its power through suicide operations like those we have just seen in Paris.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2015, Source: CounterPunch

The military balance of power in Syria and Iraq is changing.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2015, Source: The Independent

Kurdish plans to recapture a vital town on Syria's border with Turkey could transform the fight against the jihadists.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2015, Source: London Review of Books

Like most of the other participants in the civil wars in Iraq and Syria, the self-declared caliphate is too well rooted to disappear.

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.