Patrick Cockburn

Middle East correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, Patrick Cockburn was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting. His book on his years covering the war in Iraq, The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq (Verso) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Every Syrian Fighter Is Waging an Existential Battle That Can Only End in Victory or Death
Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh , his face bloody and bruised from bomb blast, stares out in bafflement at a world in which somebody had just tried to kill him. Pictures of his little figure in the back of an ambulance in Aleppo have swiftly become the living symbol of the slaughter in Syria and Iraq...
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The Age of Disintegration: Our Endless Cycle of Indecisive Wars
We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the vast swath of territory between Pakistan and Nigeria, there are at least seven ongoing wars -- in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and South Sudan. These...
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Isis Faces Likely Defeat in Battles Across Iraq and Syria – But What Happens Next?
Isis is under attack in and around the last three big cities it holds in Iraq and Syria – Fallujah , Mosul and Raqqa. It is likely to lose these battles because its lightly armed if fanatical infantry, fighting from fixed positions, cannot withstand air strikes called in by specialised ground...
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Friday, April 15, 2016
Thanks to UK and US Intervention, al-Qaeda now Has a Mini-State in Yemen. It's Iraq and Isis All Over Again
They have done it again. The US, Britain and regional allies led by Saudi Arabia have come together to intervene in another country with calamitous results. Instead of achieving their aims, they have produced chaos, ruining the lives of millions of people and creating ideal conditions for salafi-...
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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Syrian Civil War: Why the Endless Conflict Is at a Decisive Point
The Syrian peace talks between government and opposition will begin in the next few days in Geneva in an atmosphere of almost undiluted gloom about the prospects for success. The two sides hate each other and have spent five years trying to kill each other, making it unlikely that they will agree...
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Isis May Be Concluding It Need No Longer Tread Carefully in Turkey
Turkey is becoming a more dangerous place, but then so is the Middle East and North Africa and anywhere Isis can send its suicide squads. The Turkish authorities say that the bomber who killed at least 10 people, mostly German tourists, near the obelisk of Theodosius, not far from Hagia Sophia and...
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Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Refugee Crisis: Where Are All these People Coming from and Why?
It is an era of violence in the Middle East and North Africa, with nine civil wars now going on in Islamic countries between Pakistan and Nigeria. This is why there are so many refugees fleeing for their lives. Half of the 23 million population of Syria have been forced from their homes, with four...
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
We Can All Get by Quite Well Without Banks - Ireland Managed to Survive Without Them
Television reporters stand in front of the shut doors of banks in Athens and speak as if a few days more of bank closure brings the Greeks that much closer to catastrophe. Media coverage dwells obsessively on the theme that for Greece it is five minutes to midnight, but somehow midnight never comes...
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Yemen Crisis: This Exotic War Will Soon Become Europe's Problem
Yemen is short of many things, but weapons is not one of them. Yemenis own between 40 and 60 million guns, according to a report by UN experts published earlier this year. This should be enough for Yemen’s 26 million people, although the experts note that demand for grenades that used to cost $5,...
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Monday, April 13, 2015
In the Middle East, Our Enemy's Enemy Must Be Our Friend
The ghost of Osama bin Laden will have been chuckling this month as he watches the movements he inspired conquer swathes of the Middle East. He will be particularly gratified to see fighters from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) storm into Al Mukalla, the capital of Yemen’s eastern province...
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