Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Oliver Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He has written four books on Iraq 's recent history. He won the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005, the James Cameron Prize in 2006 and the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2009.


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President Trump’s Jerusalem decision risks uniting the entire Arab world against the US, Independent, 8 December 2017

Jerusalem embassy: Donald Trump's decision on Israel will seriously harm US influence in the Muslim world, Independent, 6 December 2017

Jerusalem explained: The city where three religions collide, and violence is never far away, Independent, 5 December 2017

There's no such thing as precise air strikes in modern warfare – just look at the civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, Independent, 1 December 2017

Having lived in Belfast at the height of the Troubles, I see how Brexit could push us toward war in Ireland again, Independent, 24 November 2017

The greatest dangers in the Middle East today are Jared Kushner and Mohamed bin Salman, Independent, 17 November 2017

Iraqi spies have infiltrated Isis 'sleeper cells' to prevent future terror attacks, says minister, Independent, 16 November 2017

Arbaeen: Millions of Shia Muslims take part in world's greatest pilgrimage as Isis is finally defeated, Independent, 9 November 2017

Camp Speicher massacre: Retracing the steps of Isis's worst-ever atrocity, Independent, 7 November 2017

Donald Trump's best new policy in the Middle East would be no new policy, Independent, 3 November 2017

Greatest threat to building peace in Iraq is not Isis – it's Donald Trump picking a fight with Iran, Independent, 2 November 2017

How the Kurds lost Iraq: 'They had tanks and planes and we had no chance', Independent, 31 October 2017

Iraq to end decades-old policy of semi-independent rule in Kurdistan, says PM, Independent, 30 October 2017

History tells us that nationalist referendums, like those in Kurdistan and the UK, never end well, Independent, 20 October 2017

Kurds face transformation of Iraq's political map as they lose territory in face of government advance, Independent, 18 October 2017

Iraq seizes Kirkuk from Kurds leaving two US allies locked in conflict and bringing end to move for independence, Independent, 16 October 2017

The defeat of Isis in Raqqa will bring problems for the victorious Syrian Kurds, Independent, 16 October 2017

The only person who loses out from America's refusal to certify the Iran deal is Trump, Independent, 13 October 2017

Neither Hamas or Fatah want to give up authority meaning the new Palestinian unity deal may not change much, Independent, 12 October 2017

Isis is facing near total defeat in Iraq and Syria – but it has been beaten and come back before, Independent, 11 October 2017

Underground in Raqqa, London Review of Books, 19 October 2017 issue

Iraqi Kurds have again made statehood an international issue – but their isolation leaves them vulnerable, Independent, 26 September 2017

Kurdish independence referendum: Millions vote in poll that could help bring down Iraqi government, Independent, 25 September 2017

Afraid of their waning power once Isis is defeated, the Kurds are calling for independence from Iraq, Independent, 22 September 2017

Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Why international powers fear independence vote could derail fight against Isis, Independent, 19 September 2017

Isis is stepping up its attention-grabbing atrocities to counterbalance its defeat in Iraq and Syria, where the vast majority of terror victims are, Independent, 15 September 2017

Schizophrenia part three: How reflecting on past mental health through art is more than just therapy, Independent, 14 September 2017

Schizophrenia, part two: Patrick Cockburn and his son describe living with mental illness, Independent, 12 September 2017

On Schizophrenia: Father and son discuss battling mental illness and the art it inspires, Independent, 11 September 2017

I’ve seen the reality of what happens after disasters like Hurricane Irma – it’s different to what you’ve been told, Independent, 8 September 2017

While defeat of Isis dominates global attention, al-Qaeda strengthens in Syria, Independent, 6 September 2017

Endtimes in Mosul, The Unz Review, 18 August 2017

Britain and America feel more unstable than I've ever seen them before – how do we come back from this? Independent, 4 August 2017

The world’s lack of outrage over tens of thousands of civilian deaths in Mosul is shameful, Independent, 21 July 2017

The massacre of Mosul: 40,000 feared dead in battle to take back city from Isis as scale of civilian casualties revealed, Independent, 19 July 2017

More than just revenge: Why Isis fighters are being thrown off buildings in Mosul, Independent, 17 July 2017

Don't underestimate Iraq's historic victory against Isis – though the human cost was great, Independent, 14 July 2017

Mosul's Sunni residents face mass persecution as Isis 'collaborators', Independent, 13 July 2017

Mosul families complain overuse of airstrikes killed thousands as they count their dead in wake of Isis defeat, Independent, 11 July 2017

Mosul victory marks 'collapse' of Isis, says Iraqi Prime Minister, Independent, 10 July 2017

Iraqi government recaptures Mosul where it suffered its heaviest defeat by Isis, Independent, 9 July 2017

Soldiers celebrate Isis's defeat in Mosul as Iraq's greatest battle in war against jihadis reaches bloody conclusion, Independent, 8 July 2017

Here in Iraq, Isis is being defeated – but with US policy in disarray, it doesn’t feel any safer, Independent, 7 July 2017

Battle for Raqqa: Fighters begin offensive to push Isis out of Old City, Independent, 7 July 2017

Mosul: The last days of the shrinking Isis enclave in the Old City, Independent, 6 July 2017

The fall of Mosul is a defeat for Isis, but it remains a deadly force, Independent, 1 July 2017

Britain's Political Revolution: How tactical voting and new dividing lines of age and education took effect, Independent, 29 June 2017

Britain's Political Revolution: how Brexit, immigration and housing became flashpoints of change, Independent, 28 June 2017

Britain's Political Revolution: Canterbury, Corbyn and a seismic change in the landscape, Independent, 27 June 2017

Isis may be leaderless and facing defeat in Mosul, but the jihadis will fight on, Independent, 22 June 2017

Grenfell Tower s Theresa May's Katrina moment – her political career cannot survive it, Independent, 16 June 2017

Britain refuses to accept how terrorists really work – and that's why prevention strategies are failing, Independent, 8 June 2017

A long battle for Raqqa may lie ahead – but even defeat will not mean the end for Isis, Independent, 7 June 2017

Battle to liberate Raqqa from Isis 'will be over quicker than Mosul', Independent, 6 June 2017

Qatar crisis: This is why Saudi Arabia and its allies have suddenly cut ties to their Sunni Arab neighbour, Independent, 5 June 2017

After major losses in Iraq and Syria, London terror attack is an attempt by Isis to prove it's still a major force, Independent, 4 June 2017

Theresa May is in denial about Britain's declining power over Brexit in the age of Trump, Independent, 2 June 2017

Kabul's horrific bomb attack reminds the world that Afghanistan is still here, Independent, 31 May 2017

As Isis massacres families enjoying ice cream in Baghdad, this Ramadan could be even bloodier than previous years, Independent, 30 May 2017

The Government Has Known Since 2003 That the Failed ‘War on Terror’ Could Cause an Attack Like the One in Manchester, The Unz Review, 27 May 2017

To prevent another week of terror, our state must not become a vast Isis recruiting sergeant, Independent, 27 May 2017

Manchester attack: It is pious and inaccurate to say Salman Abedi's actions had 'nothing to do with Islam', Independent, 25 May 2017

The only real way to stop atrocities like the Manchester attack is to end the wars which allow extremism to grow, Independent, 23 May 2017

Donald Trump puts US on Sunni Muslim side of bitter sectarian war with Shias, Independent, 21 May 2017

Donald Trump's extravagant trip to Saudi Arabia is a desperately-needed distraction from his crisis at home, Independent, 19 May 2017

How accusations that Donald Trump shared 'Israeli' secrets with Russia will impact the Middle East, Independent, 17 May 2017

Trump and Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman are the most dangerous men in the world – and they're meeting next week, Independent, 12 May 2017

Donald Trump's decision to arm Kurdish fighters could have profound impact on the Syria crisis, Independent, 10 May 2017

World leaders from May to Trump to Erdogan are all promising to unite their countries while doing the exact opposite, Independent, 5 May 2017

Fall of Raqqa and Mosul will not spell the end for Isis - only a new beginning, Independent, 3 May 2017

Afte r his first 100 days in office, we should fear Trump more than ever, Independent, 28 April 2017

Boris Johnson’s foreign policy in Syria is based on wishful thinking, Independent, 27 April 2017

Iraq considers next move after intercepting 'world's largest' ransom for kidnapped Qataris, Independent, 26 April 2017

Erdogan's referendum victory will make Turkey prey for the country's many enemies, Independent, 17 April 2017

It's time America explored how to end the multiple wars it has helped cause since 2001, rather than dropping more bombs, Independent, 14 April 2017

Syria crisis: G7 leaders couldn't change Vladimir Putin's mind on backing Assad – even if they wanted to, Independent, 10 April 2017

Donald Trump feels he had no choice but to launch air strikes on Syria – but the balance of power on the ground has not changed, Independent, 7 April 2017

Isis used 17 suicide car bombs 'to help leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi flee Mosul', Independent, 3 April 2017

What life is like for Isis's 400,000 'human shields' in west Mosul, Independent, 2 April 2017

Air strikes are the only way to defeat Isis? Then tell the truth about the loss of civilian life, Independent, 31 March 2017

People in besieged Mosul Old City ‘dying of starvation' as Isis shoots anyone who tries to flee, Independent, 30 March 2017

Iraqi government 'made a mistake' by attacking Mosul before capturing Isis sanctuaries, Independent, 28 March 2017

Civilians in western Mosul are being shot at by Isis and Iraqi forces alike, Independent, 27 March 2017

Isis's losses in Syria and Iraq will make it harder for it to recruit another Khalid Masood, Independent, 24 March 2017

From Paris to London: another city, another attack with elements from the Isis playbook, Independent, 22 March 2017

Brexit unleashed an English nationalism that has damaged the union with Scotland for good, Independent, 17 March 2017

Yemen is a complicated and unwinnable war. Donald Trump should stay out of it, Independent, 10 March 2017

Battle for Manbij shows Syria’s civil war is almost over – and it looks like Bashar Assad has won, Independent, 6 March 2017

If this battle for Mosul ends in defeat for Isis, we shouldn’t feel too optimistic about what comes next, Independent, 3 March 2017

Iraqi army nears Mosul's main government buildings as battle to oust Isis proceeds quicker than expected, Independent, 28 February 2017

With the US distracted by Trump and the UK by Brexit, they're about to see a decline in their global power, Independent, 24 February 2017

Iraqi forces begin bitter battle for Mosul in effort to destroy Isis, Independent, 19 February 2017

Donald Trump and the US media are in a fight to the finish – and they're both guilty of peddling alternative facts, Independent, 17 February 2017

Mosul will be completely 'destroyed' in battle to liberate it from Isis, senior Iraqi politician warns, Independent, 15 February 2017

Donald Trump will spark a war with Iran – which is great news for Isis, Independent, 10 February 2017

Now the High Court will decide if Brexit Britain is complicit in the devastating conflict between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, Independent, 9 February 2017

Netanyahu's hysterical rhetoric on Iran seeks to divert attention from West Bank settlement building, Independent, 6 February 2017

Donald Trump's Twitter aggression towards Iran will deepen sectarian conflict in the Middle East, Independent, 3 February 2017

Misreporting Iraq and Syria, CounterPunch, 3 February 2017

Donald Trump's ‘Muslim ban' will only make terrorist attacks, more, not less likely, Independent, 30 January 2017

Theresa May’s visit to Turkey is more evidence of her desperate search for trading partners to replace the EU at any cost, Independent, 27 January 2017

Turkey faces long and difficult fight against Isis in Syria, Independent, 25 January 2017

Syria peace talks begin in Kazakhstan with Russia taking centre stage, Independent, 23 January 2017

Why the rise of Donald Trump and Isis have more in common than you might think, Independent, 20 January 2017

Think the American political system will stop Donald Trump exercising ultimate power? The same was said about Turkey's President Erdogan, Independent, 13 January 2017

The dodgy Donald Trump dossier reminds me of the row over Saddam Hussein and his fictitious weapons of mass destruction, Independent, 12 January 2017

Saudi Arabia’s dream of becoming the dominant Arab and Muslim power in the world has gone down in flames, Independent, 6 January 2017

There is nothing the Turkish government can do to stop Isis terror attacks on its soil, Independent, 2 January 2017

Isis will eventually lose the battle for Mosul – but by then it will look like Aleppo, Independent, 31 December 2016

The Syrian ceasefire agreement has shifted the balance of power to Assad, Independent, 30 December 2016

Politicians are to blame for terrorist attacks by not eliminating Isis, Independent, 23 December 2016

The assassination of the Russian ambassador is the latest sign Turkey is becoming weaker and more unstable, Independent, 20 December 2016

There's more propaganda than news coming out of Aleppo this week, Independent, 16 December 2016

An evacuation in eastern Aleppo is in the interests of all sides, Independent, 14 December 2016

The rebels of Aleppo will fight on, but Assad is taking their last power base in Syria, Independent, 13 December 2016

If Assad takes eastern Aleppo he thinks he will have won the war, Independent, 13 December 2016

We still don't know who bombed Istanbul – and that's a sign of the trouble Turkey is now in, Independent, 11 December 2016

Theresa May is wading into a dangerous sectarian conflict in the Middle East – and she's backing the losing side, Independent, 9 December 2016

This is why everything you've read about the wars in Syria and Iraq could be wrong, Independent, 2 December 2016

Threats between Erdogan and the European Union ring hollow – they need each other, Independent, 27 November 2016

Despite the New York Times liberal wishful thinking, Donald Trump is still in favour of waterboarding, Independent, 25 November 2016

Donald Trump's dangerous team of crackpots will spread corruption and start new wars in the Middle East, Independent, 18 November 2016

'Isis is full of killers, the worst come from Tal Afar': Bitter fight for city ahead and the violence may not end there, Independent, 15 November 2016

What Will Trump's Foreign Policy Mean for the World? An Interview With Patrick Cockburn by Ken Klippenstein, AlterNet, 14 November 2016

Iraqi troops are getting bogged down in Mosul – Could it spark the first crisis for President Trump? Independent, 13 November 2016

Hillary Clinton sounded more interventionist than Donald Trump – but the Middle East crises Trump inherits could suck him in, Independent, 11 November 2016

Donald Trump's election proves the high days of liberal capitalism since the fall of the Soviet Union are finally over, Independent, 9 November 2016

The Iraqi Christians who are struggling to survive amid wreckage left by Isis, Independent, 7 November 2016

US-backed forces launch Raqqa offensive amid fears of imminent terror attack in Europe, Independent, 6 November 2016

Mosul is being destroyed by, as well as ‘liberated’ from, Isis, Independent, 4 November 2016

Foreign Isis fighters defend east Mosul as local jihadis flee for safety, former militant reveals, Independent, 3 November 2016

Iraq ‘ready for war’ with Turkey over who should control Mosul after Isis, Independent, 2 November 2016

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘hiding in Mosul’ as Iraqi forces enter city ahead of final battle, Independent, 2 November 2016

Compare the coverage of Mosul and East Aleppo and it tells you a lot about the propaganda we consume, Independent, 21 October 2016

Mosul braces itself for next bloody chapter having been ravaged by 13 years of war, Independent, 18 October 2016

Iraq’s ‘ramshackle’ Mosul offensive may see Isis defeated but it will expose deep divisions between the forces involved, Independent, 17 October 2016

We finally know what Hillary Clinton knew all along – US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding Isis, Independent, 14 October 2016

Talk of a no-fly zone over Aleppo distracts from more realistic plans to save those dying and starving in Syria, Independent, 11 October 2016

US and EU sanctions are ruining ordinary Syrians' lives, yet Bashar al-Assad hangs on to power, Independent, 7 October 2016

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi springs to prominence, Independent, 6 October 2016

Saudi Arabia is the flagging horse of the Gulf – but Britain is still backing it as an answer to Brexit, Independent, 30 September 2016

Saudi Arabia is showing signs of financial strain as its relationship with the US sours, Independent, 27 September 2016

The explanations behind Russian and US airstrikes in Syria are a lesson in propaganda, Independent, 23 September 2016

Government has no strategy, no plan and only ‘phantom' allies in Syria, scathing Commons report reveals, Independent, 21 September 2016

The US-Russian ceasefire in Syria has broken down, but who is at fault? Independent, 19 September 2016

The US and Russia have less influence in Syria than they think, Independent, 18 September 2016

If the ceasefire in Syria is to hold, this is what needs to happen, Independent, 16 September 2016

Syria ceasefire holds during first day - but balance lies with armed opposition groups, Independent, 13 September 2016

Syrian ceasefire begins – and the US and Russia have the power to make sure it sticks, Independent, 12 September 2016

Syria ceasefire: Is US-Russia deal important and will truce hold? Independent, 11 September 2016

Syria peace deal may be a real turning point in ending the war – but al-Nusra and Isis will unlikely go without a fight, Independent, 10 September 2016

Isis fighter reveals group's plan to spread even after defeat in Iraq and Syria and claims collusion with Turkey, Independent, 9 September 2016

The silent devastation of Daraya: Capture of suburb is a big step towards Assad winning the battle for Damascus, Independent, 8 September 2016

People in Damascus desperately try to cope with the dangers of war, Independent, 7 September 2016

Fake antiquities flood out of Syria as smugglers fail to steal masterpieces amid the chaos of war, Independent, 6 September 2016

Syrian Kurds vow to fight to the death to stop Turkey 'invading' their territory, Independent, 3 September 2016

The killing of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani is a major blow for Isis, but the terror group was already badly battered, Independent, 1 September 2016

Turkey's foray into Syria to take on Isis is a gamble in a very dangerous game, Independent, 24 August 2016

Every Syrian fighter is waging an existential battle that can only end in victory or death, Independent, 19 August 2016

Turkey, once the great hope of the Middle East, is left weak and unstable, Independent, 29 July 2016

Isis bombs kill dozens in Kurdish city of Qamishli as extremist group faces becoming surrounded, Independent, 27 July 2016

Turkey's anger at 'threatening' EU over claim accession talks could be halted, Independent, 25 July 2016

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima', Independent, 24 July 2016

Turkey's President Erdogan uses emergency powers to close more than 2,000 Gulen-connected institutions, Independent, 23 July 2016

Erdogan will be stronger after the failed coup, but Turkey could be the loser, Independent, 22 July 2016

'They looked at me as if I was a demon': Fear and uncertainty among Istanbul's citizens in wake of attempted coup, Independent, 21 July 2016

Turkey's government fears second coup attempt as purge removes many army commanders, Independent, 19 July 2016

Turkey coup: What’s actually happening and what does it mean for the future of the country? Independent, 18 July 2016

President Erdogan could be using the coup against him to turn Turkey towards full-scale Islamisation, Independent, 18 July 2016

Erdogan is using this failed coup to get rid of the last vestiges of secular Turkey, Independent, 17 July 2016

Turkey coup: Erdogan set to crush all opponents and purge army after surprise failed attempt, Independent, 16 July 2016

Isis is feeling threatened in Syria – and that is why its reign of terror is spreading, Independent, 16 July 2016

A Hillary Clinton presidency could end up letting Isis and al-Qaeda off the hook, Independent, 15 July 2016

Torture, imprisonment and killing – so what would it take for Bahrain to be criticised by Philip Hammond? Independent, 8 July 2016

Chilcot report: If there's one word to describe the UK's approach to military action in Iraq, it's ‘amateurism', Independent, 6 July 2016

Chilcot report: The demonisation of Tony Blair distracts from where things really went wrong in Iraq, Independent, 5 July 2016

Chilcot report: Tony Blair, the Iraq War, and the words of mass destruction that continue to deceive, Independent, 5 July 2016

Like the Middle East 15 years ago, Europe has underestimated the destructive force of nationalism, Independent, 1 July 2016

Brexit voters have more in common with Arab Spring protesters than they would like to think, Independent, 24 June 2016

Isis in Fallujah: Iraqi forces end terrorist group's two-year occupation of city, Independent, 17 June 2016

Confused about the US response to Isis in Syria? Look to the CIA's relationship with Saudi Arabia, Independent, 17 June 2016

Distortions over Isis involvement in Orlando play into the hands of the jihadists, Independent, 13 June 2016

What Blair accidentally revealed about Iraq during his criticism of Jeremy Corbyn was very interesting indeed, Independent, 10 June 2016

Isis bombers, bribery and endless checkpoints - the death-defying trials of an Iraqi trucker, Independent, 3 June 2016

Whipped with cables and brainwashed into fighting and dying for Isis: Liberated Raqqa residents on life under jihadists, Independent, 1 June 2016

Isis face likely defeat in battles raging across Iraq and Syria - but how will power be shared between the victors? , Independent, 1 June 2016

Isis digs in against attack on Iraq's second city while brutally punishing those who rebel against them, Independent, 31 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Up close to the battle as Peshmerga forces advance on IS stronghold of Mosul, Independent, 29 May 2016

Air strikes on Isis in Iraq and Syria are reducing their cities to ruins, Independent, 27 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Citizens trapped in Fallujah fear destruction of the city as government forces advance, Independent, 25 May 2016

Isis in Iraq: Jihadists unleash death squads as Iraqi forces advance on key stronghold of Fallujah, Independent, 23 May 2016

Sir Richard Dearlove is right, visa waivers for Turks are dangerous, Independent, 20 May 2016

Corrupt elites will fight hard to stop the dismantling of the looting machines from which they draw their vast wealth, Independent, 13 May 2016

After the recent battles in Syria and Iraq, how close is Isis to losing the war? Independent, 6 May 2016

The protesters in Iraq's Green Zone show the vulnerability of the country's ruling elite, Independent, 2 May 2016

Iraq parliament protest signals the disintegration of a political system established in wake of US invasion, Independent, 30 April 2016

Saudi Arabia is about to attempt its own version of Mao's Great Leap Forward by trying to end its dependence on oil - and it's not going to work, Independent, 29 April 2016

Saudi Arabia may be in for a nasty shock when Obama steps down, Independent, 22 April 2016

Isis shocked the world by capturing Mosul and advancing on Baghdad, Independent, 22 April 2016

Mission creep: Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Independent, 20 April 2016

The Arab Spring reported and misreported: foreign intervention in Libya and the last days of Gaddafi, Independent, 20 April 2016

The Afghan prelude: the overthrow of the Taliban in the aftermath of September 11, Independent, 18 April 2016

The first draft of history: How war reporters get it wrong, and what they can do to get it right, Independent, 17 April 2016

Thanks to UK and US intervention, al-Qaeda now has a mini-state in Yemen. It's Iraq and Isis all over again, Independent, 15 April 2016

Ceasefire aimed at ending Yemen's 'forgotten war' disrupted by violence, Independent, 11 April 2016

Sketches show Irish nationalist hero Roger Casement in his final days in the Tower of London before execution, Independent, 9 April 2016

How the corruption revealed in the Panama Papers opened the door to Isis and al Qaeda, Indepedent, 8 April 2016

The Easter Rising, my grandfather and the untold story of Sir Roger Casement, Independent, 1 April 2016

Syrian army's recapture of Palmyra may mean Isis has lost the battle – but it's not lost the war yet, Independent, 27 March 2016

US ground troops are back in Iraq as Iraqi division hides in the mountains, Independent, 26 March 2016

Covering the Isis advance in Iraq, as it happened, Independent, 26 March 2016

Syria war five years on: Bringing conflict to an international level is helping to hold the ceasefire, Independent, 15 March 2016

How Barack Obama turned his back on Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies, Independent, 12 March 2016

Isis documents leak: Experts disagree on whether 'recruitment files’ are genuine, Independent, 10 March 2016

Is it Isis or the economy that will ruin Iraq? Independent, 5 March 2016

Iraq's Interior Minister on why state corruption is helping the murderous campaign of Isis, Independent, 2 March 2016

Isis fights back in Iraq: Raid on Abu Ghraib punctures hopes the jihadist group is in retreat, Independent, 28 February 2016

Isis in Iraq: Divisions among forces fighting jihadis delays decisive push to recapture country, Independent, 27 February 2016

End Times for the Caliphate? CounterPunch, 26 February 2016

Isis in Mosul: Brutal metal instrument used to clip women's flesh shows increasing barbarity within 'caliphate's' own walls, Independent, 24 February 2016

Syria conflict: Turkish threats of intervention after Ankara bombing taken seriously by Barack Obama, Independent, 20 February 2016

Syria: The winners and losers are becoming clear in this war, Independent, 13 February 2016

Saudi Arabia intervening in the Syrian civil war would risk Russian wrath, Independent, 11 February 2016

Oil price and Isis ruin the Kurds' dream of riches, Independent, 6 February 2016

Isis in Iraq: The Kurds have fought off the jihadists, but fear they will be used as cannon fodder and then discarded, Independent, 5 February 2016

Isis in Iraq: The only way to ensure Islamists are beaten in Iraq is to defeat them in Syria first, say Kurds, Independent, 31 January 2016

Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion? Independent, 31 January 2016

Syria peace talks: If the crisis is to be solved, it will be by an agreement between Russia and the United States, Independent, 28 January 2016

Syrian civil war: Why the endless conflict is at a decisive point, Independent, 23 January 2016

Iran nuclear deal leaves Tehran looking stronger as so many of its neighbours fall apart, Independent, 17 January 2016

Syria crisis: Peace talks loom, but the warmongers won't be at the table, Independent, 16 January 2016

Istanbul attack: Isis may be concluding Turkey is no longer a place where it need tread carefully, Independent, 12 January 2016

Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Naive, arrogant Saudi prince is playing with fire, Independent, 9 January 2016

The Arab Spring, five years on: A season that began in hope, but ended in desolation, Independent, 8 January 2016

Gaddafi's warnings to Blair have been proven by today's attack on Libyan police training centre, Independent, 7 January 2016

Why stoking sectarian fires in the Middle East could be Saudi Arabia's biggest mistake, Independent, 5 January 2016

Isis may be weakened by co-ordinated attacks but it is far from being overcome, Independent, 2 January 2016

Hard roads across Iraq, Syria and beyond: Freedom and safety are scarce five years after the Arab Spring, Independent, 1 January 2016

Syria and Iraq: Ethnic cleansing by Sunni and Shia jihadis is leading to a partition of the Middle East, Independent, 27 December 2015

Syrian civil war: No end in sight for terrorism or the refugees fleeing to safety, Independent, 26 December 2015

A short history of the political put-down, Independent, 19 December 2015

Syria in 2016 will be like the Balkans in 1914 as explosive violence breaks out on an international scale, Independent, 12 December 2015

The 500-mile front against Isis: Jihadis cannot shock and terrify as they did at the time of the fall of Mosul, Independent, 11 December 2015

War on Isis: Complicated Syrian battlefield increases chances of air strikes hitting the wrong targets, Independent, 7 December 2015

Syria air strikes: Britain is only dipping a toe in this war on Isis, Independent, 5 December 2015

Syria air strikes: Why Isis is a formidable, ferocious enemy that will not be defeated from the air, Independent, 3 December 2015

Britain is on the verge of entering into a long war in Syria based on wishful thinking and poor information, Independent, 1 December 2015

War with Isis: President Obama demands that Turkey close stretch of border with Syria, Independent, 30 November 2015

Isis: David Cameron plans to go to war, but has not produced realistic plans for defeating the group, Independent, 28 November 2015

Air strikes in Syria: David Cameron's strategy can only repeat our mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Independent, 26 November 2015

Turkey shoots down Russian plane: Nato will be worried by strike on Russia, Independent, 25 November 2015

Campaign against Isis: Is there any hope for military success? Independent, 24 November 2015

War with Isis: To defeat the jihadists the West needs a local ally, Independent, 21 November 2015

War with Isis: Britain must learn from past mistakes before joining the civil war in Syria, Independent, 20 November 2015

Syria crisis: Turkey and US to carry out operation to drive Isis out of key Turkish border region, Independent, 18 November 2015

Paris terror: Air strikes will have little effect if they are the only weapon in the war against Isis, Independent, 16 November 2015

Paris terror attacks: No security can stop Isis – the bombers will always get through, Independent, 15 November 2015

Paris attack: Isis has created a new kind of warfare, Independent, 15 November 2015

Why Jihadi John's 'assassination' is nowhere near as important as you think, Independent, 13 November 2015

Refugee crisis: EU report on Turkey's membership contains muted criticism as it seeks nation's co-operation with influx, Independent, 10 November 2015

Egypt plane crash: This attack shows that Russia is hurting Isis, Independent, 7 November 2015

Sinai plane crash: Bomb would derail President Sisi's claim that he crushed terrorism in Egypt, Independent, 6 November 2015

Too Weak, Too Strong Patrick Cockburn on the state of the Syrian war, London Review of Boooks, 5 November 2015 issue

Ahmed Chalabi: The man who invited America to invade Iraq, Independent, 3 November 2015

Like it or not, Turkey is now President Erdogan's state, Independent, 2 November 2015

Turkey election: President Erdogan tightens his grip on power in surprise landslide victory, Independent, 2 November 2015

Erdogan's Plans for Syria are Backfiring Badly, Russia Insider, 1 November 2015

Russia in Syria: Air Strikes Pose Twin Threat To Turkey, Information Clearing House, 31 October 2015

Turkey election: Could bitterly divided nation be only a few steps away from a dictatorship? Independent, 28 October 2015

The Paralyzed Mind of Tony Blair, CounterPunch, 27 October 2015

Benghazi: Hillary Clinton is guilty, but not as charged, Independent, 24 October 2015

Isis in Iraq: This was a heroic one-off mission that will alter little, Independent, 22 October 2015

Isis in Iraq: Shia leaders want Russian air strikes for battle against militant threat, Independent, 21 October 2015

Donald Trump is much derided – but he is right about the Middle East, Independent, 17 October 2015

Turkey takes Russia and US to task over their backing of Kurds in Syria, Independent, 15 October 2015

Ankara bombing: An attack designed to sow division appears to have succeeded, Independent, 11 October 2015

War with Isis: Why Syria's Christians can never go home, Independent, 10 October 2015

Russia in Syria: Russian radar locks on to Turkish fighter jets as Moscow steps up air strikes against opposition targets, Independent, 6 October 2015

Why We Should Welcome Russia's Entry Into Syrian War, CounterPunch, 5 October 2015

Syria crisis: The West wrings its hands in horror but it was our folly that helped create this bloodbath, Independent, 2 October 2015

Russia has entered a war in Syria it cannot afford to lose, Independent, 30 September 2015

Why Russia has started bombing Syria now - and what it hopes to achieve, Independent, 30 September 2015

Syria civil war: Isis could soon lose access to the outside world as Kurds target key river crossing, Independent, 29 September 2015

Syria crisis: The road to peace means more war, Independent, 26 September 2015

Syria civil war: Kurdish leader says collapse of Assad regime 'would be a disaster' despite its treatment of his people, Independent, 24 September 2015

Isis in Syria: Kobani stood up to the jihadists and won - but it's still a city under siege, The Independent, 22 September 2015

Syrian Kurdish leaders planning to capture last border crossing with Turkey held by Isis, The Independent, 21 September 2015

A sense of despair is sweeping through Iraq. This email from my driver in Baghdad proves it, The Independent, 20 September 2015

Refugee crisis was caused by a careless West that allowed anarchy and fear to take root in the Middle East, The Independent, 20 September 2015

Britain's drone strike in Syria: These executions are a mark of tyranny, The Independent, 12 September 2015

Syria civil war: The Russians are coming to President Assad's aid... or are they? The Independent, 11 September 2015

Only a US-Russian agreement can spur a settlement in Syria, The Independent, 8 September 2015

Refugee crisis: Where are all these people coming from and why? The Independent, 8 September 2015

Isis are threatening to capture a vital highway in Syria - the loss of which could push millions of refugees out of government-held areas, The Independent, 6 September 2015

Syria's Kurds have little choice but to flee amid the desolution, ruins and danger they face, The Independent, 3 September 2015

Turkey duped the US, and ISIS reaps rewards, The Independent, 29 August, 2015

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis, The Independent, 1 August 2015

Syrian conflict: Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front abduct leader of US-backed rebels dealing blow to plans to build moderate opposition to regime, The Independent, 30 July 2015

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria, The Independent, 28 July 2015

Turkey conflict with Kurds: Was approving air strikes against the PKK America's worst error in the Middle East since the Iraq War? The Independent, 26 July 2015

Greece debt crisis threatens 70 years of peace, The Independent, 25 July 2015

War with Isis in Iraq and Syria: Turkey joins West as a reluctant ally - but what took it so long? The Independent, 25 July 2015

Suruc suicide attack: Bombing shows Turkey is being sucked into the violence in Syria, The Independent, 22 July 2015

Only Iraq's clerics can win against Isis, The Independent, 18 July 2015

Isis: The real power in Iraq tells its neighbours to close borders to foreign fighters, The Independent, 17 July 2015

On front line of the war against Isis, joint action by US and Iran has never felt closer, The Independent, 15 July 201

Isis in Iraq: Thousands of Shia militiamen to join decisive battle to take back Fallujah – but lack of experience risks heavy casualties, The Independent, 14 July 2015

We can all get by quite well without banks - Ireland managed to survive without them, The Independent, 12 July 2015

Isis in Syria: We can't win a war without taking sides, The Independent, 4 July 2015

Tunisia attack: To prevent more bloodshed we must accept that containment has not worked, The Independent, 29 June 2015

Isis, a year of the caliphate: The seven wars in Muslim countries where 'Islamic State' is powerful or growing in strength, The Independent, 28 June 2015

Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres, The Independent, 27 June 2015

Isis, a year of the caliphate: Day-to-day life in the 'Islamic State' – where any breach of restrictive, divinely inspired rules is savagely punished, The Independent, 27 June 2015

Isis, a year of the caliphate: Have US tactics only helped to make Islamists more powerful? The Independent, 26 June 2015

Why Join Islamic State? Information Clearing House, 24 June 2015

Syrian civil war: Jabhat al-Nusra's massacre of Druze villagers shows the group is just as nasty as Isis, The Independent, 14 June 2015

Turkey elections: A coalition looks likely – but what kind of coalition, and how will affect the war in Syria? The Independent, 8 June 2015

War with Isis: As the militant threat grows, so does the West's self-deception, The Independent, 7 June 2015

Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters, The Independent, 27 May 2015

War with Isis: Wounded Kurdish forces count the cost of battling militants in Syria, The Independent, 23 May 2015

War with Isis: The Kurdish forces providing a lesson in how courage, discipline and US air strikes can defeat militants in Syria, The Independent, 22 May 2015

Isis seizes Ramadi: Iraqi government deploys Shia militiamen to assist in counter-offensive to retake city from jihadists, The Independent, 19 May 2015

Isis seizes Ramadi: After Iraq's worst defeat in the war with the Islamic militants, battle is on to defend the road to Baghdad, The Independent, 19 May 2015

Iraqi army rushes reinforcements into Ramadi to prevent massive Isis defeat, The Independent, 16 May 2015

War with Isis: The grim reality of life under the Islamist group in Iraq, The Independent, 16 May 2015

War with Isis: The brides brainwashed into becoming suicide bombers, The Independent, 16 May 2015

Modern states are fragile in the face of local nationalism, The Independent, 10 May 2015

Isis on the run? The US portrayal is very far from the truth, The Independent, 2 May 2015

Yemen crisis: Terrified citizens caught between Saudi Arabia and Iran as air strikes and blockade threaten humanitarian disaster for millions, The Independent, 1 May 2015

Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem, The Independent, 26 April 2015

Yemen crisis: Saudi Arabia's air war resumes - despite having no decisive impact on the opposing Houthi militias, The Independent, 22 April 2015

Libya's criminals undermine attempts to prop up a collapsing state, The Independent, 21 April 2015

Isis stalemate forces US into a cold assessment of Iraq government and other potential allies, The Independent, 19 April 2015

From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us, The Independent, 19 April 2015

Syria conflict: Government again accused of using chemical weapons on civilians as villagers are treated following gas attacks, The Independent, 14 April 2015

In the Middle East, our enemy's enemy must be our friend, The Independent, 12 April 2015

Isis mass graves: Iraqi forensic teams recover remains of 1,700 military cadets slaughtered by militants near Tikrit, The Independent, 7 Apeil 2015

A young prince may cost Syria and Yemen dear, The Independent, 5 April 2015

War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital, The Independent, 1 April 2015

Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire, The Independent, 29 March 2015

Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East, The Independent, 22 March 2015

Life under Isis: As long as its enemies remain divided the militants will not be defeated, The Independent, 19 March 2015

Life under Isis: An explosion at the gates, sleeper cells attacking from within – how militants overthrew the city of Hit in less than 24 hours, The Independent, 17 March 2015

Life under Isis: Why I deserted the 'Islamic State' rather than take part in executions, beheadings and rape - the story of a former jihadi, The Independent, 16 March 2015

Life under Isis: The everyday reality of living in the Islamic 'Caliphate' with its 7th Century laws, very modern methods and merciless violence, The Independent, 15 March 2015

Refugees from Isis tell of fears of forced marriages, The Independent, 15 March 2015

War with Isis: The Kurdish Tiger's roar is worse than its bite - the Peshmerga have come to rely on US air strikes, The Independent, 8 March 2015

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what? , The Independent, 4 March 2015

Isis in Iraq: Even if Iraqi troops take back Saddam's city of Tikrit they will face bombs and booby traps, The Independent, 2 March 2015

War with Isis: Fears that looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees', The Independent, 1 March 2015

'Jihadi John': Reaction to the unmasking of Emwazi confirms his PR value, The Independent, 26 February 2015

Isis in Syria: Aided by US air strikes, Kurds cut terrorists' supply line linking Syria and Iraq, The Independent, 25 February 2015

War with Isis: Militants kidnap up to 90 Assyrian Christian men, women and children from villages in north-east Syria, The Independent, 24 February 2015

Private donors from Gulf oil states helping to bankroll salaries of up to 100,000 Isis fighters, The Independent, 22 February 2015

Isis in Iraq: Assyrian Christian militia keep well-armed militants at bay - but they are running out of ammunition, The Independent, 22 February 2015

Isis has made many enemies, but it may be saved by their inability to unite, The Independent, 22 February 2015

‘Isis: Paranoid but determined, Islamic State is ready for fight to the death in Mosul, The Independent, 17 February 2015

It's the little lies that torpedo the news stars - as Brian Williams has found to his cost last week, The Independent, 15 February 2015

Assad's Weak Hand, CounterPunch, 12 February 2015

Isis in Iraq: Britain has no plan for tackling the militants, and no idea who's in charge, The Independent, 8 February 2015

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece, The Independent, 1 February 2015

How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad, The Independent, 1 February 2015

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it, The Independent, 28 January 2015

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, The Independent, 27 January 2015

Greece elections: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras takes aim at 'neo-liberal' Europe as country gears up for prolonged austerity battle, The Independent, 26 January 2015

Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party, The Independent, 25 January 2015

Greece elections: Voters will choose the Syriza party - and send a defiant message to the EU, The Independent, 25 January 2015

Patrick Cockburn: ‘An effective terrorist attack requires the complicity of governments' by David Shariatmadari, The Guardian, 24 January 2015

War on Isis: Flood of jihadi volunteers to Syria 'unstoppable', warns Turkish Prime Minister, The Independent, 21 January 2015

If all right-thinking people are united against terrorism, where are the 'Je suis Nigeria' banners? The Independent, 18 January 2015

Al-Qaeda gains ground in Yemen as country descends into civil war, The Independent, 12 January 2015

Paris attacks: Don't blame these atrocities on security failures, The Independent, 11 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo attack: A ceasefire with Syria's President Assad may help to turn the jihadi tide, The Independent, 7 January 2015

War with Isis: The West is wrong again in its fight against terror, The Independent, 4 January 2015

Dispatch From Northern Iraq: If Only They Would Leave, CounterPunch, 2 January 2015


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