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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This could be the last siege of the Syrian war, Independent, 20 February 2018

If you care so much about Haitians you should be asking why Oxfam was there in the first place,, Independent, 16 February 2018

Why we should fear the 'Washington establishment' figures who are pulling the strings in the Trump administration, Independent, 3 February 2018

By reversing its policy in Syria the US is fuelling more wars in the Middle East, Independent, 26 January 2018

Manbij becomes key as US looks to rein in Turkey's Syrian offensive, Independent, 23 January 2018

Kurdish forces in Syria launch powerful counterattack to set up extended battle against Turkey, Independent, 22 January 2018

Syria crisis: Turkish assault on Kurdish enclave threatens to open deadly new phase in bloody seven-year civil war, Independent, 21 January 2018

It's time we saw economic sanctions for what they really are – war crimes, Independent, 19 January 2018

Trump's escalating threats to Iran risk destabilising the Middle East, Independent, 16 January 2018

European foreign ministers are being forced to side with Iran over Trump whether they like it or not, Independent, 12 January 2018

Israel air strikes and missile barrage designed to show it is still a player in Syria as Assad nears victory, Independent, 9 January 2018

When it comes to the Iran protests, be careful who you put your trust in, Independent, 5 January 2018

Corruption and inequality fuelling protests in Iran as Rouhani faces pressure to crack down, Independent, 1 January 2018

In 2018 the barbarous wars in Iraq and Syria may finally be coming to an end, Independent, 30 December 2017

Britain has a delusional view of itself on the global stage – and stupid remarks by our politicians prove this, Independent, 22 December 2017

Mohammed bin Salman's ill-advised ventures have weakened Saudi Arabia's position in the world, Independent, 15 December 2017

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


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