Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year at the 2013 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Charlie Hebdo attack: Taking the heat out of the conflict with Assad may help to turn the jihadi tide

It was naïve to imagine that sparks from the war would not spread violence to Western Europe

A shell explodes in Kobani, just one of the fronts where IS fighters are engaged

War with Isis: The West is wrong again in its fight against terror

Barack Obama flippantly dismissed the militants as minor-league players last January. Is he any better informed now?
Iraqi soldiers trained by the US were routed by IS’s smaller force

War with Isis: Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter the militants' gruesome tactics

The West needs more than a 'White Knight' if it wants to succeed
The most severe torture sessions at Guantanamo Bay reportedly came before the 2003 Iraq invasion

CIA 'torture report': Agency conduct was driven by pressure to link Iraq to al-Qaeda following 9/11

The White House wanted to justify the 2003 invasion

Foul practices: Witches depicted by Adrianus Hubertus c1650

CIA torture report: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

World View: Its use is always wrong and, despite CIA justifications post 9/11, the information obtained from it is invariably tainted
Fighters from Isis marching in Raqqa, Syria

The CIA’s real failure? It pursued the wrong targets

It was an open secret Pakistan’s ISI fostered the Taliban but the US never confronted Islamabad

Bahrainis on an anti-government protest in May

Building a British naval base in Bahrain is a 'symbolic choice' – for no clear reason

World View: The authoritarian kingdom where doctors are tortured is a strange place for this £15m investment
Iranian fighter jets during a military ceremony in Tehran, Iran, in 2011

War with Isis: Iran joins ‘Great Satan’s’ fight against militants with bombing raids over Iraq

Tehran may have formed an unlikely alliance with its sworn enemy, but a policy of open confrontation and covert co-operation with the US is likely to continue

It is thought there are 50,000 Iraqi soldiers who play no military role

Iraq’s 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ analysis: This is further proof of army corruption

Their officers receive their salaries fraudulently according to the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

War with Isis: Theresa May tinkers while Iraq and Syria burn

The Home Secretary's counter-terrorism Bill is unlikely to make the militants lose any sleep
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