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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The US response to 9/11 played exactly into the al-Qaeda hands

Paris attacks: Don't blame these atrocities on security failures

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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

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