War

Libya and the last days of Gaddafi

In the fourth excerpt from his new book, Patrick Cockburn recalls the aftermath of the Libyan revolution and the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011. Hopes were soon to be dashed, as a barbaric regime gave way to something much worse

Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein

In the third excerpt from his new book, Patrick Cockburn writes from Baghdad on how the US occupation of Iraq faced growing Iraqi anger and resistance in the summer of 2003. Already, there were signs that the war was going to end in disaster

The first draft of history: Dispatches from the frontline of war

Since 2001, Patrick Cockburn has provided peerless reporting of the wars that have torn apart the Middle East and created the conditions in which Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have grown and flourished. In the first of a series of excerpts from his new book, he combines eyewitness accounts of the battles for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond with an explanation of what these conflicts have in common – and how they were reported or misreported at the time

Terror: A new solution to an old problem

The problem of terrorism won't go away. Western leaders should stop making unhelpful declarations of war and start coming up with practical and effective responses to the threat 

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Mons: From medieval to ultramodern

Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides