There was confusion and muddle and serious miscalculations. Most of the big mistakes were made by politicians in London who got bees in their bonnet about the Middle East, ignored or excluded the experts, and, perhaps their most besetting sin, failed to think policy through
'So many killed or mortally wounded near me, and who knows but that it might be my turn next'
A historic ceasefire has been signed between Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels
Your home may be in flames, your family enslaved, your torturers itching to pull out your fingernails – but above all you've got to ignore the ciggy packet in your pocket
Gun-toting rebels, poachers and even assassination attempts by Idi Amin were occupational hazards for legendary warden Paul Ssali. Ahead of the of the inaugural meeting of the Giants Club, of which Uganda is a founding member, his son Josh Ssali Sentogo tells his story
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
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
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
'If they destroy even a blade of grass in our inviolable territory, I will strike the hordes of the puppet military with a deadly baptism of fire'
A Dutch tourist attraction has been blasted for created a bunker resembling Anne Frank's wartime hideout
Aleppo's famous Umayyad Mosque complex badly hit, with 11th century minaret now ruined
There have been 2,624 nuclear explosions since the technology was developed
The nine nations have around 16,300 nuclear weapons, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Only five countries out of nine have legally recognised nuclear weapons
The centre is helping abductees come to terms with their horrendous past
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