Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn’s past columns can now be found at The I. Patrick Cockburn is the author of War in the Age of Trump (Verso).

Is Iraq Coming to the End of Forty Years of War?

The Transformation of Iraq: Kurds Have Lost 40% of Their Territory

Why the Palestinian Unity Deal Might Not Change Much

Seizing Kirkuk

The Real Destabilizer in the Middle East is Not Iran But Trump

ISIS is Facing Near Total Defeat, But It Has Been Beaten and Come Back Before

Brexit, Kurdistan and Catalonia: Why Such Referendums are Doomed to Fail

Why the Kurdish Independence Referendum was a Miscalculation

Why the Kurds Remain Vulnerable

Why the Kurds Are Seeking Independence From Iraq

Why International Powers Fear Kurdish Independence Vote Could Derail Fight Against ISIS

ISIS is Stepping Up Its Atrocities to Compensate For Its Defeat

I’ve Seen the Reality of What Happens After Disasters Like Irma

As ISIS Shrinks, Al Qaeda Expands

The Instability of Britain and the US: How Do We Come Back From This?

A Shameful Silence: Where is the Outrage Over the Slaughter of Civilians in Mosul?

The Massacre of Mosul: More Than 40,000 Civilians Feared Dead

Why ISIS Fighters are Being Thrown Off Buildings in Mosul

Counting the Dead in Mosul

The Devastation of Mosul

The Recapture of Mosul

The Fall of Mosul is a Defeat for Isis, But It Remains a Deadly Force

How Brexit, Immigration and Housing Became Political Flashpoints

Grenfell Tower: the Tragic Price of the Rolled-Back Stat

Grenfell Tower: Theresa May’s Katrina Moment

Britain Refuses to Accept How Terrorists Really Work

The Siege of Raqqa

Why Saudi Arabia and Its Allies Suddenly Cut Ties to Qatar

ISIS’s Message: We Are Still Deadly

The Political Aftershocks of the Kabul Blast

We Can’t Let Britain Become a Vast ISIS Recruiting Station

We Know What Inspired the Manchester Attack, We Just Won’t Admit It

A Gathering of Autocrats: Trump Puts US on Sunni Muslim Side of Bitter Sectarian War with Shias

Trump’s Extravagant Saudi Trip Distracts from His Crisis at Home

The Two Most Dangerous Men in the World: Trump and Crown Prince Salman

As Trump Cozies Up to Saudi Arabia, War With Iran Becomes More Likely

Arming the Kurds: Trump’s Syrian Gambit

The Great Division: the Return of Nationalism

The Fall of Mosul and Raqqa Won’t Spell the End of ISIS

100 Days of Trump: Why We Should Fear Him More Than Ever

Treating Mental Health Patients as Criminals

A Turkey Divided by Erdogan Will Become Prey to Its Enemies

America Must Start Looking How to End All the Wars It Has Started

Why the G7 Couldn’t Change Putin’s Mind on Assad, Even If They Wanted To

The End of Democracy in Turkey?

The Destruction of Mosul: Stranded in a City Under Siege

Isis’s 17-Suicide Car Bomb Attack in Mosul

Trapped and Starving to Death in Mosul’s Old City

Missteps in Mosul: Launching an Attack Before Clearing ISIS Safe Zones

Bloodbath in West Mosul: Civilians Being Shot by Both ISIS and Iraqi Troops