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A Middle East correspondent for the Independent, Cockburn has been visiting Iraq since 1978. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war...

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‘Chaos & Caliphate’: Sanctions, Revolutions and Sectarian War


Excerpts from a new book chronicling a quarter-century of struggle in the Greater Middle East introduce us to a man who risks life and limb defusing land mines for a pittance, and to an idea about the best hope to stop the civil war in Syria.

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Only Time Can Heal Some Iraqi Wounds


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Don’t let the bombings fool you: The American military withdrawal stabilizes Iraq to a degree never admitted by protagonists of the original invasion.

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Farewell, General—but Did You Bring Iraq Hope?


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Gen. Petraeus’ oft-declared uncertainty about the future stability of Iraq is genuine. It is the Shiites and their Iranian backers, not the Americans, who are the true victors in the Iraqi war.

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Military Action Against Iran ‘Would Destabilize Iraq’

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Iraq will be plunged into a new war if Israel or the U.S. launches an attack on Iran, Iraqi leaders have warned. Iranian retaliation would take place in Iraq, said Dr. Mahmoud Othman, the influential Iraqi MP.

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Iraq’s Mosul a ‘Ghost City’

Mosul looks like a city of the dead. American and Iraqi troops have launched an attack aimed at crushing the last bastion of al-Qa’ida in Iraq and in doing so have turned the country’s northern capital into a ghost town.

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Sadr’s Dark Warning

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The militia leader’s threat of an “open war” between his supporters and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government has ratcheted up tensions in Basra and Baghdad. [In this analysis, columnist Patrick Cockburn of The Independent looks into the current situation in light of Sadr’s history with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.]

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Iraq Exploding as Shiite Fights Shiite

Protest in Sadr City
AP photo / Karim Kadim

A new civil war may be looming in Iraq as American-backed Iraqi government forces battle Shiite militiamen for control of Basra and parts of Baghdad.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE

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Patrick Cockburn
Patrick Cockburn

A Middle East correspondent for the Independent, Cockburn has been visiting Iraq since 1978. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting and was awarded the Foreign Commentator of the Year at the 2013 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. He is the author of “The Broken Boy”, a memoir, and, together with Andrew Cockburn, ‘Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession.” He has also written “Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son’s Story”, “The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising” and “The Rise of Islamic State: Isis and the New Sunni Revolution.”

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