Patrick Cockburn

Why didn’t Kurdish Forces Fight Back the Iraqi Invasion​ of Kirkuk?

October 16, 2017

The Iraqi military quickly conquered the oil-rich area of Kirkuk in an effort to block Kurdish statehood. But why didn’t Kurdish forces put up more of a fight? TRNN speaks with Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent

The Struggle for Syria

June 3, 2017
Veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn of The Independent analyzes the latest developments in Syria and says the war could end if the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Iran were willing to make an agreement

Is the Russian Withdrawal a Message to Assad?

March 17, 2016

The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn says you can’t have negotiations to end the war when the largest armed opposition groups, al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State, are absent

Will the “Terrorists” Adhere to the Russia-US Brokered Truce in Syria?

February 22, 2016

Patrick Cockburn, journalist with the The Independent, says the de-escalation of the conflict will be difficult to implement because it must apply to those who are deemed “terrorists”

Torture

December 21, 2014
There is fairly good evidence that the prime motive for torture was not 9-11, says Patrick Cockburn the author of The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising

Gaddafi and Libya

March 19, 2014
Patrick Cockburn: As the central state unravels, all the external powers that drove regime change look for ways to take advantage

The Struggle for Syria

September 3, 2013

TRNN coverage of the Syrian crisis

Victory Out of Reach for US in Syria

September 3, 2013

Patrick Cockburn: US strike against Syria will further entangle America, as each military action will make it more difficult to retreat

Understanding the Players in Syria

September 3, 2013

After a recent visit to Syria, Patrick Cockburn describes the pluralistic, militant groups that make up the “failed opposition” in Syria and provides the brutal truth about the history of Syrian President Assad