Patrick Cockburn

Trump Admin. Backtracks on Promise to Withdraw Troops from Syria (DH 1/7 7:50pm)

Trump Admin. Backtracks on Promise to Withdraw Troops from Syria

January 7, 2019

While Trump claimed US troops will leave Syria in 30 days, his neoconservative national security adviser John Bolton suggested otherwise, imposing conditions for withdrawal. Journalist Patrick Cockburn says mainstream corporate media reporting has been misleading and “childish.”

Media's Russia Obsession Obscures How Trump's Syria Withdrawal Benefits Turkey Most

Media’s Russia Obsession Obscures How Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Benefits Turkey Most

December 20, 2018

While corporate media portrayed Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from Syria as a Christmas gift to Russia’s Putin, veteran Middle East reporter Patrick Cockburn says this is infantile and conspiratorial. NATO member Turkey stands to gain most, and could launch an attack on Kurdish forces in the northeast

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

October 31, 2018

The UN and corporate media have for years claimed only 10,000 Yemenis were killed in the US/UK-backed Saudi/UAE war. But Yemen’s actual death toll is 70,000 to 80,000. Patrick Cockburn on the whitewashing of the catastrophic war

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