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Patrick Cockburn
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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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Saddam Statue
The New York Times / James Hill

War Started With Lies, Continues With Lies

All governments lie in wartime, but American and British propaganda in Iraq over the past five years has been more untruthful than in any other conflict since the First World War.

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Ahmadinejad and Talibani
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Visit Trumpets Iran’s Power in Iraq

Ahmadinejad’s unprecedented trip to Baghdad demonstrates his nation’s influence on its neighbor since the fall of Saddam.

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Maliki and Ahmadinejad
AP photo / ISNA, Amir Kholusi

Military Action Against Iran ‘Would Destabilize Iraq’

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

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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Protest in Sadr City
AP photo / Karim Kadim

Iraq Exploding as Shiite Fights Shiite

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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