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Patrick Cockburn
Thursday, December 04, 2014
The Iraqi army includes 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’ who do not exist, but their officers receive their salaries fraudulently according to the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
The Iraqi army has long been notorious for being ...
 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Patrick Cockburn
Life in Mosul for a Sunni Arab – Christians and Yazidis have been forced to flee – is a mixture of normality, inconvenience and fear. Surprisingly, pensions are still being paid by the central government in Baghdad and the man I met ...
Monday, August 04, 2014
Patrick Cockburn
As Gaza is devastated by a new paroxysm of violence, what has Israel achieved by its 26-day bombardment and ground intervention? The outcome so far is similar to that of past Israeli wars in Lebanon and Gaza: massive firepower is ...
Friday, July 04, 2014
Patrick Cockburn
The Iraqi parliament closed its inaugural session after two hours because political parties have not decided on new leaders to seek a way out of the crisis caused by the fall of Mosul and the takeover of much of northern and western ...
Monday, June 16, 2014
Patrick Cockburn
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) is itself amazed by its spectacular victories this week, but vows to press on to Baghdad and the holy Shia cities of Karbala and Najaf. Its spokesman says that “enemies and ...
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Patrick Cockburn
Libya is tipping toward all-out civil war as rival militias take sides for and against an attempted coup led by a renegade general that has pushed the central government towards disintegration. In a move likely to deepen the ...
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Patrick Cockburn
A wave of suicide bombings carried out by foreign volunteers entering Iraq from Syria is killing some 1,000 civilians a month, bringing the country back to the brink of civil war. Many of the bombers are likely to have entered ...
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Patrick Cockburn
Seldom has the failure of a state been so openly confirmed as happened in Libya with the brief kidnapping the Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his hotel in Tripoli by a militia allied to the government – without a shot being fired. ...
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Patrick Cockburn
Senior Syrian government officials said that the recognition of the opposition coalition as the legitimate government by the US and many other countries would not change the situation on ground. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal ...
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Patrick Cockburn
The ferocity of the attacks on George Galloway by the British commentariat is one of the most revealing outcomes of his victory in the Bradford West by-election. News presenters saw no problem in conducting interviews with the newly ...
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Patrick Cockburn
The US announcement that it plans to end the combat role of its troops in Afghanistan earlier than expected, and before the end of next year, is a crucial milestone in the international forces’ retreat from the country. Coming after ...
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