Patrick Cockburn is the winner of the Martha Gelhorn Prize, the James Cameron Prize, The Orwell Prize, Foreign Commentator of the Year numerous times. He has been a Middle East correspondent for the Financial times and the Independent, and is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books.
His many books include Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein, written with his brother, Andrew, prior to the war in Iraq, and republished as Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession; The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq; Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq; The Rise of Islamic State: Isis and the New Sunni Revolution; The Age of Jihad: Islamic State; and The Great War for the Middle East.
His latest book is WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP: THE FALL OF ISIS, THE BETRAYAL OF THE KURDS, THE CONFLICT WITH IRAN to be released by OR Books on July 7, 2020.
In this interview, we began by discussing the impact on the region of the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani by the Trump Administration on January 3, 2020.
The plight of the Kurds in Iraq and Syria, and their role in fighting the Islamist State, was discussed.
Patrick Cockburn’s intrepid journalism keeps us informed of the ever changing situation on the ground in the Middle East.
Articles relevant to this interview:
Donald Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan is an unavoidable recognition of failure https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-afghanistan-taliban-troops-withdrawal-kabul-a9539241.html
Iraq will be hit harder by the oil price drop than by coronavirus or Isis https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/coronavirus-oil-price-fall-economy-iraq-protests-isis-a9505421.html
Russians squeeze U.S. troops in Syria amid uproar over Trump’s dealings with Moscow https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/30/russians-us-troops-syria-uproar-trump-345584
Data on Financial Transfers Bolstered Suspicions That Russia Offered Bounties https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/us/politics/russian-bounties-afghanistan-intelligence.html
Iran Issues Arrest Warrants for Trump and 35 Others in Suleimani Killing https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/world/middleeast/iran-trump-arrest-warrant-interpol.html?action=click&module=Latest&pgtype=Homepage
Iraq Raids Iranian-Backed Militia Accused of Attacking U.S. Forces https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/world/middleeast/iraq-militia-iran-hezbollah.html
Will the ‘War on Terror’ ever end? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-53156096
Pentagon plans for expected Trump order to pull thousands more troops from Afghanistan https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/pentagon-plans-for-expected-trump-order-to-pull-thousands-more-troops-from-afghanistan/2020/05/27/3068c5c2-a025-11ea-9d96-c3f7c755fd6e_story.html
U.S. Used Missile With Long Blades to Kill Qaeda Leader in Syria https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/world/middleeast/syria-qaeda-r9x-hellfire-missile.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage