by Patrick Cockburn

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    Underground in Raqqa

    by Patrick Cockburn | Updated at 12:05am on October 16, 2017

    SHORTLY before the siege of Raqqa began in June, Islamic State officials arrested Hammad al-Sajer for skipping afternoon prayers...

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    Why such referendums are doomed to fail

    by Patrick Cockburn | Updated at 12:05am on October 12, 2017

    BREXIT, Krexit and Crexit: Britain leaves the EU, Kurdistan declares independence from Iraq, Catalonia secedes from Spain — three massive political changes either under way...

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    Why Kurds are seeking independence from Iraq

    by Patrick Cockburn | Updated at 12:05am on September 28, 2017

    ON APRIL 10, 2003, I was driving on a road west of Kirkuk, waiting for the city to be captured by the Kurdish Peshmerga and...

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    As ISIS shrinks, al-Qaeda expands

    by Patrick Cockburn | Updated at 12:05am on September 10, 2017

    AL-QAEDA is creating its most powerful stronghold ever in north-west Syria at a time when world attention is almost entirely focused on the impending defeat...

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    Why Saudi Arabia, allies suddenly cut ties to Qatar

    by Patrick Cockburn | Updated at 12:05am on June 09, 2017

    QATAR is unexpectedly under siege from its neighbours. Led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, supported by Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen, the five...

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