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Few moderates remain in the war-torn country and those that do exist lack military strength
The controversy over who exactly Map showing which groups control which areas in Syria But from the point of view of the Syrian Army, the Syrian Kurds, members of the Syrian government and minorities such as the Alawites, Christians or Druze, there is not much difference between these groups. They would expect each of the... Read More
Russia and the US will no longer be on the sidelines of the conflict, but will be centre stage
The start of Russian bombing in Syria transforms the civil war there. It means that Russia and the US will no longer be on the sidelines of the conflict, but will be centre stage. Their full engagement may mean that the war will be brought to an end earlier because Washington and Moscow will have... Read More
Airstrikes were launched early on Wednesday morning, just hours after the decision had been approved by the Russian...
Russian military jets have carried out air strikes in Syria for the first time, targeting what Moscow said were Isis positions. The strikes were launched hours after the Russian parliament gave their seal of approval on Wednesday morning. However, a US official has cast doubt on the claim that the Kremlin is tragetting Isis, saying... Read More
As yet there is a shortage of proven facts to sustain allegations of a big new Russian military build-up in Syria, says...
Russia is Assad’s main arms supplier and has so far prevented all-out Western intervention
A couple of years ago, an Iraqi minister was speaking to a senior American general about the war in Syria and why President Bashar al-Assad was still in power when Muammar Gaddafi had been swiftly overthrown and killed by rebels in Libya in 2011. “The big difference between now and then is that Russia is... Read More
Collateral damage is inevitable in the chaos of proxy war
We live in an era in which great military powers do not want to confront each other directly so they operate through local proxies. This has the advantage that Russia was not openly intervening with its own troops in eastern Ukraine but could influence events on the ground by operating through heavily armed separatists whose... Read More
Powers call for humanitarian aid as rebels fight each other
The US and Russia have discussed a ceasefire in Syria and the delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged rebel-held areas, as the civil war between rival rebel groups intensifies. After a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris, Mr Kerry said “we talked about the possibility... Read More
Deal in Geneva shows the Kremlin’s influence is at its greatest for more than 20 years
Russia’s return to the status of a great power has been obvious for some time. A Middle East leader who asked a senior American general earlier this summer about US plans for military intervention in Syria was told that prospects differed from the past because “Russia is back” as a major player. The agreement reached... Read More
Putin's Gas: 115 Hostages Killed by Russian Poison Gas
MOSCOW. The dreadful truth about the end of the Moscow theatre siege was becoming clear yesterday. The secret gas, pumped into the building to knock out the Chechen rebels and allow crack Russian troops to storm the building just before dawn on Saturday, killed scores of hostages and caused many others to slip into a... Read More
A series of bomb attacks on civilians in Russia two and a half years ago killed 300 and set the scene for a new war in Chechnya and the sudden elevation of Vladimir Putin, a little-known intelligence officer, as the unchallenged leader of Russia. The bombs terrified Russians, as they were designed to do, because... Read More
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About Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn is the Middle East correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting. His book on his years covering the war in Iraq, The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq (Verso) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction.

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