The Kurds – my friends in the north

The Kurds – my friends in the north


A story of broken dreams, bloodshed and betrayal

‘The Kurd requires a beating one day and a sugar plum the next.’ British Government official 1921

‘Saddam throws a little gas, everyone goes crazy, “oh, he’s using gas!’’’ former President Donald Trump 2019

Delving into history and mixing eye-witness accounts with compelling anecdotes from his journalistic career, John Cookson examines the Kurds’ eternal quest for independence. He tells of his encounters with Kurdish guerillas in their mountain hideouts and of his travels with Kurdish smugglers. He documents survivors’ stories from Saddam Hussein’s genocidal campaign and reveals for the first time how Iraqi Kurdistan was saved from being overrun by murderous jihadis in the summer of 2014.

He also digs through secret archives to discover why Sir Winston Churchill and Middle East titans like T. E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell made a fateful decision to leave the Kurds landlocked and doomed to an eternity of conflict.

About the Author

John Cookson is an award-winning journalist who began his career in Fleet Street and then spent 30 years as a senior correspondent at Sky News, Fox News, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, Euronews and African start-up Arise News. He is also a qualified lawyer.