Amid threat of US-Russia clash in Syria
By Barry Grey, 22 June 2017
Any one of the virtually daily NATO-Russian encounters in the air could result in a fire-fight or collision, whether by intention or accident, which could quickly ignite a full-scale war between nuclear powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2017
The seriousness of the rising tensions between Washington and Moscow was underscored Tuesday with Australia’s announcement that it is grounding its planes that have been flying over Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2017
In the wake of Sunday’s US shoot-down of a Syrian jet, Moscow has announced it will treat any US aircraft flying over the western part of Syria as a hostile target.
By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2017
The US is prepared to resort to the most reckless means to defend its footholds in Syria and lay the basis for a broader war.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2017
UN war crimes investigators found that the US military has inflicted a “staggering loss of civilian life” with its relentless airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2017
Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless claims of Russian interference in the election, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional or even global conflagration.
By Jordan Shilton, 12 June 2017
Sigmar Gabriel’s warning over the Saudi-led diplomatic blockade of Qatar demonstrates the deepening inter-imperialist rivalries in the region, which threaten to transform the dispute into a war between the major powers.
By James Cogan, 12 June 2017
An estimated 200,000 civilians are trapped in the Islamic State-held areas of both cities.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2017
The offensive against the ISIS-controlled city has been accompanied by an escalating US military presence in Syria and renewed clashes with government-backed forces.
By James Cogan, 30 May 2017
Secretary of Defense Mattis implied that the “tactics” included the extra-judicial execution of wounded or captured alleged ISIS militants, which would constitute a war crime.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 May 2017
The US attack is the second in six weeks directly targeting forces loyal to the Assad regime, following the April 6 cruise missile attack on the al-Shayrat airbase.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2017
The unsubstantiated claims appeared aimed at blocking any settlement within the context of a ceasefire brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran earlier this month.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2017
The Pentagon has stepped up airstrikes, inflicting a growing toll in civilian lives, in preparation for a siege of the Syrian city of Raqqa.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2017
The announcement that the Pentagon will begin directly arming the Syrian Kurdish YPG came just a week before President Erodgan is set to visit the White House.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2017
Trump and Putin spoke Tuesday for the first time since the US launched a cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base where Russian troops were stationed.
US bombings in Syria and Afghanistan
By Mike Head, 29 April 2017
The ever-greater assertion of US militarism has brought humanity to the point where the rules of war are being nakedly flouted.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2017
The charge against Damascus is aimed at providing a pretext for renewed US aggression.
By Jordan Shilton, 17 April 2017
The general indifference shown to the victims of this brutal massacre exposes once again the hypocrisy of the crusaders for “human rights” in the US and Europe.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 April 2017
Russia and Iran warned that any US attack in Syria would have “grave consequences” for the region and the world.
By Mike Head, 14 April 2017
The media campaign, designed to silence public discussion about the latest US aggression, is a flagrant attack on the basic democratic right of free speech.
By Tom Peters, 14 April 2017
Both the government and the Labour Party support Trump’s attack on Syria, with Prime Minister Bill English declaring he would consider sending troops.
By Chris Marsden, 14 April 2017
The Guardian is arguing for continued pressure to be placed on Trump in order to extract the necessary quid pro quo from Washington in return for British and European support for the US war drive in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2017
Five hours of talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian officials left relations between the two major nuclear powers at what both sides described as a low point.
By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2017
All available evidence suggests that the tragedy in Khan Sheikhoun is a deliberate provocation organized by the American CIA and its clients among the Syrian “rebels.”
While US media promotes CIA chemical weapons claims to push for war
By Patrick Martin, 12 April 2017
A new report shows that American bombing has killed far more civilians in Iraq, including children, than reportedly died in last week’s alleged chemical attack in Syria.
By Halil Celik, 12 April 2017
Top Turkish officials are insisting that last week’s US strike on Syria will have no impact unless Washington follows it up with a broader military campaign.
By Clara Weiss, 12 April 2017
Sean Spicer falsely stated Tuesday that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons, triggering widespread popular anger and disgust in the US and internationally.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2017
The threat of renewed US military action against Syria followed a Russian-Iranian warning that such action would cross “red lines,” prompting retaliation in kind.
By Andre Damon, 11 April 2017
The middle-class political parties with roots in the anti-war protest movement of the 1960s have become cheerleaders for US imperialism.
Upcoming SEP/IYSSE public meetings
11 April 2017
WSWS writer Bill Van Auken will be speaking at a meeting in New York City on April 15, and other meetings are currently scheduled in California, Michigan, Oregon, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Illinois.
By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2017
Following the Merkel government’s declaration of support for the US attack on Syria, the German media launched a campaign for the expansion of aggression against the country.
By Joseph Kishore, 10 April 2017
A relentless logic of military escalation is taking over in Washington, dominated by demands for the overthrow of Assad and a confrontation with Russia.
By Chris Marsden, 10 April 2017
In line with the Trump administration, the Conservative government is demanding regime change in Syria and preparing a military offensive to that end.
By our reporters, 10 April 2017
The anti-war sentiments of ordinary people stand in sharp contrast to the militarist positions of Labor, the Liberal-Nationals and the corporate media.
By James Cogan, 10 April 2017
The line-up behind Washington by the government and opposition Labor Party has been replicated across the media.
By Robert Stevens, 10 April 2017
Corbyn’s statement only served to underscore the domination of the pro-war right within the Labour Party.
By Alejandro López, 10 April 2017
Spanish social democrats and their political and media allies are now lining up behind the Trump administration after it began bombing Syria.
By Roger Jordan, 10 April 2017
Trudeau’s remarks make clear that Canada is preparing to expand its military intervention both in the Middle East and against Russia in Eastern Europe.
By Matthew Taylor, 10 April 2017
First-hand evidence clearly show that the incident on Friday was provoked by the sheriff’s department in concert with a well-known right-wing provocateur.
By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2017
Following the American attack on the al-Shayrat airbase, the governments of Europe have almost unanimously declared their support for the bombardment, which killed at least nine civilians.
By Andre Damon, 8 April 2017
The United States’ blatantly illegal attack on Syria has immediately drawn demands for further escalation from leading Democrats and the media.
By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2017
The chemical weapons supposedly used in Idlib were destroyed three years ago under US supervision.
By Anthony Torres, 8 April 2017
The French “left” daily published front-page pictures of gassed Syrian children in an odious attempt to stampede public opinion into accepting an imperialist intervention in Syria.
By James Cogan, 7 April 2017
The barrage is the first direct assault by the United States on the Russian- and Iranian-backed government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2017
In the aftermath of the alleged gas attack in Idlib, German politicians and media outlets have switched to war mode.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2017
Once again the United States has concocted a pretext to justify the violation of another country’s sovereignty.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 April 2017
The events in Syria’s Idlib province have all the earmarks of a US intelligence provocation designed to provide the pretext for a new military intervention in the Middle East.
By Jordan Shilton, 5 April 2017
The prospect of a direct US-led assault on the Syrian regime cannot be underestimated, with the alleged gas attack providing the pretext.
By Johannes Stern, 1 April 2017
The massacre at Mansoura, with up to 420 killed, recalls the criminal history of Germany’s Luftwaffe.
By Jordan Shilton, 23 March 2017
The Trump administration commitment to establish “interim zones of stability” in Syria will require a substantial increase in the US military presence in the country.
By Jordan Shilton, 22 March 2017
The renewed fighting underscores the highly unstable situation into which the Trump administration is preparing to send a further 1,000 US marines.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 March 2017
Syrian government forces fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli aircraft carrying out air strikes near Palmyra, amid reports that the US bombed a mosque near Aleppo, killing 46 civilians.
Letter from a Syrian reader: “There is a new sentiment of solidarity in the ranks of the poor people”
18 March 2017
The WSWS has received the following correspondence from a reader and supporter in Damascus on the situation in Syria after six years of a civil war instigated and abetted by the major imperialist powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2017
The Pentagon is preparing to submit a request that would double the number of ground troops now deployed inside Syria, signaling a qualitative escalation of the US intervention in the war-torn country.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 March 2017
The escalation of the US intervention in both Syria and Iraq is resulting in a rising toll of civilian casualties in both countries.
By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2017
The use of Canadian troops to police so-called safe zones in Syria would see Ottawa integrated even more fully into the US-led war for regime change in Damascus.
By Halil Celik, 3 March 2017
Ankara is expected to expand its intervention in the wars in Syria and Iraq, while also threatening Iran.
By Jordan Shilton, 2 March 2017
The incident underscores the explosive character of the Syria conflict, which could rapidly escalate into a direct clash between nuclear-armed powers.
By Carlos Delgado, 27 February 2017
The professor sought to whitewash the role of US imperialism in Syria and provide support for the political establishment’s anti-Russia campaign.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2017
The dispatch of conventional ground troops to Syria as well as an intensification of US airstrikes are reportedly both under consideration.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 February 2017
The talks began just days after an Amnesty International report detailed the mass extrajudicial execution of an estimated 13,000 opponents of the Assad government at a Damascus prison.
By Zac Corrigan and Kevin Martinez, 13 February 2017
An undergraduate student at San Diego State University tells of the effect on her family of President Trump’s executive orders targeting refugees and immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries.
White House to issue executive order on “safe zones” in Syria, ban on Muslim immigrants and refugees
By Niles Niemuth, 27 January 2017
The leak of the draft executive order to the media on Thursday was preceded by an extended interview with ABC News in which Trump endorsed US-controlled “safe zones” inside Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2017
In the wake of the strategic defeat suffered by the CIA-backed Islamist militias, the US participated only as an observer in the talks brokered by Russia.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2017
The joint Russian-Turkish action came on the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who is reportedly preparing a major escalation of US intervention in the region.
By Niles Niemuth, 14 January 2017
Israel reportedly carried out its third attack against Syria in as many months even as a ceasefire in the six-year-old US-stoked civil war continues to hold.
By Jordan Shilton, 11 January 2017
Details of last week’s raid in Idlib province emerged as Democrats and Republicans in the Senate introduced bipartisan legislation to intensify punitive measures against Russia over its interventions in Syria and Ukraine.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 January 2017
The carrying out of a ground raid by US special forces troops in eastern Syria makes clear Washington’s determination to escalate the conflict.
By Andre Damon, 9 January 2017
Despite the absence of any factual evidence in the report released last week by US intelligence agencies on alleged Russian hacking, the media campaign for war shows no signs of abating.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2016
The ceasefire, which excludes ISIS and Al Qaeda, as well as the Kurdish militia, is supposed to lay the foundations for peace talks in Kazakhstan.
By Alex Lantier, 29 December 2016
On Wednesday, Turkish officials announced that they had reached an agreement with their Russian and Iranian counterparts to extend a cease-fire declared in Aleppo to all of Syria.
By Niles Niemuth, 28 December 2016
Russian investigators have downplayed the possibility that the plane was brought down Sunday by a bomb or missile, instead focusing on mechanical failure or pilot error.
By James Cogan, 22 December 2016
There is no doubt as to the overriding motive behind the 1991 Gulf War, years of sanctions on Iraq, the 2003 US invasion and the blood-letting in Mosul—oil.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2016
The joining of Turkey, a NATO ally, with Moscow and Tehran has provoked anger and recriminations from the US establishment and media.
By Andre Damon, 20 December 2016
The crisis of the US-backed proxy war for regime change in Syria has provoked a furious response from the pseudo-left apologists for US imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 December 2016
The hypocrisy of US denunciations of Syria, Russia and Iran for the suffering in Aleppo is exposed by the plight of the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul.
By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 15 December 2016
Britain’s parliament held an “emergency” debate on Syria against the backdrop of a major debacle for US imperialism and its British ally.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2016
The hysterical denunciations by Western governments and media of alleged atrocities in eastern Aleppo are a measure of the debacle for US imperialism in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2016
Under a deal brokered between Turkey and Russia, Islamist militias have agreed to evacuate the last remaining area of the city under their control.
By James Cogan, 12 December 2016
The increased involvement of American forces will heighten already tense relations between the United States and Turkey.
By Alex Lantier, 8 December 2016
Reports are emerging that Washington is pressing opposition forces in Aleppo to abandon the city and continue fighting elsewhere.
By Jordan Shilton, 6 December 2016
The Syrian army and Shia militias backing its offensive in eastern Aleppo have now taken control of approximately two-thirds of “rebel”-held districts.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2016
The talks brokered between Russia and Turkey are a further manifestation of the debacle facing the US regime change campaign.
By James Cogan, 2 December 2016
The attitude of the imperialist powers to war crimes is determined by whether they benefit from them.
By Will Morrow, 2 December 2016
Socialist Alternative’s commentary on Syria closely aligns with the most hawkish sections of the US military and intelligence apparatus.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2016
The claim that the massacre of as many as 90 Syrian soldiers was a “human error” carried out in “good faith” is contradicted by the US military’s own admissions.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2016
The Times has churned out countless lying editorials and columns justifying the bloodbath instigated by US imperialism in Syria as a “human rights” crusade.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 November 2016
Syrian government forces have seized some 40 percent of the area previously controlled by militias led by the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 November 2016
Sunday’s airstrikes highlight the increasing danger of a wider war involving nuclear-armed powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2016
The portable missiles have been placed in the hands of the so-called “rebels” in an apparent attempt to escalate the conflict in advance of the change in US administrations.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2016
The offensive has been accompanied by an increasingly hysterical campaign in the media against any easing of tensions with Moscow under a Trump administration.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 November 2016
The assault on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa has exposed the sharp tensions between the disparate forces that constitute Washington’s allies.
By Halil Celik, 8 November 2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP party are moving towards an authoritarian presidential system.
By James Cogan, 7 November 2016
The largely rhetorical announcement appears primarily aimed at bolstering Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 October 2016
Continuing its grotesque double standards over human rights violations, the US media broadly welcomed an Islamist rebel offensive in Aleppo that included indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2016
Those denouncing Russia for “war crimes” in Aleppo have carried out atrocities over the course of the past three quarters of a century that vastly eclipse the events in the embattled Syrian city.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 October 2016
There are increasing reports that ISIS fighters are being funneled from Mosul across the border into Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 October 2016
The US National Security Council reportedly discussed proposals to provide heavy weapons to Al Qaeda-linked rebels, but took no decision.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2016
The fractious and mutually antagonistic alliances forged by Washington in its interventions in Syria and Iraq threaten to explode into a regional and perhaps a world war.
By Alex Lantier, 18 October 2016
The European Union statement is aligned with the flood of anti-Russian propaganda emanating from Washington over the NATO war for regime change in Syria.