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.
By Robert Stevens, 17 October 2016
The US, UK and France are seeking to impose additional sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Syria.
By Eric London, 17 October 2016
The ISO last week published an interview on its Socialist Worker web site with a journalist linked to the New America think tank who advocates an escalation of the US military intervention in Syria.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2016
The efforts by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to assemble a “coalition of the willing” behind military action in Syria is being led by the Labour Party.
By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2016
In future, German soldiers will monitor Syrian airspace on board NATO’s AWACS reconnaissance planes.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2016
Erdogan and Putin met in Istanbul on Monday, discussed the war in Syria and sealed an agreement to construct the long-planned Turkish Stream gas pipeline.
By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2016
A US attack on Syrian government targets, which is being actively discussed by the White House, could trigger war between the world’s main nuclear-armed powers.
By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2016
With the conflict between the US and Russia intensifying dramatically, the German government has hardened its attitude towards Moscow.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2016
The US secretary of state charged Moscow with “war crimes” as US-backed, Al Qaeda-affiliated “rebels” appeared close to defeat in Aleppo.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2016
The New York Times and other major media are weighing in on the side of escalating the US intervention in Syria and militarily confronting Russia.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2016
The Obama administration is set to discuss military options even as Russia has begun deploying more sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.
By Jordan Shilton, 4 October 2016
Washington’s attempt to pin the blame on Russia for the breakdown of diplomacy in Syria is thoroughly dishonest and hypocritical.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 October 2016
A US attack on Syrian government forces could result in “total war” and “tectonic shifts” in the Middle East, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 September 2016
Kerry’s blunt warning to Lavrov that the US is considering ending all bilateral cooperation with Russia in Syria shows how close the situation is to all-out war.
By Alex Lantier, 27 September 2016
The response of leading spokesmen of state capitalist and Pabloite tendencies reflect the increasingly open pro-war policies of substantial sections of the international pseudo-left.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2016
The hypocritical accusations of war crimes hurled at Moscow by the US, Britain and France are an attempt to provide a cover for their reckless policy of regime change in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2016
Marine General Joseph Dunford’s warning came amid plans for escalating the US intervention in the region and intensified fighting in Syria.
By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2016
A no-fly zone enforced by the US, Germany or other NATO powers would not be a peace initiative, but rather the prelude to a vast escalation of the Western-incited war for regime change in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2016
Washington is exploiting the attack on a UN aid convoy in a bid to strengthen the position of US-backed Islamist militias.
By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2016
Canberra is so enmeshed in Washington’s proxy war in the Middle East that it could find itself on the frontline of a conflict with Russia.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2016
The same Western media that proclaimed the US airstrike on the Syrian army an “accident” have rushed to pin the blame on Russia and Syria for attacking an aid convoy.
By Alex Lantier and David North, 21 September 2016
The close links between CIA war propaganda and the ISO’s writings supporting war in Syria are virtually self-evident.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2016
Acting as a propaganda outlet of the US government, the Times parrots Washington’s claims that the air strikes that killed scores of Syrian troops were merely an unfortunate accident.
By Alex Lantier, 19 September 2016
The bombing threatens to escalate the Syrian conflict into all-out war pitting the US-led NATO alliance against Russia and Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2016
The threat by the so-called rebels to slaughter American special operations troops exposed the immense contradictions underlying US imperialism’s war for regime change in Syria.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 September 2016
One year after former Prime Minister David Cameron promised to settle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, only 2,800 have arrived in Britain.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 September 2016
The statements opposing the cease fire by the top military brass are an unmistakable sign of the real and growing danger of a US war against Russia.
By Jordan Shilton, 12 September 2016
Washington has acceded to the agreement to give some respite to its proxy forces around Aleppo, where government troops have made substantial gains over recent weeks.
By Max Newman, 10 September 2016
Less than 2,000 Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers have been allowed entry since the government’s promise to protect 12,000 people nearly a year ago.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 September 2016
Whatever the precise cause of the incident, primary responsibility for the exacerbation of tensions lies with US imperialism and its NATO allies.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2016
A joint US-Turkey incursion raises again the possibility of a direct conflict with the Russian-backed Syrian government, as the civil war in Syria threatens to spiral out of control.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 September 2016
The secret deployment of the SAS is of a piece with the government’s campaign of lies, deceit and disinformation throughout the five-year-long civil war.
By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2016
The calls for humanitarian aid and safe zones are transparent pretexts to legitimise a vast intensification of the imperialist intervention in Syria.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 3 September 2016
Despite talks between the United States, Russia, and Turkey, conflicts inside Syria continue to mount as the Turkish invasion of northern Syria proceeds.
By Barry Grey, 1 September 2016
The contradictions of US policy are underscored by the fact that US Special Operations forces are embedded within the Kurdish YPG and could come under attack from CIA-backed Sunni militia.
By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2016
The Obama administration is allied with both sides in the mounting conflict provoked by Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.
By Jordan Shilton, 29 August 2016
The incursion of NATO member states into northern Syria heightens the potential for a direct clash between Russia and the US which could quickly spiral out of control.
By Andre Damon, 27 August 2016
One month after the failed coup, the vice president met with Erdogan.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2016
Washington’s support for the Turkish invasion is aimed at creating the conditions for a broader intervention to topple the Assad regime.
By Halil Celik, 25 August 2016
The US vice president declared Washington’s support for the escalation, while Russian officials said they were following the invasion with concern.
By Barry Grey, 24 August 2016
Turkey and the US are increasingly working at cross purposes in Syria, further frustrating Washington’s central aim of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2016
As US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria clash with pro-regime forces backed by Russia, Iran and China, the Middle East war threatens to escalate into all-out global conflict.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2016
The saturation of the airwaves and the press with images of a five-year-old child in Aleppo should be taken as a warning that Washington is preparing public opinion for a major military escalation.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2016
The use by Russian bombers of Iranian bases to attack targets in Syria has provoked official US protests and warnings that Washington’s policy is creating a strategic crisis.
By Harvey Thompson, 16 August 2016
The BBC report revealing their presence tried to portray the role of the Special Forces as a withdrawn, reserved force.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2016
Fifteen years after launching a “global war on terror” in the name of wiping out Al Qaeda, Washington is arming and funding its associates in Syria to counter Russia.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2016
The CIA has aggressively funneled weaponry to Al Qaeda militias in Aleppo, enabling the US proxy forces to temporarily break the Syrian government’s encirclement of the city.
By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016
German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.
By Tom Eley, 3 August 2016
Chemical weapons allegations against the Syrian government should be taken as a warning that the US is prepared to escalate its confrontation with Russia over Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2016
Cut off from their supply lines to Turkey, US-backed Islamist militias are mounting a desperate offensive to break through the encirclement of their forces in Aleppo.
By Barry Grey, 30 July 2016
The latest mass killing occurred in the same region where, nine days before, the US military bombed a group of houses, killing as many as 200 civilians.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2016
US-Russian tensions are surging in Syria, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to delay a further escalation of the war until after the 2016 US elections.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2016
The slaughter in northern Syria gives a foretaste of the bloody offensives being prepared by Washington and its NATO allies against Raqqa and Mosul.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 July 2016
The atrocity was carried out by an armed Islamist militia whose members received both weapons and salaries from the CIA.
By Thomas Gaist, 20 July 2016
US airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in Aleppo province Monday, adding to the hundreds of thousands of civilian dead produced by Washington’s regime change operation.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2016
The attempted seizure of power by the military in Turkey, a key NATO member and sixth largest economy in Europe, is indicative of far broader dangers across the globe.
By James Cogan, 16 July 2016
The political upheaval in Turkey is testimony to the generalised breakdown taking place internationally in the political institutions and mechanisms of bourgeois rule.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 July 2016
The Obama administration has suggested a military cooperation pact with Russia aimed at salvaging the remnants of the Islamist forces it has backed against the Assad regime.
Behind US proposal for military cooperation with Russia
By Thomas Gaist, 5 July 2016
Both the Democratic and Republican presumptive presidential candidates have declared their support for intensified bombing and the imposition of a no-fly zone directed against the Syrian regime and its Russian backers.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2016
The frustration expressed by the 51 State Department signatories is with the failure not just of Obama’s Syria policy, but of US imperialism’s entire Middle East strategy.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2016
The memo has ratcheted up tensions with Moscow while providing a glimpse of what may prove to be the policy of the next US administration.
By Halil Celik, 11 June 2016
The latest terror attack will only accelerate and facilitate the drive of the Turkish ruling elite towards militarism and dictatorship, while confusing the masses.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2016
The offensives launched by US-backed forces on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border threaten to deepen the region’s crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2016
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi is desperately seeking to shore up his fragile government.
By Roger Jordan, 24 May 2016
Canada’s seat at the table has been secured through its services rendered in the US-led military operations in the Middle East.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2016
The failure to set a date for the resumption of talks points to the continuation of a conflict that threatens to spill over into a wider war involving the US and Russia.
By Tom Carter, 9 May 2016
The lawsuit sheds light on the assertion of unlimited presidential powers to launch and wage wars.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2016
As the US military escalates its intervention in Iraq, the government appears on the brink of collapse.
By Mike Head, 7 May 2016
Remarks by Prime Minister Turnbull amount to sanctioning extra-judicial killings as a matter of government policy.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2016
The fighting in Iraq came as the US and Russia sought to broker a renewed cessation of hostilities in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2016
American support for the ceasefire was a tactical maneuver, aimed at buying time for US forces to prepare a renewed push.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2016
The loosening of the Pentagon’s rules of engagement coincides with an escalation by the US and its Gulf allies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2016
Washington is warning that if it is unable to achieve regime change through UN-brokered talks, it will drastically escalate the Syrian bloodbath.
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2016
The declaration that Turkey’s flagrant act of war was “a small victory for humanity” underscores the pseudo-lefts’ support for imperialist provocations, including those that threaten to trigger world war.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 March 2016
The renewed push by the Syrian military, aided by Russian air cover, followed last week’s visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Moscow.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 March 2016
Two weeks after secretly deploying to northern Iraq, US Marines are pounding Iraqi villages in support of an Iraqi government offensive overseen by US advisors.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2016
The recent “cessation of hostilities” and partial withdrawal of Russian forces will not stop the escalation of US militarism in the region and beyond.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2016
Moscow’s intervention was directed principally at forestalling the imposition of a US puppet regime in Damascus hostile to the interests of Russia’s ruling oligarchy.
By Halil Celik, 15 March 2016
The ruling elite is exploiting the attack to justify stepped-up security operations in Kurdish areas of Turkey and preparations to invade Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 March 2016
In congressional testimony, a top commander made clear that the US intervention is aimed not merely at ISIS, but at Iran and Russia as well.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 February 2016
US war planes continue to strike targets throughout large areas of the country, while American commandos organized offensive operations by an array of proxy forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2016
Amid bitter recriminations over the “cessation of hostilities” brokered by the US and Russia, all the lies used to promote both regime-change in Syria and the “war on terror” are disintegrating.
By Barry Grey, 24 February 2016
The Obama administration has pushed for a truce largely to buy time and prevent a complete military rout of the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and its allied “rebels.”
By Niles Williamson, 22 February 2016
The devastating attacks in Homs and Damascus came just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a tentative ceasefire, for the second time in two weeks.