By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2015
With its intervention in Syria, Russia has cut across US plans which date back decades to effect regime-change in Syria and redraw the map of the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015
A series of incidents along the Syrian-Turkish border have raised the danger of military confrontation between Russia and the US-led imperialist alliance.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015
The Vermont senator and presidential candidate issued a statement supporting the Obama’s policy of airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2015
Responding to reports that Russian jets “locked on” to Turkish fighters, Western officials issued a round of denunciations against Russian military support for the Assad government.
By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2015
The Democratic and Republican parties are both split over how far to go in the imperialist intervention against the government of Bashar al-Assad, which is now reinforced by Russia.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2015
The demand that Moscow confine its airstrikes to ISIS targets amounts to a tacit defense of the Al-Nusra Front, the main fighting force against the Assad government.
By Barry Grey, 2 October 2015
Prominent voices within the US foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment are calling for an even more reckless US policy of escalation against both Assad and Putin.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2015
Moscow’s launching of air strikes in Syria is a thoroughly reactionary intervention, aimed at defending not the Syrian people, but the profit interests of Russia’s oligarchy.
By Barry Grey, 30 September 2015
The twists and turns of US policy reflect massive contradictions in Washington’s Middle East agenda and fierce divisions within the foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment.
By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2015
This act of war not only intensifies the bloodshed in Syria and the misery of millions of Syrian refugees, it threatens to provoke a military conflict with Syria’s main backer, Russia.
By Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2015
The talks, the first since 2013, come amid signals by the Obama administration that it is open to a deal with Russia aimed at forging a transitional regime in Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 September 2015
Obama administration officials have signaled their willingness to accept a deal with Russia that would leave Syria’s Assad in power, at least temporarily.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015
The SEP condemns the government’s decision to expand its involvement in the US-led war in the Middle East by authorising air strikes in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2015
Half of those surveyed oppose US airstrikes, and only 21 percent believe their lives are better now than before the Western-orchestrated civil war in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2015
Tensions have continued to escalate over US allegations that Russia is establishing a “forward-operating air base” outside the port city of Latakia.
By Johannes Stern, 17 September 2015
Germany’s elite are using the refugee crisis in Europe to intensify their campaign for war.
By Tom Scripps, 17 September 2015
The cancelled production, Homegrown, explores the reasons for three London girls travelling to Syria to join ISIS.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2015
The media and politicians in both the US and Western Europe have cynically seized upon the plight of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria as the pretext for intensifying the slaughter.
By Robert Stevens, 11 September 2015
The British government and its allies are now unabashed in their calls for war in Syria and the removal of Bashar Al-Assad.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2015
The threats to Moscow over aid to Syria underscore Washington’s overriding aim of regime-change.
By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 9 September 2015
The attack parallels the Obama administration’s policy of extrajudicial executions and constitutes a violation of democratic rights and the rule of law.
By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik, 9 September 2015
The Turkish government has put much of southeastern Turkey under de facto martial law and is escalating its military operations against the Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 8 September 2015
In a nationally televised press conference, French President François Hollande called for stepped-up bombing in Syria and the ousting of Syrian President Assad.
By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2015
The government’s admission that it ordered the targeted assassination of two Britons in Syria parallels the extra-judicial murders of its own citizens by the US government.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2015
The previously secret “targeted killing” program appears to be aimed at beheading ISIS.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2015
Protests demanding the treatment of uncollected trash also express opposition to Lebanon’s endemic corruption and its sectarian system of government.
By James Cogan, 22 August 2015
Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.
By Robert Stevens, 18 August 2015
At least 49 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the coast of Libya Saturday, thought to have asphyxiated after inhaling fumes from fuel.
By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015
Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 August 2015
The Russian government held negotiations this week aimed at a political settlement to end the war in Syria through installation of a transitional national unity regime.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2015
Through all its dizzying contradictions and the mass of lies employed to sell it, the war’s only consistent features are the predatory aims and methods of US imperialism.
By Will Morrow, 5 August 2015
The real death toll is undoubtedly far higher, because the US and its allies cover up all evidence of civilian deaths.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2015
Under the pretense of protecting a handful of US-trained mercenaries, the American president has approved air strikes against Syrian government forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 August 2015
The US reaction only underscores Washington's attempts to forge an alliance with the Al Qaeda affiliate in the war for regime change.
By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 31 July 2015
President Erdoğan’s government has mobilised the military and police to target both the Kurdish nationalist movement and the “left” and anti-war opposition in general.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2015
The deal reached between Washington and Ankara has set the stage for a major escalation of the war for regime change against Syria.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2015
In exchange for a green light to attack the Kurds, Turkey has made a U-turn to join the US-led campaign of air strikes in Syria.
By Chris Marsden, 29 July 2015
The Tories are fashioning an increasingly aggressive military policy and undertaking measures that represent a grave threat to democratic rights.
By our Turkish correspondent, 25 July 2015
While joining the US war against ISIS, Ankara is simultaneously stepping up its offensive against Kurdish nationalist groups.
By our Turkish correspondent, 22 July 2015
Dozens were killed by a suicide bomb outside a cultural center in a town on the Turkish border with Syria.
By Julie Hyland, 18 July 2015
British pilots have carried out attacks in flagrant disregard for the August 2013 parliamentary vote against British military involvement in Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2015
One-sixth of the total Syrian population has fled the country and some 230,000 have been killed as a result of the civil war that erupted in 2011, according to the UN estimates.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2015
Flanked by a phalanx of military officials and commanders, Obama outlined a perspective of endless war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 July 2015
Turkish and Jordanian military forces are on the brink of intervening in Syria to establish occupation zones in the northern and southern areas of the country.
By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015
Socialist Alternative continues its public support for the US-led regime-change operation against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2015
Underlying the massive rearmament of ISIS forces with captured US weapons are the contradictory and vastly destructive policies pursued by US imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 June 2015
According to one estimate, the Islamist militia now controls territory across Iraq and Syria roughly equivalent to the size of Italy.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2015
The US defense secretary’s charge that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” has evoked counter-charges that Washington has no real desire to crush ISIS.
By Niles Williamson, 26 May 2015
The provision of air cover by the US for its proxy forces on the ground in Syria would follow the pattern of the 2011 US-NATO air war in Libya.
By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2015
In an interview with CNN, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the ISIS victory at Ramadi showed that Iraqi government forces did not have the “will to fight.”
By Niles Williamson, 22 May 2015
The logic of developments in Iraq is leading to the reintroduction of large numbers of American ground troops and a wider war in the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2015
Nothing certain is known about the circumstances or results of the attack, since the only sources of information are the Pentagon and White House.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2015
In preparation for expanded interventions in Syria and elsewhere, the US Defense Department will train some 15,000 militants at camps in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2015
The latest atrocity reportedly took place in the Arab village of Bir Mahali in Aleppo province.
By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2015
An alliance of anti-Assad rebels, led by the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda, is armed with US-supplied TOW anti-tank missiles.
By Johannes Stern and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015
The massive refugee death toll in the Mediterranean is a grim form of collateral damage from the imperialist wars waged in the name of “human rights.”
By David Walsh, 17 April 2015
NBC’s Engel claimed he was held captive by pro-Assad forces. It turns out his kidnappers were associated with the anti-Assad rebels backed by the US.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 April 2015
The takeover of the Palestinian-populated enclave is the first time ISIS has gained a foothold so near to the Syrian capital Damascus, the stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2015
The aim is to create a militia capable of installing a regime in Syria that will carry out the dictates of the imperialist powers.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2015
The January 25 election of Syriza has laid bare the evolution of these groups into open supporters of capitalist governments.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 March 2015
The Pentagon claims that seven months of US air strikes have killed 8,700 “militants” in Iraq and Syria, while providing no estimate of how many civilians have died.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 March 2015
The debate over how to proceed in imperialist circles testifies to the disaster unleashed in the Middle East by the NATO proxy wars against Libya and Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2015
Not only did Britain’s security service MI5 carefully track the movements of “Jihadi John,” it carried out an active campaign to recruit him as an informant and covert agent.
By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2015
The two-day operation, which reportedly began Saturday and ended Sunday, was denounced as a “flagrant aggression” by Syrian officials.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 February 2015
The Authorization for Use of Military Force presented to Congress by the White House yesterday aims to establish a new legal framework for war throughout the Middle East and beyond.
By Barry Grey, 5 February 2015
Prior to the 2003 US invasion, there was no Al Qaeda in Iraq. The organization, the forerunner of ISIS, arose on the ruins of Iraqi society at the hands of US imperialism.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 January 2015
The UK/US-hosted summit in London discussed plans for stepping up military action in Iraq.
By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2015
Israel’s air strike follows its denunciations of the International Criminal Court’s decision to launch a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in Palestine.
By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2015
US warplanes have bombed at least 3,222 targets inside Iraq and Syria and destroyed some 980 structures, an official Pentagon announcement said Wednesday.
By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2015
A former US airbase in Anbar province, where 300 US trainers and Special Forces operatives are located, is surrounded by ISIS and under continuous attack.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2014
The destruction of Syria’s patrimony means its history can never be studied and made available to future generations.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 December 2014
The German parliament’s imminent backing of a combat mission in Iraq marks a crucial step in the unleashing of German militarism.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2014
The latest bombing raids took place amid fresh reports of Israeli aid to the Islamist “rebels” inside Syria.
By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2014
The US State Department’s comments are utterly cynical given the Pentagon’s indifference to civilian casualties in its new Middle East war.
By James Cogan, 11 November 2014
Planning is undoubtedly underway for bloody attacks to retake major Iraqi cities currently controlled by ISIS.
By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2014
US warplanes struck along a 400-mile front from Idlib, in northwestern Syria, to Mosul in northern Iraq, and at numerous locations in western Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2014
Gen. Dempsey’s proposal would put US troops in predominantly Sunni Anbar province, where ISIS controls roughly 80 percent of the territory.
SEP Public Meetings
27 October 2014
Once again, the US military machine has dropped bombs upon a defenseless country in the Middle East—this time Syria. As with “shock and awe” against Iraq in 2003 and the “humanitarian” war for regime-change in Libya in 2011, Washington has launched a war of aggression based upon lies.
By Niles Williamson, 25 October 2014
Two items in Friday’s Washington Post reporting chemical weapons attacks in Iraq and Syria are part of a propaganda campaign by the media to turn the operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria into a war to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2014
Preparations are being made to substantially escalate the US military presence and participation in ground combat operations.
By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2014
While the PYD and its armed wing are still on the US list of terrorist organisations, Secretary of State Kerry is rebadging them as Washington’s latest “valiant” freedom fighters.
By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2014
As the US seeks to consolidate its presence in Iraq and further plans for regime change in Syria, the logic of the military situation points to a further escalation of the war.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2014
The intelligence agency concluded on the basis of decades of experience that its arming of US-backed insurgents seldom proved successful.
By Will Morrow, 17 October 2014
Socialist Alternative has yet to write a single article even acknowledging that US bombs have begun to rain down on Syria. As the old maxim states, silence is consent.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2014
Shia militias, among the only ground forces to make advances against ISIS, have carried out a deadly campaign of sectarian violence against Sunnis.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2014
The meeting at Andrews Air Force Base could not mask the deepening divisions over the strategy guiding the US-led war in Iraq and Syria.
By Peter Symonds, 13 October 2014
Top US general Martin Dempsey has again suggested that American military advisers will be needed in a frontline combat role.
By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2014
Obama and Erdogan are in conflict over the methods to achieve their common goal, the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad.
By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014
The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2014
As ISIS forces were poised to take the Syrian border town of Kobani, Turkish President Erdogan reiterated his conditions for joining the US-led war in the region.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2014
Four weeks before the congressional election, the Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a conspiracy of silence over US war plans in the Middle East.
By Mike Head, 7 October 2014
Air strikes by the US and its allies have failed to halt the ISIS siege of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border.
By Tom Peters, 7 October 2014
Just nine days after his government was re-elected, Prime Minister John Key said he would consider sending soldiers to Iraq.
By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2014
Moazzam Begg was one of four people arrested in February on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp in Syria, possessing documents for a purpose connected to terrorism.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2014
The call for a military crusade against “savagery,” “zealots” and “raw evil” is an echo of the rhetoric employed by the yellow press over a century ago.
By James Cogan, 4 October 2014
The Abbott government’s deployment of military forces has been facilitated by the bipartisan support of the Labor Party opposition.
By Keith Jones, 4 October 2014
Canada is deploying fighter jets to participate in the US bombing campaign in Iraq and possibly Syria.
Marines in Kuwait; Turkey joins US coalition
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2014
Despite Obama’s pledge of no boots on the ground, more than 17,000 US ground troops in Kuwait could be quickly deployed in the new war in Syria and Iraq.
By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2014
The White House said Tuesday that restrictions on drone missile strikes meant to limit civilian casualties would not apply to operations in Syria and Iraq.
By Francis Dubois, 2 October 2014
The NPA’s response to the French government’s anti-terror law amounts to a defense of both imperialist war in the Middle East and police repression at home.