By Francis Dubois, 13 November 2014
On November 11, FN leader Marine Le Pen called for France to rearm, introduce universal military service and develop a policy independent of NATO and the European Union.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2014
In the first stage of the latest US escalation, “advisers” are being dispatched to Anbar to pave the way for more “boots on the ground.”
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, 7 November 2014
The push for a new Authorization of the Use of Military Force is aimed at preparing a war that will be far wider and even more protracted than those launched over a decade ago.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2014
The Pentagon has put out contracts for the support of fighting in the region through 2024.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 5 November 2014
The head of Canadian military operations has boasted that Canada is “actively involved in the command-and-control structure” of the coalition bombing campaign.
By Harvey Thompson, 3 November 2014
The withdrawal of hundreds of British soldiers was carried out in almost complete secrecy, amid serious security concerns.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2014
The US is seeking to forge closer ties with the Kurdish militia groups as it pursues its broader aims of regime-change in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2014
There is a mounting drumbeat from Washington’s vast military and intelligence apparatus for stepped-up bombing and US “boots on the ground” in both Iraq and Syria.
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.
A bipartisan conspiracy
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia)
13 October 2014
The justification for war is no less a lie than the claims in 2003 that the US invasion of Iraq was about “weapons of mass destruction.”
By Stefan Steinberg, 11 October 2014
Balkan countries that have joined the “coalition against IS” are whipping up anti-Islamist sentiment and introducing repressive legislation.
By Nick Beams, 11 October 2014
The illusion of “strength” surrounding the Abbott government as it commits troops to the US-led war is, above all, a product of the bipartisan support it is receiving.
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 Johannes Stern, 10 October 2014
Fourteen leading Left Party politicians have issued a statement titled "Save Kobani!"
By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2014
Ankara is determined that anti-ISIS operations do not strengthen Kurdish forces in either Syria or Turkey itself.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2014
The Obama administration is marshalling support for a war that is primarily aimed against the Syrian government, rather than ISIS.
By Kumaran Ira, 30 September 2014
The French daily Le Monde justifies the escalating imperialist war in the Middle East by echoing Paris’s claims that it is fighting a war against “terrorism.”
By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2014
Turkish President Recep Erdogan has come under enormous pressure from Washington to join President Obama’s coalition for a new war of aggression in the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 29 September 2014
Statements from top US officials are part of a carefully orchestrated campaign to prepare public opinion for full-scale war in the Middle East.
By Pierre Mabut, 29 September 2014
The Islamist forces that murdered Gourdel benefited from the support of France and its allies amid the imperialist powers' proxy wars in Libya and Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 September 2014
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the US embassy in Sanaa amid an ongoing occupation of Yemen’s capital city by Houthi rebels.
By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2014
In less than two months, Obama’s phony “humanitarian mission” to protect the Yazidis in Iraq has become a full-blown war across two countries.
By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament there was “no legal barrier” to Britain extending parliament’s approval for bombing Iraq to cover similar action in Syria.
By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2014
The German government plans to deliver weapons worth around 70 million euros to Iraq in the coming days.
By Niles Williamson, 27 September 2014
Alleged plotting of the so-called Khorasan Group has been used by the Obama administration as a further justification for its ongoing bombing in Syria.
By Paul Mitchell, 26 September 2014
Both the Conservatives and Labour Parties back British involvement in the US-led war, which is aimed at reasserting military dominance in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2014
European powers solidarized themselves with the latest US imperialist war, while other states used the “terror” hysteria to justify their own crimes.
By our correspondents, 26 September 2014
Workers and youth expressed concern and disbelief to the WSWS over the police shooting of the 18-year-old.
By Christoph Dreier, 26 September 2014
The Danish section of the United Secretariat, the Socialist Workers Party, joined the vote to send an Air Force Hercules transport plane carrying arms to Iraq.
By Joseph Kishore, 25 September 2014
The resolution, proposed by the Obama administration, comes as the major powers are implementing a raft of antidemocratic measures under the guise of a renewed “war on terror.”
By Barry Grey, 25 September 2014
What above all distinguished Obama's speech was the complete disconnect between its assertions and political reality.
By Ben McGrath, 25 September 2014
The government in Seoul has not ruled out providing military assistance to the US in the Middle East.
By Peter Symonds, 24 September 2014
The scope and extent of yesterday’s air attacks underline the fact that Syria, not Iraq, has been the primary US target all along.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2014
The perfunctory character of Obama’s statement Tuesday made it clear that Washington no longer feels obliged to even explain, much less defend, its military interventions abroad before the American people.
By Tim Rivers and Seraphine Collins, 24 September 2014
Residents said the billions of dollars spent on war should be used to rebuild infrastructure and fight poverty.
By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2014
The attacks on ISIS in Syria mark the expansion of a reckless and criminal war that will have catastrophic consequences for the Middle East and beyond.
By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2014
Washington’s claims to have “universal support” cannot obscure the fact that it is waging another war of aggression based on lies.
By Nick Beams, 20 September 2014
Within hours of Australia’s largest-ever anti-terror operation, US Secretary of State Kerry invoked the lurid news reports to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2014
In a series of statements contradicting the president’s vow of no new “ground war” in Iraq, the Pentagon’s top brass has come close to insubordination.
By a WSWS reporting team, 20 September 2014
Workers at the Chrysler Warren Truck assembly plant in suburban Detroit expressed opposition to the Obama administration’s new war against Iraq and Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2014
The air strikes marked the first European attack in support of the latest US war in Iraq and the first overt French military operation there since the 1990-1991 Gulf War.
By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2014
While the US shelved its planned air war against Syria last year, it has never relinquished its ambition for regime change in Damascus.
“War means the people are losing”
By Seraphine Collins, 19 September 2014
As the US military launches an open-ended war in Iraq and Syria, a broad section of workers and young people say they feel deeply opposed to war, but their views find no reflection in official politics.
By Patrick Martin, 18 September 2014
The bipartisan vote, with majorities of both Republicans and Democrats supporting the White House, is a major step towards a wider war in the Middle East.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 September 2014
Mufid Elfgeeh was arrested after purchasing inoperative weapons from FBI informants posing as aspiring ISIS militants
By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2014
In Senate hearings yesterday, the top US general contradicted President Obama’s pledge that no US troops would engage in combat in Iraq or Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2014
Underlying the desperate attempts of refugees to reach Europe is the chaos that multiple imperialist interventions have inflicted upon the Middle East and Africa.
By Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014
Using aid worker David Haines’ murder by ISIS as the casus belli, British Prime Minister Cameron is preparing to back military strikes in Iraq and Syria.
By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2014
Using the pretext of attacking ISIS militias, the US has revived its plans directed at ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2014
The House will act on Monday, followed shortly by the Senate, with both parties expected to provide top-heavy majorities for stepped-up US intervention in the Syrian civil war.
By Niles Williamson, 15 September 2014
The families of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both beheaded by ISIS, have come forward about threats from the Obama administration of prosecution if they paid the ransoms demanded for their sons’ lives.
By Zac Hambides and Peter Symonds, 15 September 2014
Yesterday’s announcement by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that up to 600 Australian military personnel and 10 aircraft will be deployed within the week to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to “contribute” to fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is surrounded by deception and lies. While Abbott declared that Australia was involved in a “humanitarian operation,” the real aim of the new US-led war is regime-change against the Iranian and Russian-backed government in Syria.
By Barry Grey, 13 September 2014
The new war represents a massive escalation of US imperialist aggression in the entire Middle East and beyond.
By Joseph Kishore, 13 September 2014
The White House designated military operations in Iraq and Syria as a “war,” even as it insisted that it did not need congressional authorization.
By Keith Jones, 13 September 2014
With the full support of the country’s ruling business elite, Canada has joined the new “coalition of the willing” that US imperialism has organized to wage war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.
By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2014
While ISIS is the nominal target, the new US-led war is above all a revival of plans to topple the Assad regime in Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2014
In his nationally televised speech Wednesday night, Obama outlined a program of perpetual war, with ISIS a convenient pretext.
By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2014
The nationally televised speech from the White House set no limits on the escalation of US military violence in the Middle East.
By Barry Grey, 10 September 2014
The war on ISIS is camouflage for an unstated agenda, at the center of which is the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
By Niles Williamson, 9 September 2014
The American government and its European allies bear the ultimate responsibility for the rise of ISIS and other Islamic extremist organizations, such as the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front, in Syria and Iraq.
By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2014
The Obama administration insisted on a so-called unity government as the pre-condition for a greater US military intervention against ISIS militias.
By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2014
Obama’s statement that the Islamic State “poses a broader threat” than Al Qaeda has the most ominous implications.
By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2014
By our reporters, 8 September 2014
By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2014
The agreement was announced by US officials after a meeting of the ten countries on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales.
By Jordan Shilton, 5 September 2014
The central role in deepening the crises in both Eastern Europe and the Middle East has been played by NATO’s leading powers, above all the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2014
American imperialism has built up reactionary Islamic fundamentalist groups in the Middle East for more than half a century.
By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2014
In bombing ISIS targets in Iraq around the town of Amerli, the US carried out its first military action in coordination with Shi’ite militia forces.
By Peter Symonds, 1 September 2014
As in 2003, Canberra is committing military forces to an open-ended war in Iraq behind the backs of the Australian population and on the basis of lies.
By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2014
The UN High Commission for Refugees warned that its resources are being exhausted by the unprecedented exodus.
By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2014
While Abbott and his ministers claim “no decision has been made,” preparations for Australian military involvement are well advanced.
More pro-war propaganda from NY Times columnist Roger Cohen
By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2014
The New York Times’ Roger Cohen lays the blame for the bloody events in the region on a series of US “errors,” most importantly a failure to go to war in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2014
Obama delivered a militarist speech Tuesday to the American Legion convention amid reports that US air strikes could begin in Syria by the end of this week.
By Pierre Mabut, 27 August 2014
Paris’s role exposes France’s pseudo-left parties, who tried to falsely pose as critics of the government by calling for it to arm Syrian opposition militias.
By Félix Gauthier, 27 August 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has seized on last week’s release of a video showing the gruesome beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamacist insurgents as a pretext for a further expansion of Canada’s military intervention in Iraq and the broader region of the Middle East and North Africa.
By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2014
Armed conflicts now extend across North Africa and the Middle East in a continuous band from Tripoli to Baghdad.