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Australian anti-terror raids part of US war drive

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.

US generals challenge Obama on ground troops in Iraq, 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.

Detroit Chrysler workers speak out against war

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.

France bombs ISIS targets in Iraq

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.

US lays new chemical weapon allegations against Syria

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”

Wayne State University students and workers speak out against war

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.

US House approves Obama plan for military intervention in Syria

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.

FBI arrests Rochester man in fabricated ISIS “terror plot”

By Thomas Gaist, 18 September 2014

Mufid Elfgeeh was arrested after purchasing inoperative weapons from FBI informants posing as aspiring ISIS militants

US prepares for “generational” war in the Middle East

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.

Mediterranean shipwrecks leave over 700 refugees dead, many fleeing Mideast wars

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.

UK prepares for full military action in Syria and Iraq

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.

Obama’s “coalition of the willing” against Syria, Iran

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.

US Congress to vote to fund Syrian “rebels”

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.

Families of journalists murdered by ISIS threatened with prosecution by US government

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.

Australian government commits warplanes, troops to Iraq war

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.

The war for regime-change 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.

Obama administration asserts unlimited powers for new war in Iraq, Syria

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.

Canada signs up for Washington’s new Mideast war

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.

US to rapidly expand war in Iraq and Syria

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.

Obama’s speech on ISIS: Perpetual war in Iraq, Syria and beyond

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.

Obama announces open-ended war in Iraq and Syria

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.

Obama’s war in Iraq and Syria

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.

American imperialism and the rise of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq

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.

Vote on Iraqi government sets stage for expanded US war

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.

Obama prepares to escalate war in the Middle East

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.

Australian government poised to commit fighter jets to Iraq war

By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2014

Workers and youth in Australia oppose new Iraq war

By our reporters, 8 September 2014

US forms ten-nation coalition to escalate war in Iraq, Syria

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.

At NATO summit, US and Europe threaten Russia, plan military action against ISIS

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.

ISIS atrocities and US imperialism

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.

US steps up Mideast military intervention

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.

Australian military aircraft to supply arms to Iraqi Kurds

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.

Syria refugee total nears ten million

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2014

The UN High Commission for Refugees warned that its resources are being exhausted by the unprecedented exodus.

Australian government ready to join US air war in Middle East

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

US “errors” and the debacle in the Middle East

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.

Obama vows protracted military campaign in Iraq, 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.

France admits it directly supplied arms to Syrian “rebels”

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.

Harper to escalate Canadian military intervention in Iraq

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.

Egypt, UAE conducted joint air strikes in Libya

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.

US military to initiate operations in Syria

By James Cogan, 26 August 2014

Whatever attacks are made on ISIS, it is not the only, or even the primary, target inside Syria.

Imperialist war in search of a pretext

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2014

The Obama administration is preparing a further explosion of imperialist aggression in both Iraq and Syria.

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2014

The vicious execution of the American journalist has been seized upon as the pretext for launching new US wars of aggression in the Middle East.

Human Rights Watch: Egyptian regime guilty of crimes against humanity

By Nick Barrickman, 13 August 2014

In terms of sheer numbers, the killings of protesters on August 14, 2013 at Rab’a Square in Cairo exceed the death toll in the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Obama authorises a new air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2014

Once again, US imperialism is playing the humanitarian card—the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi minority—to justify its predatory aims.

Israel calls up more troops to join Gaza slaughter

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2014

The death toll among Palestinians is nearing 1,500, including more than 300 children.

US rearms Israel as its war crimes mount in Gaza

By Mike Head, 31 July 2014

The Pentagon’s announcement laid bare the hypocrisy of the Obama administration’s expressions of “concern” about Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians.

Oppose the Israeli invasion of Gaza

By Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 July 2014

The aim of the offensive is to carry out mass killings and inflict mass destruction, leaving Gaza a smoking ruin.

British government planned a 100,000-strong Syrian proxy force

By Steve James, 7 July 2014

BBC’s “Newsnight” has revealed 2012 plans for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Thousands demonstrate at funeral of slain Palestinian youth

By Barry Grey, 5 July 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would delay any major military escalation for 24 hours while cease-fire talks with Hamas continued.

Australia: Workers and youth oppose war in Iraq

By our reporters, 5 July 2014

Interviews in Melbourne illustrated the deep hostility to US imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, and Australia’s involvement.

US general suggests re-invasion of Iraq if “national interests drive us there”

By James Cogan, 4 July 2014

Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.

Obama sends more US troops to Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2014

The latest contingent of 300 troops arrived Sunday to provide security at the Baghdad airport.

Israel attacks Palestinian territories after bodies of missing youth discovered

By James Cogan, 1 July 2014

From the time the boys disappeared, Netanyahu and his government shamelessly exploited their fate.

US escalates intervention in Mideast crisis

By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2014

On Thursday, the White House asked Congress to authorize $500 million for direct US military training and equipment for Sunni insurgents fighting the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

In Baghdad, Kerry threatens US military action

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2014

The US secretary of state said that President Obama could order military attacks on Sunni militants without waiting for a governmental shakeup in Iraq.

Egypt jails Al Jazeera journalists after show trial

By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2014

Egyptian courts sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to long prison sentences yesterday on trumped-up charges of conspiring with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Impact of war and persecution

More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide

By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2014

Nearly one-fifth of the world’s displaced people come from a single conflict, the civil war in Syria.

General cites official request from Iraqi government for US air strikes against Sunni insurgents

By James Cogan, 19 June 2014

The main factor in the success of the Sunni uprising has been the influx into Iraq of ISIS fighters who were financed and armed with Washington’s support to overthrow the government in Syria.

The crisis in Iraq and the response of the Turkish ruling class

By Halil Celik, 19 June 2014

The ISIS offensive in Iraq has revealed the corrupt and cynical character of the regional allies of American imperialism—first and foremost, the Turkish ruling class and its political representatives.

Obama orders nearly 300 US troops to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2014

The order to deploy US forces to Iraq for the first time since the US withdrawal in December 2011 comes amid growing signs of a full-fledged civil war.

Civil war escalates in Iraq amid reports of sectarian massacres

By James Cogan, 16 June 2014

The events of the past week have starkly exposed the ethnic and sectarian fracturing of Iraq that was fomented during the US occupation.

Iraq crisis threatens to ignite regional war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2014

President Obama said Thursday that he did not “rule out anything” in relation to the US military response to the offensive of the ISIS in Iraq.

The fall of Mosul and the crimes of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2014

The fall of Mosul to Al Qaeda-linked militias underscores the crimes of US imperialism in Iraq and throughout the region.

Amid diplomatic offensive against Syria, France presses for war

By Kumaran Ira, 15 May 2014

Paris said it wished the United States had started a war with Syria last year, while accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons.

US-aligned Human Rights Watch indicts Syria for gas attack

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2014

The claims by HRW serve to provide a fresh pretext for imperialist intervention against Syria.

Obama in talks with “rebel” leader on escalating Syrian war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2014

The leader of the Western-backed “rebels” has indicated that his main aim is procuring more surface-to-air missiles.

Tony Blair calls for stepped up intervention in Middle East

By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2014

In his speech calling for greater Western intervention in the Middle East, Blair defended Egypt’s 2013 military coup as the “absolutely necessary rescue of a nation”.

Missile strikes in Yemen, weapons to Syria

US steps up Mideast military interventions

By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2014

US wars and US-instigated civil wars have killed millions in the Middle East over the past two decades.

Syrian regime, “rebels” trade poison gas charges

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2014

It is the US-backed “rebels,” not the regime, who have the clearest incentive to stage gas attacks, as a pretext to provoke foreign military intervention.

Syria, Russia and Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2014

The ongoing war in Syria, like the wars for regime change in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, is in part aimed against Russian political and commercial interests in the region.

US targets Syria for stepped-up aggression

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2014

US officials say they have a plan to supply the “moderate opposition” in Syria with weapons that are to be channelled through Washington’s regional allies.

New exposé by Seymour Hersh: Turkey staged gas attack to provoke US war on Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2014

Citing numerous US intelligence and military sources, Hersh reports that the Obama administration was prepared to launch massive air strikes against Syria on the basis of lies.

In talks with Saudi monarch, Obama prepares escalation of US-backed war in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2014

The US government will reportedly supply anti-aircraft missiles and launchers to the Syrian “rebels.”

Israel air strikes on Syrian military raise Mideast tensions

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2014

One Syrian soldier was killed and seven injured in the ninth Israeli military strike across its borders in the past month.

Libyan military commander calls for Egyptian-style military junta

By Jean Shaoul, 22 February 2014

The General National Congress is little more than a consortium of Islamist forces, ex-Gaddafi regime elements, and criminal gangs.

US escalates Syrian intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2014

Having failed to advance regime-change through talks in Geneva, Washington is stepping up its funding and arming of Islamist and mercenary fighters in Syria.

New Zealand government cancels passports over Syrian conflict

By Tom Peters, 17 February 2014

The government’s decision, taken without any semblance of due process, sets a new precedent in attacks on democratic rights.

Obama renews threats as Syrian talks remain deadlocked

By Mike Head, 12 February 2014

Remarks by the US and French presidents indicate a shift to a more aggressive posture toward the Syrian government.

Australian government preparing attack on citizenship rights

By Mike Head, 4 February 2014

The Abbott government is whipping up fears of terrorism in order to justify a deeper offensive against basic democratic rights.

After failed Geneva talks, US steps up threats against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2014

Washington and its allies are escalating pressure on Syria over chemical weapons and professed “humanitarian” concerns.

Syria talks deadlocked as US-backed opposition demands regime change

By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2014

Washington saw its ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar al Assad as a means of ratcheting up tensions and placing maximum pressure on Iran.

“Geneva II” and the US regime-change drive in Syria

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 January 2014

The talks underway in Switzerland make clear that Washington has not backed away from its regime-change policy.

As Geneva talks open, US advances trumped-up torture charges against Syria

By Alex Lantier, 22 January 2014

With talks on the Syrian war opening today, the US political and media establishment ratcheted up tensions with the Syrian regime yesterday.

With Syria talks in disarray, UN yanks invitation to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2014

Plans for talks on a political settlement of the three-year-old war in Syria were thrown into disarray Monday, just two days before the talks were set to open in Switzerland.

Opposition Syrian National Coalition to attend Geneva talks

By Alex Lantier, 20 January 2014

With their Islamist proxies facing defeat on the battlefield, Washington and its allies are trying to impose a neo-colonial regime on Syria through diplomacy.

Amid mounting political crisis, Turkey shifts policy on Syria

By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2014

Confronted with a government corruption scandal and growing instability on the Turkish-Syrian border, the AKP government has signaled a sudden shift in policy.

The catastrophe unleashed by US imperialism in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2014

While the US pursues negotiations on Syria and Iran’s nuclear program to facilitate its “pivot to Asia,” the catastrophe that Washington has unleashed in the Middle East threatens to metastasize into a regional war.

Paris conference on Syria: US, European allies renew push for regime-change

By Alex Lantier, 13 January 2014

Top US and European diplomats assembled Sunday in Paris for a two-day meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria group.

Syria conference, Iranian deal hang in balance as US steps up bullying

By Keith Jones, 10 January 2014

Washington is intensifying efforts to use the upcoming international conference on Syria to remove Bashar al-Assad, while seeking fresh concessions from Iran.

Tunisian political parties resume “national dialogue,” vote on constitution

By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 8 January 2014

As the Tunisian Revolution approaches its third anniversary, the Tunisian ruling elite is resuming its “national dialogue” aimed at pre-empting renewed working class struggles.

The New York Times pronounces on destabilisation of the Middle East

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2014

The Middle East stands as proof of the malignant role of imperialism in imposing grinding poverty, brutal levels of exploitation and the ever growing danger of war.

US, Iran say they will not send troops to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2014

Washington and Tehran have both pledged support to the Maliki government in Iraq, while ruling out the deployment of troops in the escalating battle in Anbar province.

Lebanon destabilised by Chatah assassination

By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2013

The killing of former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah underscores the threat of war that has spread throughout the region.

New York Times report:

CIA-backed militias linked to Benghazi, Libya attack

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2013

The Times report confirms that the Benghazi attack was blowback from the CIA’s use of Islamic terrorist groups to attack the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

Saudi Arabia angered by US-Iran rapprochement

By Jean Shaoul, 17 December 2013

The main thrust of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy—its opposition to Iran and the “Shia arc”—has been undermined by Washington.

UN Syrian chemical weapons report exposes Washington’s lies

By Patrick O’Connor, 16 December 2013

The US-backed, Islamist-dominated “rebel” militias are responsible for multiple chemical attacks against Syrian soldiers and civilians.

US suspends military aid to its Syrian proxies

By Keith Jones, 13 December 2013

The United States and Britain have suspended military aid to the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army—their proxy force in the war to overthrow the Assad government.

US drone strike in Yemen kills 15

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2013

The latest civilian deaths underscore the indiscriminate and illegal character of US drone strikes.

US media blacks out Seymour Hersh exposé of Washington’s lies on sarin attack in Syria

By Barry Grey, 11 December 2013

The response of the American media to Hersh’s authoritative exposure of US government criminality has been to bury it.

Seymour Hersh exposes US government lies on Syrian sarin attack

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2013

Hersh’s detailed account exposes as a calculated fraud the propaganda churned out by the administration and uncritically repeated by the media to provide a pretext for a military attack on Syria.