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.
By James Cogan, 26 August 2014
Whatever attacks are made on ISIS, it is not the only, or even the primary, target inside Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2014
The Obama administration is preparing a further explosion of imperialist aggression in both Iraq and Syria.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2014
The death toll among Palestinians is nearing 1,500, including more than 300 children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 4 July 2014
Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.
By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2014
The latest contingent of 300 troops arrived Sunday to provide security at the Baghdad airport.
By James Cogan, 1 July 2014
From the time the boys disappeared, Netanyahu and his government shamelessly exploited their fate.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2014
The claims by HRW serve to provide a fresh pretext for imperialist intervention against Syria.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2014
The US government will reportedly supply anti-aircraft missiles and launchers to the Syrian “rebels.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.