Syria

Blood on their hands: Libya’s boat refugees and “humanitarian” imperialism

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.”

Fighting rages in Iraqi provincial capital

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2015

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has launched a counteroffensive against Iraqi government positions in Ramadi, capital of Anbar Province.

Report documents carnage of US drone war in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 17 April 2015

A report released this week documents nine separate instances in which workers, merchants, pregnant women and children were either killed or wounded by American airstrikes.

Journalist Richard Engel’s 2012 kidnapping account was part of drive to war with Syria

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.

Yemen slaughter escalates as regional powers exchange threats

By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2015

US-backed and Saudi-led military forces bombarding Yemen “will soon take action on the ground,” a Saudi commander vowed this weekend.

ISIS takeover of Yarmouk marks new stage in Syrian conflict

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.

NDP opposes Canada’s role in Mideast war on tactical grounds

By Roger Jordan, 10 April 2015

The debate over Canada’s participation in the US-led war in the Middle East has once again demonstrated that the New Democrats are a pro-imperialist party.

Obama defends Iran nuclear pact as Pentagon prepares for war

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2015

The Pentagon tested a new “bunker-buster” bomb, the most destructive non-nuclear weapon it has, to ensure Washington is “able to provide military options for Iran.”

Mass killings, looting in Tikrit by US-backed Shiite militia

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2015

Amnesty International is investigating reports of widespread human rights violations by Shiite militiamen after the recapture of Tikrit from ISIS.

UK sends military trainers to Syria

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.

Dozens killed in airstrike on dairy factory in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2015

Armed and supported by US imperialism, the coalition of Middle Eastern dictatorships headed by Saudi Arabia is bombing targets throughout Yemen.

Dozens of refugees killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 31 March 2015

Now in its sixth day, the Saudi-led, US-backed assault claimed the lives of at least forty people at a refugee camp in northern Yemen on Monday.

Turkish government supports Saudi-led coalition’s attacks on Yemen

By Halil Celik, 31 March 2015

In supporting Saudi-led strikes in Yemen and taking a tougher line against Iran, Ankara is reconciling itself to the interests of US imperialism and Saudi Arabia.

Arab League agrees to formation of regional army as Yemen assault expands

By Niles Williamson, 30 March 2015

Amidst an escalating Saudi-led, US-backed air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Arab League announced plans to establish a regional military force.

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

By Niles Williamson, 28 March 2015

The United States is backing the Saudi-led assault in Yemen as part of a wider drive to dominate the Middle East, Eurasia and, ultimately, the entire world by means of military violence.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015

The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.

Washington halts drawdown of troops from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2015

Obama announced his reversal Tuesday of plans to withdraw some 5,000 more troops this year, under conditions of a further deterioration of the situation facing the US-backed regime in Afghanistan.

US intensifies pressure on Iran at nuclear talks

By Peter Symonds, 16 March 2015

US Secretary of State Kerry has made clear that the US will walk away from the negotiating table if Iran does not meet its demands.

America’s “dirty brigades” in Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 16 March 2015

The atrocities committed by American-backed units in Iraq, including beheadings and the desecration of corpses, expose the hypocritical claims that the war against ISIS is being waged in defense of human rights.

Australian pseudo-lefts defend Syriza’s austerity pact

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.

Lindsey Graham threatens troops to force Congress vote on military cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2015

The Republican senator’s proposal for ringing the Capitol with soldiers to force through a Pentagon budget says a great deal about the US political setup.

US bombs kill oil workers in Syria

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.

Amid US talks with Iran, France debates rapprochement with Syria’s Assad

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.

Washington stokes Middle East bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2015

The top US commander has said that US troops may invade Syria to fight alongside Islamist militias, even as they are waging war against similar forces across the border in Iraq.

US-trained Afghan security forces committing “systematic” torture and extra-legal killings

By Thomas Gaist, 4 March 2015

The puppet regime in Kabul, established by the US and NATO powers, presides over a web of criminalized security forces and politicized crime syndicates.

Obama administration bows to Israel on eve of speech by Netanyahu

By Bill Van Auken, 3 March 2015

The Israeli prime minister has organized a speech to the US Congress behind the back of the White House in a bid to scuttle a nuclear deal with Iran.

“Jihadi John,” imperialism and ISIS

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.

US-Iran negotiations inch toward a nuclear agreement

By Peter Symonds, 26 February 2015

The prospect of a deal has fuelled considerable tension between the US and its allies in the Middle East, particularly Israel.

US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2015

The escalation of a war declared less than two months ago to have reached “a responsible conclusion” is part of the global eruption of US militarism.

Turkish troops enter northern Syria

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.

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

By Joseph Kishore, 17 February 2015

The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers.

US threatens military intervention as UN warns of “disintegration” in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 14 February 2015

Comments from the top UN official and US politicians suggest that escalated military intervention in Yemen is imminent.

Obama administration seeks blank check for perpetual war

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.

US closes diplomatic facilities in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 12 February 2015

US Special Forces operations and drone strikes will continue despite the closure of the American embassy, according to statements from the Pentagon.

US presses for military action against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2015

The United States is ratcheting up pressure for military escalation in Ukraine, and thus risking a war with Russia.

Munich Security Conference: Threats and provocations against Russia over Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 9 February 2015

The 51st Munich Security Conference was dominated by the escalation of war threats against Russia by the imperialist powers.

Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2015

Sworn testimony and affidavits filed in federal court shed light on the role of the Saudi monarchy in the 9/11 attacks, long covered up by the US military/intelligence apparatus.

Imperialist hypocrisy over ISIS execution

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.

The beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2015

The execution of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto is a criminal act, which plays into the hands of Japan's ever-more aggressive militarist agenda. The Abe government immediately seized on the killing to justify its agenda of militarism and war.

Fate of ISIS’s Japanese and Jordanian captives uncertain

By Ben McGrath, 31 January 2015

The Jordanian, Japanese and US governments are all seeking to exploit the hostage crisis for militarist purposes.

Imperialist mourning for King Abdullah

By Patrick Martin, 26 January 2015

The close collaboration between Washington and the Saudi regime speaks volumes about the nature of American intervention in the Middle East.

ISIS kills Japanese hostage

By Ben McGrath, 26 January 2015

The apparent murder of one of the hostages held by ISIS, Haruna Yukawa, comes as Japan plans to expand its military presence in the Middle East.

Crisis talks in London over Islamic State

By Paul Mitchell, 23 January 2015

The UK/US-hosted summit in London discussed plans for stepping up military action in Iraq.

Syria strike caps Israel’s provocations in Middle East

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.

Canadian Special Forces engage in ground combat in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 21 January 2015

Canada’s military is playing an important role in planning Peshmerga attacks and in coordinating its operations with air strikes by the US and its war coalition allies.

Europe’s terror attacks: The blowback from Western intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris, like the alleged plot in Belgium, are the direct products of decades of imperialist intervention in the Middle East.

Racist provocation and the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2015

With the state-financed publication of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, the “war on terror” is ever more openly acquiring a racist character.

Yemen moving towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2015

Escalating protests and attacks are largely the outcome of the intervention of the American and Saudi governments

Australian special forces working with sectarian Shiite troops in Iraq

By Will Morrow, 12 January 2015

Australian troops are attached to Iraqi units that function as sectarian death squads, murdering suspected opponents of the US puppet regime.

US military admits civilian deaths in Mideast air war

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.

Australian prime minister visits Iraq to promote US-led war

By James Cogan, 6 January 2015

Abbott’s visit coincides with the Obama administration’s push to expand the size and operations of US forces.

US moves closer to direct combat with ISIS

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.

US drone strike against Somalia

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2014

The attempted assassination of a Somali Islamist militia leader is part of a global escalation of the Obama administration’s illegal drone killing program.

Reports reveal scale of destruction of Syria’s world historic heritage

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.

German government to send combat troops to Iraq

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.

Israeli bombing of Syria threatens wider war

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.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu calls March 2015 general election

By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2014

Netanyahu called the general election for March 17, appealing for the support of ultra-nationalist and religious parties.

Canada preparing to expand its role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 29 November 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is now trying to concoct a pseudo-legal justification for involving the country in air strikes against Syria.

Washington denounces Syrian air strikes on ISIS

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.

Neo-fascist National Front calls for rearming of French imperialism

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.

US troops sent to Iraq’s Anbar province

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.”

Obama calls for more Australian, allied troops for 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.

US steps up military operations in Iraq, Syria

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.

After elections, Washington plans escalation of Middle East war

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.

Washington moving towards wider war in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2014

The Pentagon has put out contracts for the support of fighting in the region through 2024.

Canada launches first air strikes in Iraq

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.

Last British combat troops leave Camp Bastion in Afghanistan

By Harvey Thompson, 3 November 2014

The withdrawal of hundreds of British soldiers was carried out in almost complete secrecy, amid serious security concerns.

Top US general calls for “advisers” in Iraq combat zone

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.

Turkey allows Kurdish reinforcements into Syrian town of Kobani

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.

After the US election, an escalation of the Mideast war

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

Syria, Iraq and the new war in the Middle East: Causes and Consequences

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.

Washington Post seizes on chemical weapons claims to press for wider war in Syria

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.

Obama administration considers sending more “advisers” to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2014

Preparations are being made to substantially escalate the US military presence and participation in ground combat operations.

US boosts support for Kurdish militia in Syria

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.

US boosts air war in Syria

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.

CIA warned arming Syrian “rebels” unlikely to succeed

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.

Australia’s pseudo-left organisation complicit in US war for regime change in Syria

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.

US-backed militias commit war crimes in Iraq

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.

Obama meets anti-ISIS “coalition” amid rising US-Turkish tensions

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.

Drumbeat grows for US troops in Middle East war

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

Australian imperialism and the Middle East war

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.”

Balkan states back US war in the Middle East

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.

Australian forces deployed in Iraq: Bipartisanship and the war drive

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.

US, Turkey at odds over Syria intervention

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.

Germany: Left Party bangs the drum for military action against the Islamic State

By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2014

Fourteen leading Left Party politicians have issued a statement titled "Save Kobani!"

Turkey’s role in ISIS conflict threatens to reignite civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2014

Ankara is determined that anti-ISIS operations do not strengthen Kurdish forces in either Syria or Turkey itself.

The Australian Greens and their phony anti-war posturing

By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014

The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.

Turkey demands US back war to topple Syria’s Assad

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.

The Mideast war and the US election

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.

ISIS gains provide further pretext for US ground troops in Iraq and Syria

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.

New Zealand government prepares to join US war in Middle East

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.

UK terror trial collapses because defendant briefed MI5

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.

Behind the war against ISIS

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.

Australia commits to combat operations in Middle East

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.

Canada to dramatically escalate its role in Mideast war

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

New steps to wider war in Middle East

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.

US war against the people of 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.

Pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party backs France’s “war on terror” agenda

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.