Syria

In wake of bloody factory bombing

Saudi Arabia and UAE prepare for major US-backed ground offensive in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 1 September 2015

Five months of airstrikes, facilitated by US military intelligence and logistical support, have been supplemented by a growing ground invasion by Saudi and UAE military forces.

Mass protests against failing infrastructure shake Lebanon

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.

The atrocities of ISIS and the US wars of sociocide

By Bill Van Auken, 26 August 2015

ISIS and the current bloodshed across Syria and Iraq are the direct products of acts of sociocide on the part of US imperialism.

Australia called on to join illegal US military operations in Syria

By James Cogan, 22 August 2015

Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.

Yemen faces humanitarian crisis as US-backed assault continues

By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2015

Reports released this week document the devastating impact of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen, which has killed hundreds of children and limited access to food, water and medicine.

Scores of refugees die brutally in the Mediterranean

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.

Pentagon to expand drone killing program

By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2015

The Pentagon plans to increase the number of drone flights around the globe to 90 per day, significantly expanding its aerial killing and surveillance capabilities.

New York Times uses rape allegations to promote a wider war in the Middle East

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.

Major powers intensify diplomatic maneuvering over fate of Assad regime

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.

Turkish government steps up repression of political opponents

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 12 August 2015

Police have violently broken up peaceful antiwar demonstrations, and the government has blocked more than 90 news websites.

Abadi announces reforms aimed at “decentralization” of Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 11 August 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi’s political reforms are based on a strategy worked out in coordination with the Obama administration during the opening months of 2015.

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015

The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

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.

Over 450 civilians killed by US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria

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.

Obama authorizes escalation of US war against Syria

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.

Washington stunned by attack on US mercenaries in Syria

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.

Turkey put on a war footing

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.

US, Turkey prepare to escalate Syrian intervention

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.

NATO backs Turkish/US regime-change offensive in 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.

UK Conservatives plan war and domestic repression

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.

Turkey joins US war in Syria

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.

Atrocity sparks calls for Turkish intervention in Syria

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.

The Iran nuclear pact and US imperialism’s drive for global hegemony

By Keith Jones, 21 July 2015

Obama’s “engagement” with Iran is a strategic bet that through a combination of pressure and inducements US imperialism will be able to harness Tehran to its predatory agenda.

UN Security Council approves pact on Iranian nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 21 July 2015

Despite the UN vote, the nuclear pact still faces concerted opposition in the US Congress and political establishment.

Conservative government concealed UK participation in Syria air strikes

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.

UN report: Syria faces worst refugee crisis in recent history

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.

Obama at the Pentagon: No end to ISIS war

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.

Egyptian air force bombs Sinai after heavy clashes with ISIS affiliate

By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2015

The strikes left at least 23 dead, one day after heavy fighting in the peninsula between government troops and Islamist forces killed some 120 people.

Turkey, Jordan discuss moves to seize territory in Syria

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.

Australian pseudo-lefts hail advance of US-backed Islamists in Syria

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.

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 24 June 2015

The UN commission recognised that the death and destruction carried out by Israel last year followed the atrocities of previous wars on Gaza and Lebanon.

The US contemplates partitioning Iraq

By James Cogan, 22 June 2015

The Obama administration has signalled that it is indifferent to Iraq’s sovereignty and even its existence.

As cease-fire talks in Geneva collapse

Renewed Saudi-led bombardment kills, wounds dozens of Yemeni civilians

By Thomas Gaist, 22 June 2015

Saudi and Gulf forces pounded targets across Yemen over the weekend after negotiations between Saudi and Houthi leaders ended without any deal on Friday.

Poll finds mass opposition in Europe to war drive vs. Russia over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2015

The US and NATO are pressing a confrontation with Russia that threatens to provoke a war in the face of broad opposition within the European population.

Washington’s death squads

By Bill Van Auken, 9 June 2015

Whatever the newspaper’s intentions, the New York Times article on Seal Team 6 exposes a US government that is ever more dependent on the operations of death squads.

US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The Saudi-led air strikes have devastated Yemeni cities, and the blockade of Yemen’s ports has prevented the arrival of emergency relief supplies and basic goods.

The US arming of ISIS

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.

With US air war in 10th month, ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria

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.

Behind the recriminations over the fall of Ramadi

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.

The New York Times calls for blood in Iraq-Syria war

By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2015

In a lengthy front-page analysis, the newspaper criticizes the Obama administration for allegedly holding back the air campaign against ISIS for fear of killing civilians.

Turkey says US agrees to provide air cover for anti-Assad “rebels” in Syria

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.

Pentagon chief hints at shift in US policy in war with ISIS

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.”

Massive military escalation looms as ISIS advances in Iraq

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.

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2015

The threat of both a sectarian bloodbath and region-wide war is the byproduct of Washington’s predatory interventions in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabian monarchy calls for more executioners

By Niles Williamson, 20 May 2015

The US-backed kingdom is in desperate need of swordsmen as it is on pace to more than double the number of beheadings carried out last year.

US special forces stage raid into Syria

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.

Yemen war rages on through first day of humanitarian “cease-fire”

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2015

From the beginning, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has been backed by the United States, which is determined to retain control over the geostrategically critical country.

Soldiers reveal Israeli war crimes in 2014 Gaza assault

By Jean Shaoul, 14 May 2015

A recent report alleges that the Israel Defence Force reduced whole neighbourhoods to rubble for no clear operational reason, just to “demonstrate presence in the area.”

The bin Laden assassination and the lies of the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2015

The latest exposure by Seymour Hersh dismantles the official story of the assassination of Osama bin Laden, exposing systematic lying by the US government and the media.

US begins training new “rebel” army for operations in Syria

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.

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2015

The visit by Kerry underscored Washington’s reliance on the most tyrannical and blood-soaked regimes to pursue its predatory interests in the region.

Record number of internally displaced people globally in 2014

By Niles Williamson, 7 May 2015

A record 38 million people were displaced within the borders of their own country by ongoing conflicts through the end of 2014.

US-Jordan war games prepare wider Mideast conflict

By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2015

Ten thousand troops are participating in the US-led “Eager Lion” war games in Jordan, in preparation for stepped up intervention in Syria, Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

US warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2015

The latest atrocity reportedly took place in the Arab village of Bir Mahali in Aleppo province.

France to spend billions on military rearmament program

By Kumaran Ira, 4 May 2015

France plans to boost defense spending amid spreading wars and rising geopolitical tension between major powers in Europe and internationally.

US sends warships to Strait of Hormuz, claiming Iran threat

By Thomas Gaist, 2 May 2015

The US Central Command justified sending naval forces to patrol the strategic waterway as a response to Iran’s seizure of a cargo ship earlier this week.

US-Iran tensions over seizure of cargo vessel

By Thomas Gaist, 29 April 2015

The incident comes against the backdrop of a redoubling of the US-backed aerial bombardment of Iranian-allied militias in Yemen.

US-Al Qaeda offensive against Syrian regime

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.

Civilian casualties mount as Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 25 April 2015

Behind the backs of the American population, the Obama administration has given its full support to the bloody and illegal war being waged against the Houthis.

Saudi warplanes pound Yemen despite talk of ending aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2015

The Saudi monarchy has continued bombing Yemeni cities even as the US seeks to calibrate the killing.

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.

Political crisis in Pakistan as Saudi Arabia demands it join war against Yemen

By Sampath Perera, 6 April 2015

Islamabad fears its participation in the US-backed war will intensify conflicts with its neighbor Iran while fueling sectarian tensions within the country.

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.