Syria

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.

US ramps up war in Syria

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.

Le Monde promotes French government war propaganda on Iraq

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.”

Turkey lines up for military role in Syria–Part 1

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.

US plans massive military escalation in Syria and Iraq

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.

French government exploits Islamist murder of Hervé Gourdel to expand Iraq war

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.

Shia insurgency sets stage for expanded US military intervention in Yemen

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.

The escalating US war in Iraq and Syria

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.

Britain’s parliament votes for war in Iraq, and also Syria

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.

German government sends arms to Iraq and backs US air strikes 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.

The discovery of the “Khorasan Group” in Syria

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.

Britain prepares to join US-led war in Iraq and 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.

In wake of Obama speech, UN debate dominated by “terror,” war

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.

Australia: Questions over police killing of young Muslim “terrorist”

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.

Danish Socialist Workers Party supports imperialist war in the Middle East

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.

UN Security Council resolution on “foreign terrorist fighters” targets democratic rights

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.”

Deceit and delusion at the United Nations

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2014

What above all distinguished Obama's speech was the complete disconnect between its assertions and political reality.

South Korea backs Washington’s war in Syria and Iraq

By Ben McGrath, 25 September 2014

The government in Seoul has not ruled out providing military assistance to the US in the Middle East.

US air strikes in Syria, just the beginning

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.

The bombing of Syria and unending US war

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.

Video: Detroit residents speak out against war

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.

US launches air strikes inside Syria

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.

Obama marshals allies for war on Syria and Iraq

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.

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.