Syria

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.

US in secret talks with Hezbollah

By Keith Jones, 30 November 2013

The revelation of the US-Hezbollah talks comes just days after the US and its allies reached an interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

Claiming nuclear deal “victory,” Tehran signals readiness to ally with US

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2013

After reaching an interim nuclear deal last week, Iran is preparing to make far-reaching concessions to US oil and foreign policy interests.

Interim agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2013

Over the next six months, the US and its European allies will undoubtedly intensify the pressure on Iran for further major concessions.

Pact provides for permanent US occupation of Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2013

The draft agreement between Washington and its puppet regime in Kabul calls for as many as 15,000 US and NATO troops as well as nine permanent bases.

New York Times mourns death of Al Qaeda-linked Syrian opposition fighter

By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2013

On Monday, the New York Times carried an article on the death of Abdulkader al-Saleh, the leader of the Tawhid (“Monotheism”) opposition militia in Syria.

Geneva talks on Iran resume while war threat remains

By Peter Symonds, 21 November 2013

The international negotiations are bound up with economic and geo-political considerations that go far beyond Iran’s nuclear programs.

Terrorist attack at Iranian embassy in Lebanon kills 23, wounds 140

By Keith Jones, 20 November 2013

The bombing, coming the day before the resumption of talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva, aimed to ratchet up tensions throughout the Middle East.

Warning of war, Obama administration presses for talks with Iran

By Keith Jones, 16 November 2013

The Obama administration is pressing the US Congress and its allies not to scuttle negotiations aiming to extract deep concessions from the Iranian regime.

North Carolina man charged with seeking to join US-backed Syrian opposition

By Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2013

The accused faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for allegedly seeking to join an Al Qaeda-linked organization in Syria backed by the CIA and heavily funded by US allies.

International talks stall on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 11 November 2013

The tensions within the P5+1 grouping underline the fact that all the major powers have significant economic and strategic interests at stake.

Geneva talks on Iran’s nuclear programs extended

By Peter Symonds, 9 November 2013

Even an interim deal in Geneva faces considerable opposition among American allies in the Middle East and in the US Congress.

Officials signal possible deal in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program

By Alex Lantier, 8 November 2013

US President Barack Obama told NBC News yesterday evening that there is “the possibility of a phased agreement” with Iran in ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.

In run-up to nuclear talks

Iranians protest en masse against US aggression

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2013

The officially-sanctioned demonstration became a show of strength by sections of the Iranian elite wary of the new government’s attempted rapprochement with the US.

Greek parliament ends state funding for Golden Dawn

By Katerina Selin, 6 November 2013

The pseudo-left SYRIZA is providing political cover for major financiers who fund the fascist Golden Dawn party.

Kerry begins Middle East tour with visit to back Egyptian military junta

By Alex Lantier, 4 November 2013

The Secretary of State stressed his support for the bloody Egyptian junta amid growing criticism of Washington’s Middle East policy by right-wing US allies across the region.

Plans for Geneva II talks on Syria in disarray

By Chris Marsden, 4 November 2013

The most dramatic expression of regional powers’ anger with the US policy shift on war with Syria was Israel’s October 30 air strike on Syrian targets near Latakia.

Geneva talks to restart on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2013

The Obama administration has signalled that there will be no significant reduction in the economic sanctions imposed on Iran.

Israeli warplanes strike targets inside Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2013

The strikes targeted military installations near Latakia and Damascus in an apparent attempt to destroy anti-aircraft missile systems.

US vows to enforce punitive sanctions until Iran brought to heel

By Keith Jones, 31 October 2013

The Obama administration has served notice that it intends to extract concession after concession from Tehran over its nuclear program.

Saudi officials vent anger over US failure to attack Syria

By Peter Symonds, 25 October 2013

Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan warned of a major shift away from his country’s longstanding alliance with the US.

Protests grow as Western powers, rival militias loot Libyan oil industry

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 24 October 2013

The predatory character of NATO’s 2011 war emerges most clearly in the looting of the heart of Libya’s economy: its massive oil industry.

Asylum seekers set up camps in German cities

Berlin: “Refugees continue to die due to the NATO war in Libya”

By Sven Heymanns and Stefan Steinberg, 18 October 2013

Politicians of all stripes are viciously persecuting survivors who have managed to cross the borders of “Fortress Europe”.

Iran offers “new beginning” in hope of some respite from punitive US-led sanctions

By Keith Jones, 16 October 2013

Under a US threat to impose still harsher economic sanctions against Iran, representatives of Iran and the P-6—the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany—yesterday began two days of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

Middle East wars drive refugee flows, Mediterranean migrant deaths

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2013

Many refugees who have died off the Italian island of Lampedusa are fleeing imperialist wars in countries like Libya, Syria and Somalia.

UK Ministry of Defence seeks to counter growing opposition to war

By Harvey Thompson, 14 October 2013

A document obtained from a Ministry of Defence think tank discusses various means of moulding public opinion to accept further and bloodier military conflicts.

Australian meetings discuss US war drive in Middle East

By our correspondents, 14 October 2013

The SEP and IYSSE meetings in Sydney and Melbourne reviewed the underlying driving forces behind the eruption of American militarism.

Report finds US-backed Syrian opposition responsible for sectarian atrocity

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2013

In an offensive near Lattakia in early August, US-backed Syrian opposition forces slaughtered hundreds of civilians in a sectarian-based massacre.

US and Iran at loggerheads over Syria conference

By Keith Jones, 11 October 2013

Iran has rejected US preconditions for its participation in international talks on a “political solution” to the war in Syria—the so-called Geneva Two conference.

Socialist Equality Party Public Meetings

UK workers and young people discuss Syria and the threat of war

By our reporters, 10 October 2013

The overwhelming majority of a mainly young audience were scathing of the humanitarian pretext being used for war.

Mass anger builds in Libya after US Special Forces raid

By Thomas Gaist, 9 October 2013

Faced with ruinous social conditions after the 2011 NATO war and further US military interventions, anger is building in the Libyan population.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei issues caution on moves for US-Iran talks

By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013

Trying to ontain the divisions within Iran’s ruling elite, Khamenei issued a caution concerning an Iranian rapprochement with the US.

SEP rallies in Sydney and Melbourne oppose US war drive against Syria

By our reporters, 7 October 2013

The SEP and IYSSE organised rallies in Sydney and Melbourne as part of the fight to mobilise the working class internationally against the war plans of the US and its allies.

Youth and workers denounce Syrian war plans

By our correspondents, 7 October 2013

Workers and young people discuss their response to the SEP/IYSSE rallies in Sydney and Melbourne against the US drive to war in Syria.

Syrian “rebel” factions battle each other on Turkish border

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2013

The local population, unwilling bystanders to the armed conflict between Al Qaeda fanatics and vicious criminals, only want them all to go away and leave them alone.

Fearing war and social unrest, Iran’s bourgeois regime seeks rapprochement with Washington

By Keith Jones, 4 October 2013

Iran’s political establishment and press are presenting the trip the country’s new president made to New York and the United Nations General Assembly last week as a diplomatic triumph.

Reputed head of Iran’s cyberwar program assassinated

By Keith Jones, 4 October 2013

Several Western news sources are reporting that the head of Iran’s cyberwar program was killed in an assassination.

Inspectors arrive amid revelations of Syrian opposition atrocities

By Chris Marsden, 3 October 2013

The Guardian has reported details of a massacre and atrocities carried out in August by US-and British-backed Syrian opposition forces.

US and Iranian presidents talk by telephone

By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2013

International talks over Iran’s nuclear program restart, but sanctions and the threat of war remain.

UN Security Council backs US-Russia deal on Syrian chemical disarmament

By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2013

While US officials tried to present the UN resolution as a triumph for their diplomatic agenda, the risk of a broad regional war remains.

US, Iran meet in nuclear talks

By Bill Van Auken, 27 September 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met Thursday in the highest-level talks between the two countries since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Obama’s UN speech and the crisis in US policy

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2013

Combining a doctrine of aggressive war with proposals for negotiations with Iran and Syria, Obama’s speech underscored his administration’s crisis in the face of popular opposition to military intervention.

US-backed Syrian opposition forces reject political leaders, align with Al Qaeda

By Alex Lantier, 26 September 2013

Free Syrian Army forces have issued a joint statement with Al Qaeda-linked groups rejecting the political leadership of the Syrian National Coalition.

Iranian president appeals at UN for deal with Washington

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2013

The Iranian regime is desperate to end the punitive sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy and threaten to trigger social unrest.

Obama at the UN: A defense of unilateral aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2013

Obama upheld the status of the US as an “exceptional” nation, insisting on its right to militarily intervene in the Middle East as it sees fit

Israel’s Netanyahu rails against US-Iran talks, but others see opportunities

By Jean Shaoul, 25 September 2013

The Israeli government has claimed for months that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons, attempting to help provide Washington with a casus belli.

European workers’ conference against war, dictatorship and social cuts in Berlin

By our correspondents, 25 September 2013

The PSG concluded its election campaign with a European workers’ conference on September 21.

US and Iran set to meet at UN

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2013

The US and Iran are scheduled to hold their first high level discussions since before the 1979 revolution that overthrew the US-backed dictatorship of the Shah.

Opposition leader arrested as social tensions rise in Bahrain

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 24 September 2013

Khalil al-Marzouq, Assistant Secretary General of the Shia opposition association al-Wefaq, was taken into custody on September 17.

US presses for UN resolution to justify war on Syria

By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2013

Russian foreign minister Lavrov accused Washington of blackmailing Moscow, by threatening to pull out of the US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons.

US threatens war while considering talks with Syria, Iran

By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2013

US officials are preparing a possible meeting between Iranian President Rouhani and President Obama at the UN General Assembly next week.

Iranian president calls for dialogue with the US

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2013

Obama will exploit any talks with Tehran to obtain concessions, while maintaining economic sanctions and the threat of a US military attack.

The German Left Party’s pursuit of war in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2013

The Syrian opposition groups supported by the Left Party are the loudest advocates of US military intervention to topple the Assad regime.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation warns against US-led war on Syria

By John Chan, 19 September 2013

The Russian- and Chinese-led summit reflects mounting geo-political tensions with the US, first and foremost over Syria and Iran.

Australia: Once again on Socialist Alternative’s pro-imperialist politics

By Patrick O’Connor, 19 September 2013

Socialist Alternative is trying to avoid being too closely associated with another criminal US war in the Middle East, while maintaining its unqualified support for Washington’s proxy forces inside Syria.

Russia challenges UN report on Syrian gas attack

By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2013

The Russian foreign minister said he would table evidence in the UN Security Council showing that anti-Assad militias carried out the chemical weapons attack.

US imperialism and the proxy war in Syria

By David North, 19 September 2013

The following lecture was delivered September 17, 2013 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor by David North, chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US).

Germany: Die Zeit editor advocates massive war in the Middle East

By Peter Schwarz, 19 September 2013

Under the headline, “A human rights war is also war,” Joffe outlines a scenario tantamount to a violent military conquest and decades of colonial subjugation of the entire region.

Russia-France talks on Syria end in clash over chemical warfare claims

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2013

In talks yesterday in Moscow, the Kremlin refused to accept French claims designed to provide ammunition for a US-led war of aggression against Syria.

New York Times on Syria: All the propaganda fit to print

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2013

The lying and cynical coverage by the New York Times of the issue of chemical weapons in Syria underscores the extraordinary integration of the media into the operations of the state.

US students, workers speak on war threat against Syria

By Adam Soroka and Kate Randall, 18 September 2013

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to students and workers in Maryland and Massachusetts about the threat of war against Syria.

IYSSE meetings in Australia and New Zealand: Oppose war against Syria!

18 September 2013

The Australian government has, along with the corporate-controlled media, given unconditional backing to Washington’s militarist agenda in the Middle East.

US, UK and France stress threat of force against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2013

The US and its two key allies Monday stressed the threat of force against Syria if Damascus fails to adhere strictly to the demands contained in a chemical weapons agreement.

Obama renews military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2013

As in the case of Syria’s chemical weapons, Iran’s nuclear programs are simply the pretext for the US to press for regime change in Tehran.

Released Italian journalist recounts crimes of US-backed Syrian opposition

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2013

Domenico Quirico, a journalist for Italy’s La Stampa newspaper who was held 152 days by US-backed Syrian opposition forces, recounted his captivity in an editorial this weekend in La Stampa and in the British Guardian. Though he initially supported opposition forces, Quirico now confirms widespread reports of the criminal character of the opposition.

Socialist Equality Party holds anti-war rally in Berlin

By our correspondents, 17 September 2013

The German government has been involved in the preparations for war against Syria from the beginning.

Syria chemical weapons deal—US war postponed, not canceled

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2013

The deal reached between the US and Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons has not put an end to the US war drive in the Middle East, but only sets the stage for a more violent eruption of American militarism.

Israel attacks Russian plan for Syria’s chemical weapons

By Jean Shaoul, 16 September 2013

To provide Washington with a casus belli, Israel has for months claimed that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons.

New Zealand government signals support for US attack on Syria

By Tom Peters, 16 September 2013

Prime Minister Key has already indicated that New Zealand would give “moral support” for US strikes on Syria.