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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 February 2015
Comments from the top UN official and US politicians suggest that escalated military intervention in Yemen is imminent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 31 January 2015
The Jordanian, Japanese and US governments are all seeking to exploit the hostage crisis for militarist purposes.
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.
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.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 January 2015
The UK/US-hosted summit in London discussed plans for stepping up military action in Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2015
Escalating protests and attacks are largely the outcome of the intervention of the American and Saudi governments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2014
Netanyahu called the general election for March 17, appealing for the support of ultra-nationalist and religious parties.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By James Cogan, 11 November 2014
Planning is undoubtedly underway for bloody attacks to retake major Iraqi cities currently controlled by ISIS.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2014
The Pentagon has put out contracts for the support of fighting in the region through 2024.
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.
By Harvey Thompson, 3 November 2014
The withdrawal of hundreds of British soldiers was carried out in almost complete secrecy, amid serious security concerns.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2014
Preparations are being made to substantially escalate the US military presence and participation in ground combat operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 10 October 2014
Fourteen leading Left Party politicians have issued a statement titled "Save Kobani!"
By Jean Shaoul, 9 October 2014
Ankara is determined that anti-ISIS operations do not strengthen Kurdish forces in either Syria or Turkey itself.
By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014
The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.