Syria

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.

US military to initiate operations in Syria

By James Cogan, 26 August 2014

Whatever attacks are made on ISIS, it is not the only, or even the primary, target inside Syria.

Imperialist war in search of a pretext

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2014

The Obama administration is preparing a further explosion of imperialist aggression in both Iraq and Syria.

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2014

The vicious execution of the American journalist has been seized upon as the pretext for launching new US wars of aggression in the Middle East.

Human Rights Watch: Egyptian regime guilty of crimes against humanity

By Nick Barrickman, 13 August 2014

In terms of sheer numbers, the killings of protesters on August 14, 2013 at Rab’a Square in Cairo exceed the death toll in the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Obama authorises a new air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2014

Once again, US imperialism is playing the humanitarian card—the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi minority—to justify its predatory aims.

Israel calls up more troops to join Gaza slaughter

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2014

The death toll among Palestinians is nearing 1,500, including more than 300 children.

US rearms Israel as its war crimes mount in Gaza

By Mike Head, 31 July 2014

The Pentagon’s announcement laid bare the hypocrisy of the Obama administration’s expressions of “concern” about Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians.

Oppose the Israeli invasion of Gaza

By Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 July 2014

The aim of the offensive is to carry out mass killings and inflict mass destruction, leaving Gaza a smoking ruin.

British government planned a 100,000-strong Syrian proxy force

By Steve James, 7 July 2014

BBC’s “Newsnight” has revealed 2012 plans for the creation of a huge “rebel” army to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Thousands demonstrate at funeral of slain Palestinian youth

By Barry Grey, 5 July 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would delay any major military escalation for 24 hours while cease-fire talks with Hamas continued.

Australia: Workers and youth oppose war in Iraq

By our reporters, 5 July 2014

Interviews in Melbourne illustrated the deep hostility to US imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, and Australia’s involvement.

US general suggests re-invasion of Iraq if “national interests drive us there”

By James Cogan, 4 July 2014

Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.

Obama sends more US troops to Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2014

The latest contingent of 300 troops arrived Sunday to provide security at the Baghdad airport.

Israel attacks Palestinian territories after bodies of missing youth discovered

By James Cogan, 1 July 2014

From the time the boys disappeared, Netanyahu and his government shamelessly exploited their fate.

US escalates intervention in Mideast crisis

By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2014

On Thursday, the White House asked Congress to authorize $500 million for direct US military training and equipment for Sunni insurgents fighting the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

In Baghdad, Kerry threatens US military action

By Patrick Martin, 24 June 2014

The US secretary of state said that President Obama could order military attacks on Sunni militants without waiting for a governmental shakeup in Iraq.

Egypt jails Al Jazeera journalists after show trial

By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2014

Egyptian courts sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to long prison sentences yesterday on trumped-up charges of conspiring with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Impact of war and persecution

More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide

By Patrick Martin, 21 June 2014

Nearly one-fifth of the world’s displaced people come from a single conflict, the civil war in Syria.

General cites official request from Iraqi government for US air strikes against Sunni insurgents

By James Cogan, 19 June 2014

The main factor in the success of the Sunni uprising has been the influx into Iraq of ISIS fighters who were financed and armed with Washington’s support to overthrow the government in Syria.

The crisis in Iraq and the response of the Turkish ruling class

By Halil Celik, 19 June 2014

The ISIS offensive in Iraq has revealed the corrupt and cynical character of the regional allies of American imperialism—first and foremost, the Turkish ruling class and its political representatives.

Obama orders nearly 300 US troops to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2014

The order to deploy US forces to Iraq for the first time since the US withdrawal in December 2011 comes amid growing signs of a full-fledged civil war.

Civil war escalates in Iraq amid reports of sectarian massacres

By James Cogan, 16 June 2014

The events of the past week have starkly exposed the ethnic and sectarian fracturing of Iraq that was fomented during the US occupation.

Iraq crisis threatens to ignite regional war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2014

President Obama said Thursday that he did not “rule out anything” in relation to the US military response to the offensive of the ISIS in Iraq.

The fall of Mosul and the crimes of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2014

The fall of Mosul to Al Qaeda-linked militias underscores the crimes of US imperialism in Iraq and throughout the region.

Amid diplomatic offensive against Syria, France presses for war

By Kumaran Ira, 15 May 2014

Paris said it wished the United States had started a war with Syria last year, while accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons.

US-aligned Human Rights Watch indicts Syria for gas attack

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2014

The claims by HRW serve to provide a fresh pretext for imperialist intervention against Syria.

Obama in talks with “rebel” leader on escalating Syrian war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2014

The leader of the Western-backed “rebels” has indicated that his main aim is procuring more surface-to-air missiles.

Tony Blair calls for stepped up intervention in Middle East

By Jordan Shilton, 30 April 2014

In his speech calling for greater Western intervention in the Middle East, Blair defended Egypt’s 2013 military coup as the “absolutely necessary rescue of a nation”.

Missile strikes in Yemen, weapons to Syria

US steps up Mideast military interventions

By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2014

US wars and US-instigated civil wars have killed millions in the Middle East over the past two decades.

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.