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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2015
The latest atrocity reportedly took place in the Arab village of Bir Mahali in Aleppo province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2015
The Saudi monarchy has continued bombing Yemeni cities even as the US seeks to calibrate the killing.
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 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.
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.
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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.