Syria

Top US general warns Syrian “no-fly” zone means war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2016

Marine General Joseph Dunford’s warning came amid plans for escalating the US intervention in the region and intensified fighting in Syria.

German foreign minister calls for no-fly zone over Syria

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2016

A no-fly zone enforced by the US, Germany or other NATO powers would not be a peace initiative, but rather the prelude to a vast escalation of the Western-incited war for regime change in Syria.

US pushes for “no fly” zone as Syrian conflict escalates

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2016

Washington is exploiting the attack on a UN aid convoy in a bid to strengthen the position of US-backed Islamist militias.

Australian aircraft involved in provocative US-led airstrike in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2016

Canberra is so enmeshed in Washington’s proxy war in the Middle East that it could find itself on the frontline of a conflict with Russia.

US intensifies campaign against Russia following attack on aid convoy in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 September 2016

The same Western media that proclaimed the US airstrike on the Syrian army an “accident” have rushed to pin the blame on Russia and Syria for attacking an aid convoy.

UK parliamentary report criticises Libya war but conceals its geo-strategic aims

By Jean Shaoul, 21 September 2016

The Foreign Affairs Committee describes Libya’s political and economic collapse and the growth of the Islamic State group in North Africa.

International Socialist Organization backs NATO escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier and David North, 21 September 2016

The close links between CIA war propaganda and the ISO’s writings supporting war in Syria are virtually self-evident.

New York Times peddles alibi for US bombing in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2016

Acting as a propaganda outlet of the US government, the Times parrots Washington’s claims that the air strikes that killed scores of Syrian troops were merely an unfortunate accident.

62 dead, 100 wounded as US bombs Syrian army near Deir ez-Zor

By Alex Lantier, 19 September 2016

The bombing threatens to escalate the Syrian conflict into all-out war pitting the US-led NATO alliance against Russia and Syria.

US special forces flee “moderate” rebels in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2016

The threat by the so-called rebels to slaughter American special operations troops exposed the immense contradictions underlying US imperialism’s war for regime change in Syria.

UK reneges on its promise to take in Syrian refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 17 September 2016

One year after former Prime Minister David Cameron promised to settle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, only 2,800 have arrived in Britain.

Pentagon openly challenges US-Russia ceasefire deal in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 15 September 2016

The statements opposing the cease fire by the top military brass are an unmistakable sign of the real and growing danger of a US war against Russia.

German weekly Die Zeit defends Al Qaeda

By Peter Schwarz, 13 September 2016

Die Zeit is angry that the Russian-American accord on Syria instructs the “moderate rebels” to distance themselves from Al Qaeda.

Fighting rages on in Syria in wake of US-Russia brokered agreement

By Jordan Shilton, 12 September 2016

Washington has acceded to the agreement to give some respite to its proxy forces around Aleppo, where government troops have made substantial gains over recent weeks.

Few Syrian refugees yet to arrive in Australia

By Max Newman, 10 September 2016

Less than 2,000 Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers have been allowed entry since the government’s promise to protect 12,000 people nearly a year ago.

Tensions between Washington and Moscow rise as Russia intercepts US spy planes over Black Sea

By Jordan Shilton, 9 September 2016

Whatever the precise cause of the incident, primary responsibility for the exacerbation of tensions lies with US imperialism and its NATO allies.

German army steps up military intervention in Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2016

According to media reports, the German army will massively expand its presence at the Incirlik air base in southeastern Turkey.

Canada’s pseudo-left Socialist Project propagandizes for US imperialism in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 9 September 2016

Socialist Project is promoting an article by a former US State Department official that advocates a Kurdish state in northern Iraq because it would advance “America’s national interest.”

Turkey prepares joint action with US in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 8 September 2016

A joint US-Turkey incursion raises again the possibility of a direct conflict with the Russian-backed Syrian government, as the civil war in Syria threatens to spiral out of control.

Mounting evidence of British “boots on the ground” in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 8 September 2016

The secret deployment of the SAS is of a piece with the government’s campaign of lies, deceit and disinformation throughout the five-year-long civil war.

Syrian war threatens to escalate as Obama-Putin talks fail

By Jordan Shilton, 7 September 2016

The calls for humanitarian aid and safe zones are transparent pretexts to legitimise a vast intensification of the imperialist intervention in Syria.

Spurning Washington’s appeals, Turkey vows to expand assault on US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

By Barry Grey, 1 September 2016

The contradictions of US policy are underscored by the fact that US Special Operations forces are embedded within the Kurdish YPG and could come under attack from CIA-backed Sunni militia.

An interview with Roy Scranton, author of War Porn

By Eric London, 1 September 2016

Novelist Roy Scranton spoke with the WSWS about his debut novel, War Porn, and the role of art in opposing war.

US pressures Turkey to curb attacks on Syrian Kurds

By Patrick Martin, 30 August 2016

The Obama administration is allied with both sides in the mounting conflict provoked by Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria.

Turkish air strikes kill civilians in US-backed invasion of Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 29 August 2016

The incursion of NATO member states into northern Syria heightens the potential for a direct clash between Russia and the US which could quickly spiral out of control.

“Godfather” Biden visits Turkey

By Andre Damon, 27 August 2016

One month after the failed coup, the vice president met with Erdogan.

Turkey expands invasion of Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2016

Washington’s support for the Turkish invasion is aimed at creating the conditions for a broader intervention to topple the Assad regime.

Biden meets with Erdogan, backs Turkish invasion of Syria

By Halil Celik, 25 August 2016

The US vice president declared Washington’s support for the escalation, while Russian officials said they were following the invasion with concern.

New flashpoint in escalating war: Turkey shells ISIS and Kurdish forces in Syria

By Barry Grey, 24 August 2016

Turkey and the US are increasingly working at cross purposes in Syria, further frustrating Washington’s central aim of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Suicide bombing kills 51 at wedding in Turkey

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2016

The atrocity is the bloody outcome of years of incitement of Islamist terror and ethnic warfare in Syria by Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe.

American jets scramble against Syrian aircraft bombing Kurdish rebels

By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2016

As US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria clash with pro-regime forces backed by Russia, Iran and China, the Middle East war threatens to escalate into all-out global conflict.

UK media denounces Corbyn’s refusal to support war with Russia

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2016

Corbyn’s comments occasioned a slew of articles and commentary declaring that he could not be trusted with the reins of power if he were not ready for all-out war.

“Human rights” propaganda campaign paves way for military escalation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2016

The saturation of the airwaves and the press with images of a five-year-old child in Aleppo should be taken as a warning that Washington is preparing public opinion for a major military escalation.

German report criticizing Turkey highlights growing tensions within NATO

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

Relations within NATO have reached new lows, four weeks after the failed military coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth condemns US-backed war in Yemen

19 August 2016

This statement was given in response to the ongoing assault on Yemen by Saudi Arabia, including the destruction of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital this week.

Growing disquiet in Washington over Russian-Iranian actions in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2016

The use by Russian bombers of Iranian bases to attack targets in Syria has provoked official US protests and warnings that Washington’s policy is creating a strategic crisis.

The New York Times whitewashes US imperialism in Middle East and contemplates ethnic cleansing

By Eric London, 17 August 2016

A essay published by the Times on Sunday concludes that the collapse of nationalist governments in the Middle East proves the necessity for a sectarian division of the region.

Saudi coalition airstrike on hospital in Yemen kills at least 11

By Peter Symonds, 16 August 2016

Yesterday’s attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital is part of a deliberate campaign to terrorise the Houthi population.

British Special Forces operating inside Syria

By Harvey Thompson, 16 August 2016

The BBC report revealing their presence tried to portray the role of the Special Forces as a withdrawn, reserved force.

US military prepares new offensives in Syria and Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 12 August 2016

The US is planning major simultaneous operations to seize Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria that could unfold in the final weeks of the presidential election campaign.

The battle for Aleppo and the hypocrisy of US war propaganda

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2016

Fifteen years after launching a “global war on terror” in the name of wiping out Al Qaeda, Washington is arming and funding its associates in Syria to counter Russia.

Washington escalates covert backing for Al Qaeda militias in Aleppo

By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2016

The CIA has aggressively funneled weaponry to Al Qaeda militias in Aleppo, enabling the US proxy forces to temporarily break the Syrian government’s encirclement of the city.

British government to escalate its Middle East intervention

By Paul Mitchell, 5 August 2016

The ramping up of the British military intervention is part of US plans to recapture Mosul from Islamic State control.

What is behind the campaign against Erdogan?

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016

German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.

British RAF carry out airstrikes in Mosul, Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 4 August 2016

The bombings mark a further escalation of Britain’s participation in imperialist military operations in the Middle East.

Stop the war drive in Syria and Libya! Workers of the world unite against war!

By Jerry White, 4 August 2016

Behind the backs of the American people, President Obama has ordered US military jets to bomb Libya even as the White House ratchets up its military intervention in Syria.

More airstrikes in new US war in Libya

By Peter Symonds, 3 August 2016

While nominally directed against ISIS, the fresh eruption of American militarism is more broadly aimed at stamping US dominance throughout the region.

New chemical weapons claims pose threat of US escalation of Syrian war

By Tom Eley, 3 August 2016

Chemical weapons allegations against the Syrian government should be taken as a warning that the US is prepared to escalate its confrontation with Russia over Syria.

From WikiLeaks’ Clinton Email Archive

The New York Times’ chief military correspondent met secretly with State Department in 2010 to bury Iraq War Logs

By E.P. Bannon, 3 August 2016

The revelation of the correspondence again makes clear the degree to which the American “fourth estate” is completely integrated into the capitalist state.

Russian helicopter shot down in Syria as battle rages over Aleppo

By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2016

Cut off from their supply lines to Turkey, US-backed Islamist militias are mounting a desperate offensive to break through the encirclement of their forces in Aleppo.

After Democrats’ celebration of militarism, US warplanes bomb Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 2 August 2016

The bombing of the Libyan coastal city of Sirte was ordered amid an explosive escalation of American militarism.

US warplanes kill at least 28 more civilians in northern Syria

By Barry Grey, 30 July 2016

The latest mass killing occurred in the same region where, nine days before, the US military bombed a group of houses, killing as many as 200 civilians.

Pentagon accuses Russia of targeting US-British Special Forces base in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2016

US-Russian tensions are surging in Syria, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to delay a further escalation of the war until after the 2016 US elections.

Massive police operation follows deadly attack on Munich shopping centre

By our reporters, 23 July 2016

German security forces conducted a huge anti-terror operation in the city of Munich, where, according to the latest reports, 10 people were shot dead and at least 21 injured.

US air raids kill more than 200 civilians in northern Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2016

The slaughter in northern Syria gives a foretaste of the bloody offensives being prepared by Washington and its NATO allies against Raqqa and Mosul.

The Turkish coup, US militarism and the collapse of democracy

By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2016

The tumultuous events in Turkey have exposed the interconnection between the worldwide eruption of US militarism and the global breakdown of democratic forms of rule.

Obama’s “moderate rebels” behead 12-year-old in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 July 2016

The atrocity was carried out by an armed Islamist militia whose members received both weapons and salaries from the CIA.

Washington and Brussels step up pressure on Turkey

By Halil Celik, 20 July 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly threatened Turkey with the loss of its NATO membership as Ankara carried out mass arrests following the July 15 coup attempt.

American war planes slaughter civilians in northern Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 20 July 2016

US airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in Aleppo province Monday, adding to the hundreds of thousands of civilian dead produced by Washington’s regime change operation.

Our man in Ankara: US ambassador denies US role in Turkish coup

By Bill Van Auken, 20 July 2016

Ambassador Bass, a former advisor to Dick Cheney, issued a “categorical” denial that Washington had any involvement in the Turkish military’s abortive uprising of July 15.

The Turkish coup: A warning to the international working class

By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2016

The attempted seizure of power by the military in Turkey, a key NATO member and sixth largest economy in Europe, is indicative of far broader dangers across the globe.

Failed military coup in Turkey

By James Cogan, 16 July 2016

The political upheaval in Turkey is testimony to the generalised breakdown taking place internationally in the political institutions and mechanisms of bourgeois rule.

In bid to save proxy forces in Syria, US discusses pact with Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 16 July 2016

The Obama administration has suggested a military cooperation pact with Russia aimed at salvaging the remnants of the Islamist forces it has backed against the Assad regime.

US Defense Secretary Carter announces 560 more US troops to Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 July 2016

The deployments will support a joint US-Iraqi offensive against the urban center of Mosul, which is projected to last for months and turn hundreds of thousands more Iraqis into refugees.

The Chilcot verdict on Iraq: A war crime by British and US imperialism

By Julie Hyland, 7 July 2016

The Chilcot report provides conclusive proof that those responsible for the war have the blood of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, on their hands.

Behind US proposal for military cooperation with Russia

Washington plans escalation of war for regime-change in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 5 July 2016

Both the Democratic and Republican presumptive presidential candidates have declared their support for intensified bombing and the imposition of a no-fly zone directed against the Syrian regime and its Russian backers.

Terror attacks shake US-backed Baghdad regime

By Thomas Gaist, 4 July 2016

At least 125 Iraqis were killed by a massive car bomb explosion in Baghdad Saturday, underscoring the crisis of the US-backed Iraq state

Death toll in Istanbul airport attack rises to 41

By Alex Lantier, 30 June 2016

The massacre is the tragic yet predictable outcome of the NATO powers' backing of Al Qaeda-linked forces in their war for regime-change in Syria.

New Zealand extends military deployment in Iraq

By Tom Peters, 27 June 2016

Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, New Zealand soldiers are assisting the predatory US war to dominate the Middle East.

State Department Syria memo: Setting the stage for war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2016

The frustration expressed by the 51 State Department signatories is with the failure not just of Obama’s Syria policy, but of US imperialism’s entire Middle East strategy.

Reports of sectarian massacres as Fallujah falls to Iraqi government

By James Cogan, 20 June 2016

The Iraqi forces are being accompanied by US, British and Australian military “advisors.”

State Department “dissent” memo backs escalation of regime-change war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2016

The memo has ratcheted up tensions with Moscow while providing a glimpse of what may prove to be the policy of the next US administration.

US Navy to continue Black Sea incursions, brushing aside Russian demands

By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2016

Rather than countering “Russian aggression,” the breakneck militarization of the Black Sea is rooted in the drive by the US and European powers to control the Eurasian landmass.

Obama green-lights escalation of Afghanistan war

By Thomas Gaist, 11 June 2016

The White House has authorized a major escalation of US air and ground combat operations targeting Taliban forces and others opposed to the stooge regime in Kabul.

Turkey’s Erdogan uses terror attack to escalate repression of opposition

By Halil Celik, 11 June 2016

The latest terror attack will only accelerate and facilitate the drive of the Turkish ruling elite towards militarism and dictatorship, while confusing the masses.

Fallujah: A symbol of US war crimes

By James Cogan, 8 June 2016

The humanitarian disaster that is unfolding in Fallujah is the product of the US-led invasion in 2003 and Washington’s deliberate stoking of sectarian conflict in the face of determined Iraqi resistance.

US-backed offensive against Fallujah threatens “human catastrophe”

By Bill Van Auken, 1 June 2016

The siege of the Iraqi city has exposed the deep sectarian fault lines in Iraq that are the product of the US occupation and its divide-and-rule tactics.

Thousands of civilians in danger as US-backed forces mount offensives in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2016

The offensives launched by US-backed forces on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border threaten to deepen the region’s crisis.

US-backed offensive to seize Iraqi city of Fallujah

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2016

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi is desperately seeking to shore up his fragile government.

Canadian ruling elite applauds Liberal government for securing seat at Syria peace talks

By Roger Jordan, 24 May 2016

Canada’s seat at the table has been secured through its services rendered in the US-led military operations in the Middle East.

US and its allies threaten escalation of Syrian war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2016

The failure to set a date for the resumption of talks points to the continuation of a conflict that threatens to spill over into a wider war involving the US and Russia.

Refugees shot by Turkish border guards

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 May 2016

According to eyewitness reports published by Human Rights Watch, at least five people were shot or beaten to death by Turkish border guards on the country’s border with Syria in March and April.

A further eruption of US militarism in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2016

A century after the Sykes-Picot agreement dividing the Middle East between imperialist powers, the volcanic eruption of US militarism has shattered the nation-state system created by that accord.

Army captain’s lawsuit challenges legality of Obama’s war against ISIS

By Tom Carter, 9 May 2016

The lawsuit sheds light on the assertion of unlimited presidential powers to launch and wage wars.

Baghdad on military lockdown over fear of protests

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2016

As the US military escalates its intervention in Iraq, the government appears on the brink of collapse.

Australian government boasts of helping US kill its own citizens in Middle East

By Mike Head, 7 May 2016

Remarks by Prime Minister Turnbull amount to sanctioning extra-judicial killings as a matter of government policy.

New Zealand Labour Party leader visits Iraq

By Tom Peters, 6 May 2016

Andrew Little praised New Zealand’s troops in Iraq and pushed for their mission to be extended, underscoring the fraud of Labour’s vote against the deployment last year.

US Navy Seal killed in Iraq combat

By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2016

The fighting in Iraq came as the US and Russia sought to broker a renewed cessation of hostilities in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Iraqi regime shaken by storming of Baghdad’s Green Zone

By Thomas Gaist, 2 May 2016

In a desperate effort to prop up its ailing puppet regime, Washington is preparing to meet opposition with, as Defense Secretary Carter put it, “the full might of the US military.”

Civilian deaths in Syria surge as US-Russian brokered ceasefire unravels

By Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2016

American support for the ceasefire was a tactical maneuver, aimed at buying time for US forces to prepare a renewed push.

Obama’s war summit in Europe

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2016

Nearly eight years after he addressed 200,000 in Berlin, promising “hope” and “change,” Obama presided over a summit with the European powers on the expansion of war in the Middle East and new provocations against Russia.

US authorizes intensified air strikes against civilians in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2016

The loosening of the Pentagon’s rules of engagement coincides with an escalation by the US and its Gulf allies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2016

While friction has arisen over Washington’s dealings with Iran and fallout from 9/11, the monarchical dictatorship remains a linchpin of US policy in the Middle East.

Canada’s Liberal government finalizes $15 billion Saudi arms deal

By Carl Bronski, 20 April 2016

The foreign minister has been caught out lying shamelessly about the Liberal government’s deciding role in finalizing a $15 billion arms deal with the Saudi regime.

In Cairo, French President Hollande defends the bloodstained Sisi junta

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 20 April 2016

Hollande discussed with the Egyptian dictator his response to the November 13 attacks in Paris before deciding to impose a state of emergency across France.

Hollande sheds crocodile tears over refugees in Lebanon visit

By Kumaran Ira, 19 April 2016

French President François Hollande began his four-day trip to the Middle East, visiting Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, to boost economic and military ties amidst escalating war.