Crisis in Iraq

Pentagon in talks with Baghdad on permanent US occupation of Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The discussions are unfolding in the shadow of the US-backed siege of Mosul, which continues to inflict mass civilian casualties.

Severe humanitarian crisis in Iraq with 800,000 going to bed hungry

By Jean Shaoul, 18 April 2017

A new survey, the most comprehensive ever carried out in Iraq, found that 53 percent of residents and 66 percent of internally displaced people are vulnerable to “food insecurity.”

US accused of war crimes in air strikes on Iraqi city of Mosul

By Bill Van Auken, 29 March 2017

The scale of the atrocity carried out by the US military in the March 17 bombing of Mosul continues to emerge amid fresh reports of the slaughter of civilians.

US bombing kills 11 civilians in Mosul as Washington lifts restraints on Pentagon

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2017

There are clear indications that the Pentagon has given the green light for airstrikes that inevitably result in the killing of unarmed men, women and children.

Pentagon prepares for bigger, bloodier war in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2017

Among recommendations being prepared for Trump is a lifting of restrictions on rules of engagement supposedly designed to limit civilian casualties.

Pseudo-left covers for Corbyn’s capitulation to Blair over Iraq war

By Laura Tiernan, 14 December 2016

The pseudo-left’s support for Corbyn gives Labour a blank cheque to facilitate British military aggression.

Bagram air base bombing kills four US personnel in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2016

The attack and other incidents underscore the increasingly precarious situation in Afghanistan after a decade and a half of US war and occupation.

Sectarian tensions rise in Iraq as Mosul offensive enters third week

By Jordan Shilton, 1 November 2016

Iraqi government troops entered the eastern outskirts of the northern Iraqi city Monday amid ongoing warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe facing its residents.

Mosul offensive intensifies regional tensions as Turkish soldiers intervene in Iraq

By Jordan Shilton, 24 October 2016

The dispute between the Iraqi and Turkish governments is only one of a vast array of regional and sectarian divisions being inflamed by the US-backed offensive on the northern Iraqi city.

The siege of Mosul and the crimes of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2016

The offensive against Mosul is the latest in a series of US war crimes that have killed, maimed and displaced millions across the Middle East.

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.

Labour’s Jack Straw and MI6’s Sir Mark Allen shielded from prosecution over rendition to Libya

By Jean Shaoul, 13 July 2016

The British government has spent at least £600,000 to prevent a civil case going ahead, forcing Straw and Allen to give evidence.

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.

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

Obama’s war in Iraq and the third battle of Fallujah

By Thomas Gaist, 29 June 2016

The “liberation” of Fallujah, touted as a victory, has already inflamed sectarian conflicts and set the stage for further escalation of the Obama administration’s renewed war in Iraq.

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.”

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.

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.”

US generals push for more troops in Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 March 2016

In congressional testimony, a top commander made clear that the US intervention is aimed not merely at ISIS, but at Iran and Russia as well.

Washington to escalate US Mideast wars

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2016

The Obama White House is set to approve Pentagon demands for more troops in Iraq and another US military intervention in Libya.

Turkish government steps up repression of political opponents

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 12 August 2015

Police have violently broken up peaceful antiwar demonstrations, and the government has blocked more than 90 news websites.

Turkey put on a war footing

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 31 July 2015

President Erdoğan’s government has mobilised the military and police to target both the Kurdish nationalist movement and the “left” and anti-war opposition in general.

US defense secretary visits Iraq as Pentagon prepares new offensive in Anbar

By Thomas Gaist, 24 July 2015

Under the pretext of fighting ISIS, Washington is escalating efforts to reassert its military and political stranglehold over Iraq while fomenting sectarian divisions in the country.

The US contemplates partitioning Iraq

By James Cogan, 22 June 2015

The Obama administration has signalled that it is indifferent to Iraq’s sovereignty and even its existence.

Pentagon seeks network of new US military bases in Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 June 2015

The new US bases will be manned by hundreds of newly deployed US troops, over and above the 450 additional US soldiers approved by the White House earlier this week.

One year since the fall of Mosul: More US troops headed to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2015

The catastrophe of its own making is drawing US imperialism into an escalating military intervention in the Middle East.

Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz dies in prison at 79

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The public face of Iraq for decades, Aziz faced deteriorating health during his dozen years of imprisonment, much of which was spent in solitary confinement.

The US arming of ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2015

Underlying the massive rearmament of ISIS forces with captured US weapons are the contradictory and vastly destructive policies pursued by US imperialism.

Iraqi officials report the fall of Ramadi

By our reporter, 18 May 2015

The capital city of Anbar province has been under attack by ISIS forces for more than a year.

Fighting rages in Iraqi provincial capital

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.

Canada plans dramatic expansion of its role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 26 March 2015

The expansion of Canadian bombing raids to Syria is a new act of aggression and a major step towards Canada’s participation in a war for regime change in Damascus.

America’s “dirty brigades” in Iraq

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.

Australian pseudo-lefts defend Syriza’s austerity pact

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.

Canadian government seizes on first Iraq casualty to press for war

By Roger Jordan, 13 March 2015

The death last week of Canadian Special Forces Sgt. Andrew Doiron provides further proof of Ottawa’s growing involvement in ground combat operations in Iraq.

ISIS destroys ancient sites near Mosul

By Sandy English, 9 March 2015

ISIS has destroyed the remnants of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, statues in the Nineveh Museum, manuscripts in the Mosul Library and the Roman-period city of Hatra.

US preparing major ground offensive against Iraqi city of Mosul

By Thomas Gaist, 21 February 2015

US advisors and special forces will train and accompany Iraqi combat forces in a drive to retake the largest city currently under ISIS control, threatening a new bloodbath.

Saudi Arabia, 9/11 and the “war on terror”

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.

Crisis talks in London over Islamic State

By Paul Mitchell, 23 January 2015

The UK/US-hosted summit in London discussed plans for stepping up military action in Iraq.

UK Iraq war inquiry report delayed yet again

By Chris Marsden, 23 January 2015

Among the records that will reportedly not be published is a minute of a conversation between Tony Blair and George W. Bush six weeks before the Iraq invasion.

Australian special forces working with sectarian Shiite troops in Iraq

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.

German government to send combat troops to Iraq

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.

Canada preparing to expand its role in Mideast war

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.

Obama envisions “circumstances” requiring US ground troops in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2014

The US president’s remark came as the top uniformed commander carried out an unannounced visit to Iraq.

Top general says US troops may be needed to retake Iraqi cities

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2014

The Pentagon is “certainly considering” sending US ground troops into Iraq, as the Obama administration debates escalating campaign for regime change in Syria.

US troops sent to Iraq’s Anbar province

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.”

New Zealand government to send troops to Iraq

By Tom Peters, 12 November 2014

The decision to join the renewed US war in the Middle East has been made behind the backs of the New Zealand people.

Washington-backed “rebels” surrender US arms to Al Qaeda in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2014

The collapse of the so-called “moderate rebels” in Syria comes as the Pentagon is attempting to rebuild the Iraqi army for an anti-ISIS offensive next year.

Top US general calls for “advisers” in Iraq combat zone

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.

Turkey allows Kurdish reinforcements into Syrian town of Kobani

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.

Washington Post seizes on chemical weapons claims to press for wider war in Syria

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.

Obama administration considers sending more “advisers” to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2014

Preparations are being made to substantially escalate the US military presence and participation in ground combat operations.

Australia’s pseudo-left organisation complicit in US war for regime change in Syria

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.

Drumbeat grows for US troops in Middle East war

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.

Toxic fallout from US war produces record child birth defect rates in Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 October 2014

Two decades of US military bombardment have saturated Iraq with genotoxic compounds, leading to historically unprecedented rates of birth defects and child cancers.

Turkey demands US back war to topple Syria’s Assad

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.

Behind the war against ISIS

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.

Australia commits to combat operations in Middle East

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.

Marines in Kuwait; Turkey joins US coalition

New steps to wider war in Middle East

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.

The escalating US war in Iraq and Syria

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2014

In less than two months, Obama’s phony “humanitarian mission” to protect the Yazidis in Iraq has become a full-blown war across two countries.

Britain’s parliament votes for war in Iraq, and also Syria

By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament there was “no legal barrier” to Britain extending parliament’s approval for bombing Iraq to cover similar action in Syria.

The discovery of the “Khorasan Group” in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 27 September 2014

Alleged plotting of the so-called Khorasan Group has been used by the Obama administration as a further justification for its ongoing bombing in Syria.

US launches air strikes inside Syria

By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2014

The attacks on ISIS in Syria mark the expansion of a reckless and criminal war that will have catastrophic consequences for the Middle East and beyond.

Struggle against ISIS shields US oil grab

By Jean Shaoul, 23 September 2014

A key issue at stake in Washington’s moves against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is control of Iraq’s vast energy resources and the supply routes through its territory.

Obama marshals allies for war on Syria and Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2014

Washington’s claims to have “universal support” cannot obscure the fact that it is waging another war of aggression based on lies.

Australian anti-terror raids part of US war drive

By Nick Beams, 20 September 2014

Within hours of Australia’s largest-ever anti-terror operation, US Secretary of State Kerry invoked the lurid news reports to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria.

US generals challenge Obama on ground troops in Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2014

In a series of statements contradicting the president’s vow of no new “ground war” in Iraq, the Pentagon’s top brass has come close to insubordination.

France bombs ISIS targets in Iraq

By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2014

The air strikes marked the first European attack in support of the latest US war in Iraq and the first overt French military operation there since the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

US lays new chemical weapon allegations against Syria

By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2014

While the US shelved its planned air war against Syria last year, it has never relinquished its ambition for regime change in Damascus.

US prepares for “generational” war in the Middle East

By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2014

In Senate hearings yesterday, the top US general contradicted President Obama’s pledge that no US troops would engage in combat in Iraq or Syria.

UK prepares for full military action in Syria and Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014

Using aid worker David Haines’ murder by ISIS as the casus belli, British Prime Minister Cameron is preparing to back military strikes in Iraq and Syria.

Obama’s “coalition of the willing” against Syria, Iran

By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2014

Using the pretext of attacking ISIS militias, the US has revived its plans directed at ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia.

Families of journalists murdered by ISIS threatened with prosecution by US government

By Niles Williamson, 15 September 2014

The families of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both beheaded by ISIS, have come forward about threats from the Obama administration of prosecution if they paid the ransoms demanded for their sons’ lives.

The war for regime-change in Syria

By Barry Grey, 13 September 2014

The new war represents a massive escalation of US imperialist aggression in the entire Middle East and beyond.

Canada signs up for Washington’s new Mideast war

By Keith Jones, 13 September 2014

With the full support of the country’s ruling business elite, Canada has joined the new “coalition of the willing” that US imperialism has organized to wage war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

US to rapidly expand war in Iraq and Syria

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2014

While ISIS is the nominal target, the new US-led war is above all a revival of plans to topple the Assad regime in Syria.

Obama announces open-ended war in Iraq and Syria

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2014

The nationally televised speech from the White House set no limits on the escalation of US military violence in the Middle East.

American imperialism and the rise of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 9 September 2014

The American government and its European allies bear the ultimate responsibility for the rise of ISIS and other Islamic extremist organizations, such as the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front, in Syria and Iraq.

Obama prepares to escalate war in the Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2014

Obama’s statement that the Islamic State “poses a broader threat” than Al Qaeda has the most ominous implications.

US forms ten-nation coalition to escalate war in Iraq, Syria

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2014

The agreement was announced by US officials after a meeting of the ten countries on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales.

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.

More US troops and air strikes in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2014

Washington’s overriding aim is to establish a client regime in Baghdad that is more amenable to US strategic and economic interests.

ISIS murders US journalist James Foley

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2014

The condolences issued by Obama are saturated with hypocrisy as Washington prepares to exploit the death to further its aggressive aims in the region.

Obama claims “progress” in Iraq intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2014

The president’s statement Monday underscored that the US intervention in Iraq is steadily escalating in terms of both its means and objectives.

US expands air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 18 August 2014

American military involvement in Iraq is set to grow after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stepped aside last week.

German army intervenes in Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 August 2014

All of Germany’s official government and opposition parties are supporting a German military intervention in Iraq.

Australia’s pseudo-left covers up for US imperialism in Iraq

By Patrick O’Connor, 18 August 2014

Socialist Alternative seeks to justify its continuing support for the US-led regime-change operation in Syria by arguing that US imperialism is no longer a significant factor in Middle East politics.

ISIS in Iraq: A disaster made in the USA

By Barry Grey, 9 August 2014

The emergence of ISIS is the outcome of the catastrophe inflicted on Iraq by US imperialism.

Jordan deploys troops along border with Iraq

By Jean Shaoul, 2 July 2014

The civil war in Iraq is drawing in Washington’s allies in the region, including Jordan—long hailed as an oasis of stability in the Middle East.

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?

By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2014

The destruction wrought by US imperialism in Iraq, Libya and Syria is an indictment not merely of a set of policies, but of an entire corrupt, predatory social order.

Blackwater mercenaries on trial in US court for 2007 Iraq massacre

By Kate Randall, 28 June 2014

The September 16, 2007 shootings by Blackwater mercenaries left 14 Iraqis dead and wounded 18 others in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

Kurdish region rebuffs US appeals for unity with Iraqi government

By James Cogan, 25 June 2014

The KRG has exploited the Sunni uprising to substantially expand territory under its control.

ISIS offensive in Iraq exposes French pseudo-left’s support for Syria war

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2014

The NPA is seeking to cover up its responsibility in pressing for imperialism to arm Sunni Islamist militias in the region, while downplaying the risk of a wider war.

Democracy and the debacle in Iraq

By Joseph Kishore, 23 June 2014

While divided over tactics in the pursuit of global power, the different factions of the US state and military apparatus are united on at least one issue: they bear no responsibility for anything.

US moves inciting sectarian warfare throughout the Middle East

By James Cogan, 23 June 2014

The messages from the White House are both incendiary and politically incoherent.

Detroit workers oppose return of US forces to Iraq

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 June 2014

Obama’s announcement that the US will send military “advisors” to Iraq has prompted broad popular opposition.

Washington escalates intervention in region-wide Middle East war

By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2014

The Pentagon is negotiating terms for the deployment of US troops in Iraq that were rejected by the regime in Baghdad two-and-a-half years ago.

Washington seeks alliance with Tehran as civil war in Iraq intensifies

By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2014

The fact that the United States is publicly asking for Iran’s help is a measure of the desperation of American policy makers as Washington’s decades-long policy in Iraq and the broader Middle East implodes under the weight of its own contradictions.

The US media and the debacle in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 17 June 2014

A column written by Chelsea (Bradley) Manning from his prison cell points to the criminal role played by the US media in foisting the Iraq War onto the American people.

Australian general blames 2003 invasion for Iraq civil war

By James Cogan, 17 June 2014

Cantwell voiced some basic truths about the situation in Iraq that are generally suppressed by the mass media.

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.