War Drive in the Middle East

Report exposes UK role in Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen

By Barry Mason, 21 May 2018

The US, UK and other western countries have supported the Saudi intervention. Like Saudi Arabia, they regard the war against the Houthis as a proxy conflict with Iran.

Mass murder in Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2018

The shooting dead of at least 60 unarmed protesters in Gaza, along with the wounding of over 2,700 more, is a war crime for which all involved bear collective and personal responsibility.

Election result in Iraq portends further political and social conflict

By James Cogan, 15 May 2018

No grouping of parties has won anywhere near the support needed to form a government.

German militarization and Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

By Johannes Stern, 15 May 2018

Following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, the German bourgeoisie is intensifying its campaign for militarism, rearmament, and war.

US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal drives Ankara into a corner

By Halil Celik, 14 May 2018

Washington’s reimposition of punishing economic sanctions on Iran, and its plans to force other countries to follow suit, threatens to roil the already crisis-ridden Turkish economy.

US steps up pressure on Iran with new round of sanctions

By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2018

Announced the same day as Israel launched its largest-ever direct assault on Iranian infrastructure in Syria, the sanctions mark a further step by US imperialism in the direction of an all-out military confrontation with Iran.

Israeli army kills one, wounds hundreds during latest round of Gaza protests

By Niles Niemuth, 12 May 2018

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that among the hundreds who were wounded in the attack on unarmed, peaceful protestors, 143 were shot with live ammunition.

Middle East teeters on brink of region-wide war after US withdrawal from Iran deal

By Jordan Shilton, 10 May 2018

After Israeli war planes targeted Iranian personnel in Syria for the third time in less than a month, Iranian Quds forces reportedly launched rockets into northern Israel.

Trump torpedoes Iran nuclear accord

By Keith Jones, 9 May 2018

In its reckless and ruinous drive for global hegemony, US imperialism, like the Nazi regime, makes diplomatic agreements only to break them when expedient.

Tensions rise with Trump set to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2018

With Trump’s allies signaling that he will rip up the agreement, Israel has issued increasingly bellicose threats against Iran.

Israeli Knesset debates legal framework for apartheid-style state

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2018

The bill explicitly defines Israel as a Jewish state, according nationality rights only to its Jewish as opposed to Palestinian citizens.

US relaunches Second Fleet in war preparations against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2018

The revival of the fleet, which was mothballed in 2011, was described by the US Navy as an implementation of a new national security doctrine focused on “great power competition.”

US special forces operations in Yemen presage wider regional war

By Jordan Shilton, 5 May 2018

The secretive decision to deploy US special forces to Yemen last December underscores once again Washington’s reckless drive towards a regional conflagration with Iran.

Global military spending at record $1.7 trillion

By Niles Niemuth, 4 May 2018

After a quarter century of regional wars, the imperialist powers are rearming for a third world war to redivide the planet.

Washington and Tel Aviv lurching toward a war with Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2018

The aggression that is being prepared by the US and Israel threatens to drag all of the major powers into what could prove a catastrophic world war.

Israel denounces Iran nuclear deal after new missile strikes on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2018

Netanyahu’s bellicose speech indicting Iran, following on the heels of missile strikes on Syria, underscores the growing threat of a region-wide war.

Israel again opens fire on Gaza protesters, killing three and wounding hundreds

By Will Morrow, 28 April 2018

For the fifth Friday in a row, the Israeli army rained gunfire on thousands of unarmed protesters in Gaza, bringing the number killed since March 30 to 45.

The growing threat of an Israeli war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2018

In the shadow of US-French discussions on the Iranian nuclear deal, Israel is preparing for a military confrontation with Iran, threatening to ignite a regional and even global war.

Saudi airstrike kills 33 at wedding in northern Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 24 April 2018

With the full support of the US and its allies, Saudi Arabia has been waging an unrelenting war against Yemen for more than three years, killing thousands of civilians.

US military-intelligence apparatus presses for further strikes on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2018

Fresh reporting from the scene of the alleged chemical weapons attack that was the pretext for the April 14 missile strikes on Syria has further exposed it as a fabrication.

After Syria strikes, drumbeat grows for wider US war

By Will Morrow, 19 April 2018

A campaign is underway in the American political and military-intelligence establishment for a major escalation in Syria and confrontation with Iran and Russia.

UK government rejects Corbyn’s demand for parliament to vote on war

By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2018

Amid mass anti-war sentiment, Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to prop up the tattered reputation of the Labour Party by claiming that it can serve as a check on the May government.

US lashes out at Russia, as OPCW inspectors prepare to enter Douma

By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2018

Western governments and media that propagated unsubstantiated claims of a chemical weapons attack to justify illegal missile strikes on Syria are seeking to cover their tracks.

UK: Labour right lines up with government over Syria bombing

By Chris Marsden, 17 April 2018

Yesterday May faced widespread criticism, but largely for having failed to recall Parliament rather than any substantive opposition to the illegal action taken by the US, France and the UK.

German government backs illegal attack on Syria

By Johannes Stern, 17 April 2018

The attack on Syria marks a new stage of imperialist aggression aimed not only at Syria but also at Russia.

Australian government endorses US-led strikes on Syria

By Oscar Grenfell, 17 April 2018

The support of the Turnbull government and Labor opposition for the illegal act of aggression, is in line with Australia’s role as a key military and diplomatic ally of Washington.

US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war

By Barry Grey, 16 April 2018

The bases for new provocations and fresh pretexts for military aggression are already being laid.

US and imperialist allies launch strikes against Syria

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 14 April 2018

All of the governments participating in this new onslaught are crisis-ridden and lack any electoral legitimacy.

War fever grips German media

By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2018

Die Welt demanded the “eradication of the Assad regime” and the deployment of “hundreds of thousands of soldiers” to Syria to “in the worst case scenario, fight Russians and Iranians.”

Momentum builds toward US-led strike on Syria

By James Cogan, 13 April 2018

The US secretary of state nominee, CIA head Mike Pompeo, left no doubt yesterday that the Putin regime in Russia is the main target behind the war crisis in the Middle East.

Escalation of Syria war sends economic and strategic shockwaves across region

By Jordan Shilton, 13 April 2018

The Russian, Turkish and Iranian economies are coming under pressure amid the growing war danger, while Israel is preparing for a wider regional conflict.

War, lies and censorship

By Andre Damon, 13 April 2018

The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream news outlets function not as journalists, but as propagandists for the US/NATO war drive against Syria.

US, Britain and France prepare onslaught against Syria

By Statement of the World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 12 April 2018

The imperialist powers, based on fraudulent allegations, are on the verge of launching another bloodbath in the Middle East.

Opposing forces mobilise for war in Syria

By James Cogan, 12 April 2018

Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon stressed Moscow’s repeated warnings that it will retaliate against any attack that threatens its personnel in Syria.

German government supports war preparations against Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 12 April 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Maas have made it clear that they unreservedly support US, French and British military action against Syria.

US media demands full-scale assault against Syria

By James Cogan, 11 April 2018

The New York Times and Washington Post have sent a clear message to Trump that a limited attack will be denounced as worse than useless.

Canada rallies behind US in its incendiary anti-Russia offensive

By Roger Jordan, 11 April 2018

Canada has signalled its support for the coming US attack on Syria, by pledging to work with its “international partners” to punish Syria and “its backers” with “all available means.”

UK and French forces on ground in Syria as US prepares wider war

By Halil Celik, 10 April 2018

The alleged chemical weapons attack provides an all-too convenient excuse for both countries to deepen their existing operations in Syria.

CIA stages gas attack pretext for Syria escalation

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2018

The rhetoric of the Trump administration indicates that preparations are being made by the Pentagon for stepped-up military operations in Syria.

Trump reverses himself on Syria pullout order

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2018

The move came after intense pressure from the Pentagon and much of the corporate media for a more aggressive anti-Russian and anti-Iranian posture.

As Trump talks of bringing troops home, Washington escalates aggression from Libya to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2018

While Trump repeated his populist promise to “bring our troops home,” the reality is that the Pentagon is escalating interventions across the Middle East.

Pulse nightclub shooter’s father was an FBI informant

By Niles Niemuth, 27 March 2018

Critical details about Omar Mateen’s father’s decade-long relationship with the FBI came out this week during the trial of Noor Salman, who has been charged as an accomplice in the 2016 mass shooting.

Fifteen years since the launching of the Iraq War

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2018

Neither the warmongers in Washington and London, nor their media apologists, have been held to account for the greatest crime of the 21st century.

Turkey’s seizure of Afrin and the growing threat of a regional war in the Middle East

By Halil Celik, 21 March 2018

While drifting away from its NATO partners, Ankara has forged closer relations, including both trade and military ties, with Russia and Iran, two main targets of US imperialism.

Threat of US attack on Syria grows amid fall of “rebel” stronghold

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2018

The imminent fall of the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta has been accompanied by Turkey’s overrunning of Afrin in the north, signaling a new stage in the seven-year-old Syrian war.

Russia threatens counter-strikes on US forces in Syria

By Halil Celik and James Cogan, 14 March 2018

Russia’s top military commander has vowed to retaliate against any attack on its forces in Syria, while Turkey is intensifying its offensive against US-backed rebels.

Australian pseudo-lefts feature at pro-imperialist #SaveGhouta rallies

By Zac Hambides, 13 March 2018

The real purpose of the rallies was to urge the US and other Western imperialist powers to directly militarily intervene into Syria.

Germany: Grand coalition expands foreign operations in Afghanistan and Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 8 March 2018

No sooner had the membership of the SPD voted for the continuation of the government alliance with the CDU/CSU, plans for new military operations were announced.

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2018

Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

Income losses of British millennials second only to those in Greece

By Simon Whelan, 7 March 2018

Research reveals that in 2014 British millennials earned 13 percent less than those born in and around 1970 at the same stage in life.

A new “left” appeal for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2018

The “open letter” was clearly addressed to Washington and its allies, demanding the escalation of their use of armed force against the war-ravaged country.

US airstrike kills dozens amid mounting Western war propaganda over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2018

The orchestrated outcry over civilian deaths in Ghouta and chorus of chemical weapons allegations are aimed at preparing a major new imperialist escalation in the Middle East.

Tensions over Syria further undermine Turkish-NATO relations

By Halil Celik, 28 February 2018

Turkish government officials insist that the UN’s ceasefire resolution does not apply to Ankara’s invasion of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, which they claim is directed against “terrorists”.

Fighting continues in Syria after another UN ceasefire

By Chris Marsden, 26 February 2018

Tensions between the United States, Russia, Iran, and Turkey remained high in the wake of a US attack that killed dozens of Russian troops.

Syrian government offensive prompts calls for intensified US military intervention

By Jordan Shilton, 22 February 2018

US media outlets have seized on the escalation of violence to call for the expansion of Washington’s illegal military intervention.

Washington delivers new ultimatum on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2018

The Trump administration is threatening to abrogate the Iran nuclear agreement in order to force the European powers to adopt a hard line against Tehran.

Tillerson declares US-Turkey relations in “crisis”

By Jordan Shilton and Halil Celik, 17 February 2018

The announcement of a joint initiative to manage conflicting interests in Syria could not conceal the deep rift between the two NATO allies.

Multiple reports confirm US killed Russians in Syrian oilfield airstrikes

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2018

The deaths of Russian military contractors under the rain of bombs and missiles unleashed by the Pentagon has sharply escalated war tensions.

German government plans massive military expansion in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 13 February 2018

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the build-up in the course of her trip to the Middle East last weekend.

Israeli attack on Syria heightens danger of wider Mideast war

By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2018

Israel attacked 12 of the country’s main air defence sites, which the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) described as “Iranian targets.”

Russians reported killed in US strikes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2018

The reports of Russian casualties came as Turkey resumed its own air strikes against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

US threat to escalate Syria war over alleged gas attacks

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2018

Washington’s threat to retaliate over alleged use of chemical weapons comes amid a steady widening of the multi-sided war in Syria.

Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition

By Nick Beams, 6 February 2018

Right on cue, as if acting in accordance with a carefully drafted script, pseudo-left organisations and individuals have stepped forward to provide justifications for new US operations in the Middle East.

Downing of Russian fighter in Syria threatens wider war

By Peter Symonds, 5 February 2018

The warplane was shot down as Russian and US military forces face off at close quarters on opposing sides of Syria’s disastrous civil war.

US escalates war for annexation of Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2018

In Syria, the Pentagon’s declared shift from the “war on terror” to great power conflict has already been realized in bloody facts on the ground.

Fighting rages as Turkey advances on Syrian Kurdish enclave

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2018

The Turkish military incursion into northern Syria has exacerbated deepening tensions within the NATO alliance and between the US and Europe.

Turkey invades Syria to attack US-backed Kurdish forces

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 22 January 2018

The Turkish invasion points to a historic breakdown of the NATO alliance, of which the United States and Turkey are both members.

US announces indefinite deployment of military forces in Syria

By James Cogan, 19 January 2018

The pretext that the motive of the US in Syria was to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been cast aside.

US to set up 30,000-strong “border force” in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2018

Having proclaimed the defeat of ISIS, Washington is determined to prosecute its goal of ousting the Iranian- and Russian-backed Syrian regime.

Trump vows to renew all-out economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 13 January 2018

Trump insisted he will issue no further waivers of economic sanctions unless the Iran nuclear agreement is rewritten in accordance with his demands.

Over 700 Yemeni civilians killed and wounded by US-backed Saudi airstrikes in December

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2017

The savage intensification of the Saudi bombing campaign is a function of both Riyadh’s frustration over the stalemate in its war and the unstinting support of Washington.

Russia charges Pentagon with training ex-ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2017

The report that the US is training former ISIS militants is one more indication that Washington is preparing a new phase of the war in Syria.

Pentagon admits presence of US troops in Yemen as cholera cases top one million

By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2017

Washington is deepening the catastrophe in Yemen as part of its war preparations against Iran, threatening the lives of millions.

Lafarge affair exposes French ruling elite’s funding of Islamic State terrorists

By Francis Dubois and Alex Lantier, 20 December 2017

From 2011 to 2015, a multi-billion-dollar firm leading the CAC-40 French stock exchange funded a terror militia that carried out attacks across Europe and in France.

UN condemns Iraq’s mass hanging of accused ISIS fighters

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2017

The mass execution constitutes one more war crime in the bloody US-backed war in Iraq and Syria.

Putin stages “mission accomplished” visit to Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2017

The Russian President's pronouncement of a 'victory' over ISIS presages not peace, but an even more direct and aggressive conflict between the US and Russia.

US indicts Turkish banker Mehmet Atilla amid mounting US-Turkish tensions

By Halil Celik, 6 December 2017

The case poses a direct threat to Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, amid mounting divisions over US wars in Syria and Iraq, and US threats against Iran.

Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's former dictator, killed in Sana’a

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2017

The death of Saleh, who ruled Yemen for three decades, appears to signal the failure of a Saudi-backed plot to overthrow the Houthi-led government.

US-backed Saudi blockade deprives 2.5 million Yemenis of clean water

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2017

The lack of clean water threatens to compound the worst cholera epidemic in modern history, even as millions confront famine.

France arranges Hariri’s return to Lebanon amid danger of regional war

By Kumaran Ira, 22 November 2017

The crisis provoked by Saudi Arabia’s arrest of the Lebanese prime minister threatens to escalate into a new conflict in the Middle East.

Defeat of ISIS in last stronghold signals new stage of US war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2017

Syrian government troops, backed by Iraqi and Lebanese Shia militia forces, routed ISIS from its last stronghold near the Iraqi border.

US steps up aid to Saudi Arabia’s slaughter in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2017

Washington is initiating a series of new policies aimed at building up the Saudi military as it carries out a siege of Yemen that could claim the lives of millions.

US-backed Saudi war and blockade puts millions of lives at risk in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 18 November 2017

Nearly the entire population of Yemen, 20 million out of 28 million, are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

Saudi crisis threatens wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2017

The mass arrests in Saudi Arabia, combined with the kidnapping of Lebanon’s prime minister and the escalation of the war against Yemen, point to immense instability.

French president travels to Saudi Arabia amid danger of war with Iran

By Francis Dubois, 11 November 2017

In a surprise visit to Riyadh, Emmanuel Macron argued against a regional escalation of the Middle East wars flowing from the NATO countries’ imperialist interventions.

US-Saudi blockade threatens millions of famine deaths in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 November 2017

Washington and Riyadh have created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe with the three-year-old war against the poorest nation in the Arab world.

The colossal cost of Washington’s unending wars

By Bill Van Auken, 9 November 2017

According to Brown University’s latest “Costs of War” report, the Pentagon has squandered nearly $6 trillion over the past 16 years of US invasions, occupations and military interventions.

Lebanese crisis bound up with war drive against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2017

Prime Minister Hariri announced his resignation in Riyadh, echoing the virulent anti-Iranian rhetoric of the Saudi monarchy.

Iraqi counter-offensive roils Kurdish Regional Government

By Keith Jones, 2 November 2017

With the US having stoked sectarian conflict in the Mideast, McCain and other congressional war-hawks are now claiming a new intervention may be needed to “save” the Kurds.

US threatens Iran after fall of ISIS “capital” of Raqqa

By James Cogan, 23 October 2017

The end of ISIS control has not ended the carnage in Syria and Iraq, but opened up a potentially even bloodier stage.

Iraqi forces seize back more Kurdish-held territory

By James Cogan, 18 October 2017

Washington, Germany and other powers are applying immense diplomatic pressure on the Kurdish region to submit.

Iraqi seizure of oil-rich Kirkuk from Kurds risks broader war

By Jordan Shilton, 17 October 2017

While the US military and corporate media sought to downplay the scale of the clashes Monday, the Iraqi army’s advance will have explosive consequences for the entire region.

Transatlantic antagonisms deepen after Trump threatens withdrawal from Iran deal

By Jordan Shilton, 16 October 2017

Transatlantic relations have deteriorated throughout 2017 as Trump has resorted to “America first” nationalism and the major European powers, above all Germany, have advanced their own imperialist ambitions.

Trump to light fuse under Iran nuclear deal, as part of more aggressive anti-Iran strategy

By Jordan Shilton, 11 October 2017

In addition to certifying Iran as non-compliant with the 2015 nuclear deal, Trump is said to be preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist organization.”

US-Russian tensions flare in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2017

The death of a Russian general and claims by US-backed Kurdish forces of Russian air strikes have brought Washington and Moscow to the brink of an armed clash.

US initiates plan to blow-up Iran nuclear deal

By Keith Jones, 21 September 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined Washington’s demands for the “renegotiation” of the Iran nuclear accord at a meeting yesterday of its signatories.

UN General Assembly convenes under shadow of war

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2017

On the eve of the opening session of the UN General Assembly, top US officials have reiterated threats of a “military option” on the Korean peninsula that could lead to nuclear war.

Israel bombs Syrian government positions as anti-Assad opposition forces lose ground

By Jean Shaoul, 13 September 2017

The Israeli air strikes against Syria took place as the IDF was conducting the largest military exercise in 19 years on the border with Lebanon.

US massacring hundreds of Syrian civilians every week in Raqqa

By Jordan Shilton, 25 August 2017

The horrific slaughter of civilians in Raqqa comes just months after US-backed Iraqi forces, relying on US air power, laid waste to vast swathes of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Turnbull government defends reported killing of Australian children in Syria

By Mike Head, 25 August 2017

If proven, it would be the first known case of the government facilitating the targeted assassination of Australian citizens since the “war on terrorism” was launched.