War Drive in the Middle East
By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2016
Top US officials have declared that they are prepared to seek a “military solution” in Syria, put “boots on the ground” in Iraq and launch another US-NATO war in Libya.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2016
The reports of Turkish incursions into northern Syria come amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Moscow.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2016
From January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015, the UN recorded at least 55,047 civilian casualties, while warning that the real toll could be much higher.
Twenty-five years since the first Gulf War
By Eric London, 21 January 2016
In 1991, the Workers League, forerunner of the SEP, published this valuable compendium of articles and statements providing a Marxist analysis of the imperialist war in Iraq and the breakdown of the postwar international order.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2016
Allegations that Syrian government forces are deliberately starving besieged villagers have become the basis for yet another propaganda campaign for regime change.
By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2016
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter addressed several hundred US commandos at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, before their deployment to the Mideast war zone.
By Keith Jones, 13 January 2016
US Republicans seized on yesterday’s incident to repeat their charge that Obama is “appeasing” Tehran and demand a renewed campaign of economic sanctions and military threats against Iran.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 January 2016
Tuesday’s suicide attack in the heart of Istanbul has provoked an outburst of war threats and moralizing from the Turkish and NATO elites.
By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2016
The US-supported Saudi coalition destroyed two separate MSF facilities during the final months of 2015, before deploying cluster bombs against residential areas in Sanaa during the first week of 2016.
By Niles Williamson, 12 January 2016
The New York Times continues to play a filthy role, exploiting reports of starvation in the Syrian town of Madaya to push for the expansion of US military operations aimed at the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad.
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2016
Despite media headlines suggesting the arrested men have ties to ISIS, the only charges brought to date involve Internet chatter and making false statements to immigration officials.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2016
The US government has helped coordinate the Saudi-led war against Yemen, which has already killed thousands of civilians and reduced large sections of the population to starvation.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2016
The Saudi monarchy’s mass beheadings and subsequent cutting of ties with Iran have all the earmarks of a deliberate provocation.
By Peter Symonds, 4 January 2016
Washington’s threat is particularly provocative as it came just days after Tehran fulfilled a key aspect of last July’s nuclear deal—to ship its enriched uranium to Russia.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 December 2015
US imperialism is expanding its global Special Forces network, preparing new deployments of combat forces to confront Russia and China, and flooding every region of the world with advanced weaponry.
By James Cogan, 29 December 2015
Amidst boasting by Iraqi Prime Minister of the “liberation” of Ramadi, even the sanitised media footage shows scenes of utter devastation.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2015
The latest death toll from the US bombing campaign came as Iraqi troops and militias entered the ISIS-held city of Ramadi.
By John Braddock, 23 December 2015
Little’s announcement that Labour would support sending elite SAS troops to the Middle East is fully in line with the demands of US imperialism.
By Roger Jordan, 21 December 2015
Canada’s media is becoming increasingly shrill in its demand that Trudeau renege on his election pledge to recall Canada’s fighter jets from the Iraq-Syria war.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2015
The resolution adopted Friday left open the future of Assad and the distinction between opposition and terrorist groups.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2015
US officials hailed the Saudi monarchy’s proclamation of a Sunni sectarian alliance “against terrorism,” as the Saudi regime prepares another round of beheadings.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2015
In remarks at the Pentagon, President Obama sought to counter his critics within the political establishment by vowing to escalate US military operations in Syria.
By our reporters, 14 December 2015
A number of those attending the demonstration against the British bombing of Syria spoke to the WSWS.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2015
The collection of Al Qaeda-linked militias and exile politicians brought together in Riyadh represent not the Syrian people, but rather the various regimes that finance them.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2015
As the bombing of Syria intensifies, Saudi Arabia is assembling Islamist militias and exile politicians in Riyad as part of a US-backed policy of regime change.
By Julie Hyland, 9 December 2015
In the Orwellian language of the Labour right, any calls for MPs to be held politically accountable for their actions is tantamount to “bullying” and “intimidation.”
By Johannes Stern, 8 December 2015
A report in Der Spiegel makes clear that far-reaching plans to escalate the German intervention in Syria are being prepared behind the backs of the population.
By Thomas Gaist, 8 December 2015
Reports of the first direct US strikes against Syrian government forces come as hundreds of Turkish forces massed in Iraq in defiance of Baghdad’s call for their withdrawal.
By Joseph Kishore, 7 December 2015
The reasons presented to the public for the rapid escalation of war in Syria have little to do with the strategic discussions taking place in top ranks of the military and the intelligence agencies.
By Julie Hyland, 3 December 2015
The debate was a carnival of reaction, epitomised by Prime Minister David Cameron’s assertion that those opposed to bombing were “terrorist sympathisers.”
By Jean Shaoul, 3 December 2015
Israel’s preparation for more overt involvement in Syria coincides with its stepped-up repression of the Palestinians.
By Niles Williamson and Thomas Gaist, 2 December 2015
Under the pretext of a “war against ISIS,” Washington is embarking on open-ended ground combat operations in Iraq and Syria.
By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2015
Corbyn has surrendered to Labour’s right wing despite the fact that the party’s members have indicated overwhelming opposition to war.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 December 2015
A lengthy article published over the weekend on the rise of ISIS in Libya neglects to mention the Times’ enthusiastic support for the war that made it possible.
By Chris Marsden, 1 December 2015
In declaring a “free vote” for Labour MPs on military action against Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has given the green light for the Labour right wing to join with the Tories and drag Britain into war.
By Thomas Gaist, 1 December 2015
Leading officials categorically defended the attack on a Russian bomber jet along the Turkey-Syria border, and implied that future incidents along the same lines are unavoidable.
By Mark Blackwood, 1 December 2015
The act of one nation abducting the citizens of another is recognised by the United Nations as a crime against humanity.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 November 2015
The US-led war in Syria and Iraq is rapidly evolving into a regional proxy war drawing in all of the world’s major powers.
By Robert Stevens, 30 November 2015
The central aim of the demonstration was to divert antiwar sentiment behind the dead end of support for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By our reporters, 30 November 2015
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with some of those attending Saturday’s protests against the bombing of Syria.
By Chris Marsden, 28 November 2015
Washington is responding to the shoot-down of the Russian jet by provocatively escalating its funding of proxy forces fighting Russia.
By Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—German section of the ICFI, 28 November 2015
The decision of the German government to participate in the war in Syria marks a new stage in the resurgence of German militarism.
By Stéphane Hugues, 28 November 2015
Hollande’s meeting with Vladimir Putin took place two days after Turkish fighters shot down a Russian bomber along the Syrian-Turkish border.
By Julie Hyland, 28 November 2015
Labour leader Corbyn is avoiding any conflict with the right wing in his party, while downplaying the danger of a third world war set in motion through the Syrian conflict.
By Peter Symonds, 27 November 2015
US strategists have long regarded the Eurasian landmass as the key to world domination and view China and Russia as the chief obstacles to American ambitions.
By Alex Lantier, 26 November 2015
The decision to shoot down the Russian bomber was the result of a standing order issued at the highest levels of the Turkish state.
By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2015
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the German ruling elite is accelerating its shift to an aggressive foreign policy.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 November 2015
The US is launching new military operations along the Turkish border amid signs of a US-French-Russian rapprochement over Syria.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 17 November 2015
Hollande’s announcements make clear that he intends to modify the French constitution to give the government the power to impose an indefinite state of emergency.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2015
Terrorism, from the standpoint of the American state, is a useful tactic when directed against Washington’s enemies. It is merely part of the cost of doing business when it hits the US and its allies.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 November 2015
US A-10s and AC-130s launched saturation attacks with 500 pound bombs and 30mm machine guns against a convoy of some 300 trucks allegedly carrying ISIS-produced oil.
By Johannes Stern, 17 November 2015
Right-wing circles in German politics and the media are exploiting the shock over the attacks in Paris to make increasingly explicit appeals for authoritarianism and militarism.
By Chris Marsden, 17 November 2015
Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, cancelled plans to make a speech defending his previously stated opposition to British escalation in Syria.
By Jordan Shilton, 17 November 2015
The assassination of Mohammed Emwazi was the third incident in less than three months in which UK forces have been involved in the killing of British citizens.
By Roger Jordan, 17 November 2015
Broad sections of the ruling elite have seized on the Paris attacks to demand the Liberals renege on their election pledge to end the Canadian military’s bombing of Iraq and Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 11 November 2015
The US war in Iraq and Syria requires ground troops to “occupy” and “govern territory,” US Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Tuesday.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 November 2015
The US jets are designed for air-to-air battles against other high-tech fighters and have not been previously deployed to the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2015
Erdoğan’s AKP government is a regime of crisis. The wars carried out by the US and its imperialist allies have shattered the social and political structures of the entire region.
By Julie Hyland, 4 November 2015
Differences within the ruling class over Britain’s strategy in Syria have become even more pronounced since parliament voted against airstrikes in 2013.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2015
Ahmed Chalabi, the convicted embezzler who played a leading role in providing the phony “intelligence” used to justify the US invasion of Iraq, died Tuesday of a heart attack in Baghdad.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2015
Repudiating his repeated rejection of “boots on the ground,” Obama is sending in troops not to fight terrorism, but to counter Russia.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 October 2015
Supposedly democratic governments have moved to strengthen their security forces, seal off borders, build internment camps and dispatch vulnerable refugees back to the war zones from which they fled.
By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2015
The televised circus in Washington covered up the real issue: the alliance of the US government with Al Qaeda forces in regime-change operations in both Libya and Syria.
By Peter Schwarz, 21 October 2015
With the influx of refugees seeking to escape the living hell created by imperialism in the Middle East, the reality of war has arrived in the centre of Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2015
Whatever the nationality of the fighter jet that nearly collided with a Russian jetliner near Geneva, it is clear that a serious diplomatic incident occurred.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 October 2015
The pledge of increased military aid comes amid the Zionist state’s increasingly brutal crackdown on Palestinians within both the occupied territories and Israel itself.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2015
The Democratic candidate for president refused to rule out unilateral US military action.
By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2015
The airstrike on Raqqa is a decisive step in the degeneration of bourgeois democracy in France.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 October 2015
In the wake of the October 3 massacre at the Doctors Without Borders hospital, details have emerged exposing a war crime for which the entire political establishment is responsible.
By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2015
Israeli security forces have killed 37 Palestinians since October 1, mostly teenage youth shot down for throwing rocks at Israeli police and soldiers.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2015
The lack of any organized expression of the overwhelming popular opposition to war is bound up with the right-wing evolution of the socio-political layer that makes up the pseudo-left.
By Benjamin Hader and Ute Reissner, 14 October 2015
The refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa have been left to their fate by the Hamburg Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Greens.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2015
The plan floated by the White House could quickly bring US warplanes into direct confrontation with Russia’s forces in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2015
The demand that Moscow confine its airstrikes to ISIS targets amounts to a tacit defense of the Al-Nusra Front, the main fighting force against the Assad government.
Nine months after the official end of combat operations
By Thomas Gaist, 3 October 2015
The intensified combat operations come just days after the Pentagon announced plans to station at least 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan through 2017.
By Barry Grey, 30 September 2015
The twists and turns of US policy reflect massive contradictions in Washington’s Middle East agenda and fierce divisions within the foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment.
By Niles Williamson, 30 September 2015
The bloodbath near Mocha was the deadliest civilian massacre so far in the assault backed by the United States.
By Nick Beams, 28 September 2015
The mounting geo-political tensions that dominate the United Nations assembly are fuelled by the economic breakdown of world capitalism.
By Alex Lantier, 28 September 2015
This act of war not only intensifies the bloodshed in Syria and the misery of millions of Syrian refugees, it threatens to provoke a military conflict with Syria’s main backer, Russia.
By Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2015
The talks, the first since 2013, come amid signals by the Obama administration that it is open to a deal with Russia aimed at forging a transitional regime in Syria.
By Niles Williamson, 21 September 2015
The six-month reign of death and destruction spearheaded by Saudi Arabia in Yemen would not be possible without the backing of American imperialism, which is seeking to assert its hegemony over the entire Middle East.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 September 2015
Obama administration officials have signaled their willingness to accept a deal with Russia that would leave Syria’s Assad in power, at least temporarily.
By Johannes Stern, 21 September 2015
The expansion of Germany’s military operations in the Mediterranean is aimed at preparing a comprehensive military deployment in Africa.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015
The SEP condemns the government’s decision to expand its involvement in the US-led war in the Middle East by authorising air strikes in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2015
Half of those surveyed oppose US airstrikes, and only 21 percent believe their lives are better now than before the Western-orchestrated civil war in Syria.
By Julie Hyland, 10 September 2015
The policy of targeted assassination, begun in Israel, is now part of an international trend in which governments compete for bragging rights over their “hits.”
By Niles Williamson, 10 September 2015
The escalation of the bloody assault on Yemen follows a White House meeting last weekend between Saudi King Salman and Obama.
By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2015
The Abbott government is seeking to exploit the refugee crisis to silence opposition to its decision to join the US-led air war inside Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 8 September 2015
In a nationally televised press conference, French President François Hollande called for stepped-up bombing in Syria and the ousting of Syrian President Assad.
By Niles Williamson, 5 September 2015
While the deal is ostensibly aimed at easing Saudi concerns over the US-Iran nuclear deal, it also facilitates the escalation of the Saudi monarchy’s bloody assault on Yemen.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2015
The previously secret “targeted killing” program appears to be aimed at beheading ISIS.
In wake of bloody factory bombing
By Niles Williamson, 1 September 2015
Five months of airstrikes, facilitated by US military intelligence and logistical support, have been supplemented by a growing ground invasion by Saudi and UAE military forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 August 2015
ISIS and the current bloodshed across Syria and Iraq are the direct products of acts of sociocide on the part of US imperialism.
By James Cogan, 22 August 2015
Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.
By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2015
Reports released this week document the devastating impact of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen, which has killed hundreds of children and limited access to food, water and medicine.
By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2015
The Pentagon plans to increase the number of drone flights around the globe to 90 per day, significantly expanding its aerial killing and surveillance capabilities.
By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015
Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 11 August 2015
Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi’s political reforms are based on a strategy worked out in coordination with the Obama administration during the opening months of 2015.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015
The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.