The 2013 alleged sarin gas attack in Syria: A pretext for war
By Niles Niemuth, 16 December 2019
The latest round of revelations makes clear that the US-led regime change operation in Syria has been based on a pack of lies.
By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2014
Seymour Hersh reported that the gas attack on Ghouta last August was staged with the assistance of Turkey to bring the US into the Syrian war.
By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2014
Citing numerous US intelligence and military sources, Hersh reports that the Obama administration was prepared to launch massive air strikes against Syria on the basis of lies.
By Patrick O’Connor, 16 December 2013
The US-backed, Islamist-dominated “rebel” militias are responsible for multiple chemical attacks against Syrian soldiers and civilians.
By Keith Jones, 13 December 2013
The United States and Britain have suspended military aid to the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army—their proxy force in the war to overthrow the Assad government.
By Barry Grey, 11 December 2013
The response of the American media to Hersh’s authoritative exposure of US government criminality has been to bury it.
By Barry Grey, 10 December 2013
Hersh’s detailed account exposes as a calculated fraud the propaganda churned out by the administration and uncritically repeated by the media to provide a pretext for a military attack on Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2013
On Monday, the New York Times carried an article on the death of Abdulkader al-Saleh, the leader of the Tawhid (“Monotheism”) opposition militia in Syria.
By Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2013
The accused faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for allegedly seeking to join an Al Qaeda-linked organization in Syria backed by the CIA and heavily funded by US allies.
By Katerina Selin, 6 November 2013
The pseudo-left SYRIZA is providing political cover for major financiers who fund the fascist Golden Dawn party.
By Chris Marsden, 4 November 2013
The most dramatic expression of regional powers’ anger with the US policy shift on war with Syria was Israel’s October 30 air strike on Syrian targets near Latakia.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2013
The strikes targeted military installations near Latakia and Damascus in an apparent attempt to destroy anti-aircraft missile systems.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2013
Many refugees who have died off the Italian island of Lampedusa are fleeing imperialist wars in countries like Libya, Syria and Somalia.
By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2013
In an offensive near Lattakia in early August, US-backed Syrian opposition forces slaughtered hundreds of civilians in a sectarian-based massacre.
By Keith Jones, 11 October 2013
Iran has rejected US preconditions for its participation in international talks on a “political solution” to the war in Syria—the so-called Geneva Two conference.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2013
The local population, unwilling bystanders to the armed conflict between Al Qaeda fanatics and vicious criminals, only want them all to go away and leave them alone.
By Chris Marsden, 3 October 2013
The Guardian has reported details of a massacre and atrocities carried out in August by US-and British-backed Syrian opposition forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2013
Combining a doctrine of aggressive war with proposals for negotiations with Iran and Syria, Obama’s speech underscored his administration’s crisis in the face of popular opposition to military intervention.
By Alex Lantier, 26 September 2013
Free Syrian Army forces have issued a joint statement with Al Qaeda-linked groups rejecting the political leadership of the Syrian National Coalition.
By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2013
Russian foreign minister Lavrov accused Washington of blackmailing Moscow, by threatening to pull out of the US-Russia deal on Syria’s chemical weapons.
By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2013
US officials are preparing a possible meeting between Iranian President Rouhani and President Obama at the UN General Assembly next week.
By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2013
The Russian foreign minister said he would table evidence in the UN Security Council showing that anti-Assad militias carried out the chemical weapons attack.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2013
The lying and cynical coverage by the New York Times of the issue of chemical weapons in Syria underscores the extraordinary integration of the media into the operations of the state.
By Adam Soroka and Kate Randall, 18 September 2013
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to students and workers in Maryland and Massachusetts about the threat of war against Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2013
The US and its two key allies Monday stressed the threat of force against Syria if Damascus fails to adhere strictly to the demands contained in a chemical weapons agreement.
By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2013
Domenico Quirico, a journalist for Italy’s La Stampa newspaper who was held 152 days by US-backed Syrian opposition forces, recounted his captivity in an editorial this weekend in La Stampa and in the British Guardian. Though he initially supported opposition forces, Quirico now confirms widespread reports of the criminal character of the opposition.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2013
The deal reached between the US and Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons has not put an end to the US war drive in the Middle East, but only sets the stage for a more violent eruption of American militarism.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 September 2013
To provide Washington with a casus belli, Israel has for months claimed that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons.
By Tom Peters, 16 September 2013
Prime Minister Key has already indicated that New Zealand would give “moral support” for US strikes on Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2013
While claiming to favor a “diplomatic path” over war in Syria, the Obama administration is using the negotiations on a chemical weapons deal to renew its drive toward military strikes.
By Alex Lantier, 13 September 2013
As US and Russian officials arrived in Geneva yesterday for talks on Syria, US officials reported that they were arming Syria’s far-right Islamist opposition forces.
By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2013
It is the same modus operandi that the White House gangsters used to obtain UN support for imposing a no-fly zone and waging war in Libya.
By Alex Lantier, 12 September 2013
After US-backed Syrian opposition forces released Italian journalist Domenico Quirico and Belgian academic Pierre Piccinin from captivity Sunday, Piccinin told Belgium’s RTL television Monday that the opposition had carried out the chemical attacks in Ghouta.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 September 2013
The Obama administration scrambled Monday to preserve its pretext for war after a remark by Secretary of State Kerry inviting Syria’s Assad regime to turn over its chemical weapons.
By Julie Hyland, 10 September 2013
The press conference of US Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague shows that Washington and London are preparing yet another war for regime change in the Middle East based on lies.
By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2013
Western-backed Islamist rebel forces returned to the historic Syrian town of Maaloula, destroying parts of it and killing scores of its inhabitants.
By Kumaran Ira, 10 September 2013
After the G20 summit in St Petersburg, which was dominated by sharp differences over war in Syria between Russia and the US, French President François Hollande announced Friday that he would address the public this week about French participation in the war.
By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2013
The Pentagon is preparing much wider attacks on Syria than the White House has suggested.
By Alex Lantier, 9 September 2013
The US government and media are preparing a massive propaganda blitz to intimidate popular opposition and stampede the public into a far-reaching Middle East war.
By Barry Grey and Tom Carter, 7 September 2013
The US drive to war presents a spectacle of international gangsterism and lying not seen since the heyday of the military dictatorships and fascist regimes of the 1930s.
By Andre Damon, 7 September 2013
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality interviewed students at Wayne State University Friday while building for a demonstration next week against the war in Syria.
By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron’s declaration that the US should launch a military strike against Syria, irrespective of UN approval, is testament to the lawlessness that pervades ruling circles.
By Alex Lantier, 6 September 2013
The threat of a major war and deep US-Russian tensions over Syria have overshadowed the St. Petersburg G20 summit of leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2013
The impending US aggression against Syria underscores the fraud of Washington’s war on terror, whose main achievement has been the toppling of secular Arab regimes hostile to Al Qaeda.
By Johannes Stern, 6 September 2013
As the imperialist powers prepare for war against Syria, their Islamist proxies on the ground are intensifying their murderous campaign of ethnic and sectarian cleansing.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 September 2013
Ten years ago in the war against Iraq, almost all Eastern European countries supported the “coalition of the willing” led by the US and the UK. Today the picture is very different.
By Barry Grey and Thomas Gaist, 5 September 2013
The resolution passed by the Senate committee explodes the White House’s lying pretense that it is preparing only a “limited” and “narrowly targeted” intervention.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2013
Obama’s bid for international support for US military aggression against Syria appeared to be gaining little ground as he headed for Russia.
By Andre Damon, 4 September 2013
Leading members of Congress are quickly falling behind the Obama administration as part of the government’s propaganda blitz aimed at browbeating the population into accepting an unpopular war.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 September 2013
The US administration’s turn to Congress on Syria signals the launching of a war that goes far beyond what the US and world public have been led to expect.
By Peter Symonds, 3 September 2013
The US Congress is preparing to rubberstamp another illegal war of aggression, as claims that the action will be “limited” are quickly being exposed.
By Julie Hyland, 3 September 2013
Leading figures in the UK government and opposition Labour Party are set on overturning last week’s parliamentary vote against British involvement in a war against Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 3 September 2013
The French intelligence brief for war against Syria is a collection of lies and unsubstantiated assertions.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 September 2013
The pro-imperialist character of both Socialist Alternative and Socialist Alliance has been definitively established in their support for US-led gangsterism in the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2013
President Obama announced Saturday he was submitting legislation to authorize a military attack on the Mideast country.
Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 September 2013
The SEP and the ICFI call on workers and youth in the United States, Europe and throughout the world to mobilize their collective strength against the plans of the Obama administration and its allies for a military assault on Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2013
News reports link the Ghouta chemical attack to US-backed opposition forces, not to the Syrian regime as alleged by US war propaganda.
By our reporters, 2 September 2013
SEP Senate candidates addressed “Hands off Syria” rallies in Brisbane and Melbourne last Saturday
By Peter Symonds, 2 September 2013
The Rudd government has provided crucial political support for the Obama administration’s war plans following the no vote in the British parliament.
By our reporters, 2 September 2013
Anti-war protesters in London and Leeds spoke to WSWS reporters on Saturday
By Robert Stevens, 2 September 2013
Stop the War Coalition promotes illusions that Thursday’s parliamentary defeat of the government’s pro-war motion means the danger of an attack on Syria has passed.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2013
The case for war laid out by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Obama represents a compendium of lies and hypocrisy.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 August 2013
The Obama administration is moving rapidly forward to launch a war against Syria in the face of mass popular opposition.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 31 August 2013
The overwhelming opinion in the country is that nothing said by the government can be trusted and nothing justifies another bloody military adventure.
By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2013
The day after the British parliament voted against military action in Syria, French President François Hollande of the Socialist Party pledged continuing support for the US war drive against Syria, a former French colony.
By John Chan, 31 August 2013
While Beijing has officially called for caution, sections of the Chinese media are calling for active opposition to a US war on Syria.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 30 August 2013
The British parliament’s vote against military intervention in Syria leaves the war drive against Syria of the United States and its allies totally discredited.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2013
In their attempt to make a case for a US attack on Syria, the Obama administration and the US media find no lie too stupid, no contradiction too glaring.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 August 2013
Anonymous officials within the state bureaucracy told the Associated Press that government claims about Syrian chemical weapons use are “no slam dunk.”
By Thomas Gaist and Alex Lantier, 29 August 2013
As their case for war with Syria collapses, US and British officials are promising to present evidence, while continuing to prepare for war.
By Peter Schwarz, 29 August 2013
Both the German government and the parliamentary opposition are supporting the war against Syria, and they have agreed to try to keep the topic out of the election campaign.
By Thomas Gaist, 28 August 2013
The US and its imperialist co-conspirators in Britain, France and Germany intend to destroy the Assad regime’s military capabilities, eliminate its ability to resist the proxy “rebel” forces, and bring about regime-change.
By David North and Alex Lantier, 28 August 2013
The Syrian war must be seen not as a disconnected event, but as part of an escalating crisis of the international capitalist system.
By Ulrich Rippert, 28 August 2013
Liberal newspapers in Germany are spreading shameless propaganda in favor of war against Syria.
On the eve of war with Syria
By Alex Lantier, 27 August 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement preparing public opinion for a war with Syria recalls his predecessor Colin Powell’s infamous 2003 presentation falsely claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
By Alex Lantier, 26 August 2013
The allegations concocted to justify a war of aggression against Syria are no less grotesque than the lies used ten years ago to justify the US invasion of Iraq.
On pretext of chemical attack
By Barry Grey, 24 August 2013
The preparations for direct US military action come amidst a propaganda barrage by the government and the media using still unsubstantiated reports of a chemical weapons attack to justify an escalation of the imperialist-led sectarian war.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 August 2013
Imperialist-backed Islamist forces have killed hundreds of Syrian Kurds, inflaming the war and further destabilizing Turkey.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 August 2013
Though the Western powers have yet to confirm the nature of the attack or produce any evidence linking it to the Assad regime, there are mounting demands for military intervention.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2013
The timing of the charges that the Assad regime carried out a chemical attack, just as UN inspectors began operating in Syria, suggests a staged provocation.