War Drive in the Middle East
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 18 October 2017
Washington, Germany and other powers are applying immense diplomatic pressure on the Kurdish region to submit.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Niles Niemuth, 15 August 2017
The epidemic, which has claimed more than 2,000 lives since April, is the result of the savage war being waged by Saudi Arabia in alliance with the United States.
By Alex Lantier, 5 August 2017
This mission points to the rising danger of a new imperialist intervention in Libya carried out by competing European powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2017
The Trump administration’s unceremonious pulling of the plug on the CIA’s billion-dollar regime-change operation has exposed the real role of the pseudo-left promoters of the Syrian “revolution.”
By Jean Shaoul, 2 August 2017
Israel’s ultra-nationalists feel emboldened by Trump’s apparent support for Israel, as part of his attempt to build a regional alliance against Iran..
By Bill Van Auken, 31 July 2017
The strategy of the Trump White House and Pentagon is to provoke Iran either into abrogating the nuclear accord, or into an outright military clash with the US.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 July 2017
Two weeks after the Iraqi government hailed Mosul’s “liberation,” the criminal nature of the mass slaughter there continues to emerge.
By Isaac Finn, 28 July 2017
On July 8, the FBI arrested Sergeant First Class Ikaika Erik Kang in a sting operation involving agents posing as ISIS recruiters.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 July 2017
Trump’s bellicose remarks came just days after he reluctantly agreed to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 July 2017
The ending of the CIA’s arming and funding of Al Qaeda-linked “rebels” signals not an end to conflict or rapprochement with Moscow, but is part of the preparations for wider war.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 July 2017
The sheer scale of the killing makes the siege one of the greatest war crimes of the post-World War II era.
By Halil Celik, 21 July 2017
By obtaining its first long-range air and anti-missile defense system from Russia, Turkey could conceivably close its skies to NATO fighters if necessary.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 July 2017
While the bulk of the US media has moved on, after proclaiming “victory” over ISIS in the Iraqi city, evidence of war crimes and collective punishment is mounting.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2017
The top US general in Iraq signaled that US forces will remain deployed there long after ISIS is defeated.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2017
The crimes carried out against the people of Mosul are on a Hitlerian scale, with tens of thousands killed or wounded and close to one million people driven from their homes.
By Niles Niemuth, 4 July 2017
An outbreak of cholera caused by the multi-year assault led by Saudi Arabia on the impoverished country has sickened a quarter million Yemenis and killed more than 1,500.
By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2017
Just days before the G20 summit in Hamburg, and in the midst of the Qatar crisis, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel traveled to the Arabian Peninsula.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2017
The UK is already up to its neck in the US-led operation to topple the Assad regime, including covert and illegal military operations on the ground.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 July 2017
The same corporate media that praised the US missile strike against Syria has blacked out Hersh’s exposure that its pretext, an alleged chemical weapons attack, is a lie.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2017
Baghdad’s Pyrrhic victory in conquering the demolished al-Nuri mosque has not ended the fighting in Mosul, much less the armed conflict across Iraq, Syria and beyond.
By Peter Symonds, 29 June 2017
The standoff in the Gulf has led to an open rift in Washington as Secretary of State Tillerson seeks to end the conflict triggered by President Trump’s support for Saudi action against Qatar.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2017
The deadly strike on Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province Monday is bound up with Washington’s increasingly aggressive military intervention in the region.
By Andre Damon, 28 June 2017
The spurious White House claims that the Syrian government is preparing to use chemical weapons have yet again gone unquestioned in the US media.
By Niles Niemuth, 27 June 2017
The brutal torture regime began during the Obama administration and continues under President Donald Trump.
By Peter Symonds, 26 June 2017
The Saudi-led ultimatum to Qatar contains demands deliberately designed to be rejected, providing the pretext for even tougher sanctions and military action.
By Peter Symonds, 24 June 2017
Qatar has been given 10 days to agree to a sweeping list of demands that would transform it into a political vassal of Saudi Arabia.
Amid threat of US-Russia clash in Syria
By Barry Grey, 22 June 2017
Any one of the virtually daily NATO-Russian encounters in the air could result in a fire-fight or collision, whether by intention or accident, which could quickly ignite a full-scale war between nuclear powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2017
The seriousness of the rising tensions between Washington and Moscow was underscored Tuesday with Australia’s announcement that it is grounding its planes that have been flying over Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2017
In the wake of Sunday’s US shoot-down of a Syrian jet, Moscow has announced it will treat any US aircraft flying over the western part of Syria as a hostile target.
By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2017
The US is prepared to resort to the most reckless means to defend its footholds in Syria and lay the basis for a broader war.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2017
US-backed Iraqi forces began their siege of Mosul eight months ago. Since then, thousands of Iraqi civilians have died under US bombs, rockets and shells.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2017
UN war crimes investigators found that the US military has inflicted a “staggering loss of civilian life” with its relentless airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2017
Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless claims of Russian interference in the election, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional or even global conflagration.
By Jordan Shilton, 12 June 2017
Sigmar Gabriel’s warning over the Saudi-led diplomatic blockade of Qatar demonstrates the deepening inter-imperialist rivalries in the region, which threaten to transform the dispute into a war between the major powers.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 June 2017
As the US escalated the war in Syria, divisions between Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson broke out Friday over Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic isolation of Qatar.
By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017
With the tacit consent of imperialist powers in Europe, Turkey is siding with Qatar in a conflict with Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration.
By Keith Jones, 8 June 2017
Iranian authorities charged that Saudi Arabia and Washington orchestrated yesterday’s attack, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.
By Keith Jones, 6 June 2017
Backed by Egypt and its closest Gulf State allies, Saudi Arabia has announced a series of measures against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich neighbor, that stop just short of war.
By James Cogan, 30 May 2017
Secretary of Defense Mattis implied that the “tactics” included the extra-judicial execution of wounded or captured alleged ISIS militants, which would constitute a war crime.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2017
The US president’s pretense that his policies will bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is transparent window-dressing for a policy of escalating militarism against Tehran.
By Niles Niemuth, 20 May 2017
Defense Secretary Mattis announced the plan, which would involve an escalation of the drive for US domination of the Middle East, as Trump prepared for his first foreign trip, beginning with Saudi Arabia.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 May 2017
The unsubstantiated claims appeared aimed at blocking any settlement within the context of a ceasefire brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran earlier this month.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2017
The Trump administration is arming the UAE and Saudi Arabia to the teeth as the two regimes wage a savage war against the starving population of Yemen.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2017
The announcement that the Pentagon will begin directly arming the Syrian Kurdish YPG came just a week before President Erodgan is set to visit the White House.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2017
The administration indicated it will review all sanctions lifted as part of the agreement, with an eye toward reimposing them on the phony pretext that Tehran is a “state sponsor” of terrorism.
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.”
By Bill Van Auken and David North, 14 April 2017
Even as the US government and media churned out war propaganda over the fabricated “chemical weapons” attack in Syria, Washington was preparing to drop its largest non-nuclear weapon.
By Mike Head, 14 April 2017
The media campaign, designed to silence public discussion about the latest US aggression, is a flagrant attack on the basic democratic right of free speech.
By Chris Marsden, 14 April 2017
The Guardian is arguing for continued pressure to be placed on Trump in order to extract the necessary quid pro quo from Washington in return for British and European support for the US war drive in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2017
Five hours of talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian officials left relations between the two major nuclear powers at what both sides described as a low point.
By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2017
All available evidence suggests that the tragedy in Khan Sheikhoun is a deliberate provocation organized by the American CIA and its clients among the Syrian “rebels.”
By Halil Celik, 12 April 2017
Top Turkish officials are insisting that last week’s US strike on Syria will have no impact unless Washington follows it up with a broader military campaign.