War Drive in the Middle East

Turkish threats against Kurds set stage for ground invasion of Syria

By Halil Celik, 20 February 2016

The Turkish government is escalating its accusations that Syrian Kurdish forces carried out Wednesday’s terror bombing in Ankara.

Syriza-led Greek government takes its place in US war drive alongside Israel

By John Vassilopoulos and Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2016

The pseudo-left Syriza government is backing US plans to dominate the energy-rich Eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia pushes for alliance with Turkey and Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 19 February 2016

Saudi efforts to effect reconciliation between Egypt and Turkey come in the wake of last December’s agreement to restore diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey.

Obama lectures Russia on Syrian “quagmire”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2016

If there is a “quagmire” in the Middle East, it is of Washington’s creation, the product of unending wars for regime change aimed at imposing US hegemony over the region and its vast energy resources.

Obama lectures Russia on Syrian “quagmire”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2016

If there is a “quagmire” in the Middle East, it is of Washington’s creation, the product of unending wars for regime change aimed at imposing US hegemony over the region and its vast energy resources.

Syria fighting escalates as ceasefire deadline approaches

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2016

The intensifying clashes on the Syrian-Turkish border have placed the five-year-old conflict in Syria on a hair trigger for provoking a global confrontation.

Washington denounces Russia, backs escalation of Syria war

By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2016

The NATO powers are supporting plans for a Turkish and Saudi invasion of Syria that could engulf the entire Middle East in war and trigger a global conflict.

Regional tensions and falling oil prices deepen crisis of Saudi monarchy

By Jean Shaoul, 15 February 2016

The Saudi monarchy is seeking to impose onto the working class the full cost of the deepening economic crisis and its disastrous military interventions.

Syrian war continues after Munich deal

By Bill Van Auken, 13 February 2016

The agreement on a cessation of hostilities and humanitarian aid cannot paper over the diametrically opposed aims of Washington and Moscow.

The US “Plan B” for Syria and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 12 February 2016

With the war for regime change in Syria on the ropes, Washington and its allies are in feverish discussions over implementing a “Plan B” of direct military intervention.

Canada’s media pushes for more military spending, bigger Mideast war role

By Roger Jordan, 12 February 2016

The Trudeau government is significantly expanding Canada’s role in the Mideast war, yet the media is criticizing it for not acting even more aggressively in alliance with Washington.

New York Times vents recriminations over Syria debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2016

Roger Cohen’s hysterical column expresses rage within sections of the military and intelligence apparatus over the fate of the US regime-change operation.

Threat of wider war looms as Saudi monarchy proposes Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 6 February 2016

The deployment of Saudi troops on the pretext of fighting the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq would inevitably be aimed at toppling the Assad government.

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2016

The opening of the talks was overshadowed by a vicious bombing attack on a Shia shrine outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Netherlands to begin bombing Islamic State in Syria

By Josh Varlin, 2 February 2016

Prime Minister Rutte’s announcement of the decision to begin bombing ISIS in Syria marks a dramatic escalation of the Netherlands’ involvement in the US-led campaign.

Sweden announces plans to deport up to 80,000 refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 29 January 2016

Sweden’s announcement came the same day as Human Rights Watch published a scathing indictment of the curtailment of democratic rights in Europe in response to the refugee crisis.

On eve of Syria “peace talks,” Washington threatens escalation across region

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.

Turkish invasion threat escalates Syrian conflict

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2016

The reports of Turkish incursions into northern Syria come amid heightened tensions between Ankara and Moscow.

“Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation

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

Desert Slaughter: The Imperialist War Against Iraq—an enduring contribution to waging war on 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.

Washington invokes hunger to promote war in Syria

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.

Pentagon chief outlines plan for escalation of Iraq-Syria war

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.

US Navy vessels impounded in Iranian waters

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.

Turkey and Western powers escalate war rhetoric in response to Istanbul attack

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.

Yemen: Five medical staff dead in third bombing of Doctors Without Borders facilities

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.

The New York Times and “human rights” imperialism in Syria

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.

Federal prosecutors claim two US Palestinians are linked to terrorism

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.

US-armed Saudi coalition cancels ceasefire, renews military onslaught in Yemen

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.

Middle East tensions escalate in wake of Saudi mass beheadings

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.

US threatens new sanctions on Iran

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.

US military to expand global operations in 2016

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.

US-backed Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi from ISIS

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.

US air strike kills 12 Iraqi civilians

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.

NZ Labour leader calls for “troops on the ground” to fight ISIS

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.

Canadian Special Forces battle ISIS militants as calls grow for expanded war

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.

UN resolution papers over deep divisions on Syria

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.

Saudi Arabia and the “war on terror”

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.

Obama vows expanded war in Syria

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.

London anti-war demonstration participants speak out against war

By our reporters, 14 December 2015

A number of those attending the demonstration against the British bombing of Syria spoke to the WSWS.

Saudi-orchestrated gathering of Syrian “rebels” ends in disarray

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.

US air strike kills 36 Syrian civilians, including 20 children

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.

UK Labour right wing tries to silence opposition to war

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.”

Calls grow for deployment of German ground troops in Syria

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.

Syria claims US airstrikes targeted government forces

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.

The new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

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.

UK parliament sanctions Syria bombing as Labour right blocks with government

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.”

Israel’s covert involvement in Syria conflict to escalate

By Jean Shaoul, 3 December 2015

Israel’s preparation for more overt involvement in Syria coincides with its stepped-up repression of the Palestinians.

US announces expeditionary force for combat in Syria

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.

UK prepares military action against Syria after Corbyn clears the path

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.

New York Times covers up US responsibility for ISIS surge in Libya

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.

Corbyn opens door to Labour backing for British bombing of Syria

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.

NATO and Turkey defend shoot-down of Russian jet

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.

Government attempts to avoid court hearing into UK complicity in rendition

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.

US and European powers prepare military escalation in Iraq, Syria

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.

UK’s Stop the War Coalition: A bogus antiwar movement in the service of the Labour Party

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.

“Cameron wants a piece of the profits from the oil like Tony Blair before with Iraq”

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.

Putin accuses US of colluding in downing of Russian plane

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.

No to German intervention in Syria!

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.

French President Hollande proposes anti-ISIS alliance in Syria to Russia

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.

Labour split over UK Syria intervention

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.

Syria and the South China Sea: Two flashpoints for world war

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.

US-Russian tensions surge after Turkey downs Russian jet

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.

German government preparing military intervention in Syria

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.

US and Turkey planning new military operations along Syrian border

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.

French president exploits terror attacks to suspend democratic rights

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.

After the Paris terror attacks: A drumbeat for military escalation and internal repression

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.

US planes destroy civilian fuel tankers in raid over Syria

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.

German media brays for war and dictatorship after Paris attacks

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.

Citing Paris attacks, Jeremy Corbyn retreats from critique of UK foreign policy

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.

Prime Minister Cameron boasts of UK role in targeted assassination of “Jihadi John”

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.

Trudeau commits Canada to major role in Mideast war

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.

US escalates air and ground operations in 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.

US deploys F-15s to Syria, targeting Russian jets

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.

Turkey after the elections

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.

Parliamentary committee warns Cameron against UK military involvement in Syria

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.

Who was Ahmed Chalabi?

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.

Obama orders Special Forces troops into Syria

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.

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

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.

Clinton testifies before House Benghazi committee

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.

The refugee crisis, war and socialism

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.

Russia summons French ambassador over near-miss in European air space

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.

US military chief pledges increased support as Israel steps up attacks on Palestinians

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.

Bernie Sanders endorses Obama’s decision to keep troops in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2015

The Democratic candidate for president refused to rule out unilateral US military action.

French airstrike on Syria was targeted killing of a French citizen

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2015

The airstrike on Raqqa is a decisive step in the degeneration of bourgeois democracy in France.

The Afghan hospital bombing: An imperialist war crime

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.

Obama backs Israeli crackdown in Jerusalem

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.

The strange death of the antiwar movement

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.

Volunteer for refugees in Hamburg: “If we do not do the work, no one will”

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.

US to give arms, air support to Islamist militias in Syria

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.

US, allies blast Russia for attacking Al Qaeda 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

US Special Forces fight Taliban militants in Kunduz, Afghanistan

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.

Obama-Putin meeting highlights crisis of US policy in Syria

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.

Saudi-led air strike on wedding party in Yemen kills at least 131

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.

War clouds loom over UN General Assembly

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.

France launches bombing campaign in Syria

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.

Obama, Putin to meet at UN talks on Syria, Ukraine

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.

Yemen: A war crime made in America

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.

US, Russia discuss possible coordination, political settlement in Syria

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.

Germany expands its military intervention in the Mediterranean Sea

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.

Withdraw all Australian military forces from Syria and the Middle East!

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.