Middle East

Indefinite ceasefire commences in Gaza

By Peter Symonds, 27 August 2014

While the truce holds out the prospect of an end to Israel’s one-sided war on Gaza, the Israeli military remains poised to resume action at the slightest pretext.

Egypt, UAE conducted joint air strikes in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2014

Armed conflicts now extend across North Africa and the Middle East in a continuous band from Tripoli to Baghdad.

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2014

The vicious execution of the American journalist has been seized upon as the pretext for launching new US wars of aggression in the Middle East.

Obama authorises a new air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2014

Once again, US imperialism is playing the humanitarian card—the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi minority—to justify its predatory aims.

Turkey to hold first popular election for president

By Halil Celik, 8 August 2014

Behind the turn to a popular election, all the major parties are lining up behind the ruling class’s drive toward authoritarian rule and war.

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2 August 2014

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US boosts missile sales to Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 1 August 2014

The deal is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to shore up the Baghdad regime and US interests in the region.

US rearms Israel as its war crimes mount in Gaza

By Mike Head, 31 July 2014

The Pentagon’s announcement laid bare the hypocrisy of the Obama administration’s expressions of “concern” about Israel’s killing of Palestinian civilians.

ISIS: The jihadist movement stamped “Made in America”

By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2014

The US, the major European powers, and their regional allies all previously lent financial, military and political support to ISIS and similar groups.

Pakistan’s government mobilises the army in Islamabad

By K. Ratnayake, 29 July 2014

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s move amounts to establishing military rule in the capital.

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25 July 2014

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European Union backs Israel’s Gaza offensive

By Chris Marsden, 24 July 2014

Ever since the Balkan wars of the 1990s, the EU has taken part in wars for regime-change in the name of “human rights.”

Oppose the Israeli invasion of Gaza

By Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 July 2014

The aim of the offensive is to carry out mass killings and inflict mass destruction, leaving Gaza a smoking ruin.

Relations collapse between Iraqi government and Kurdish region

By James Cogan, 12 July 2014

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused the Kurdish leadership of being part of a conspiracy with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Israel warns of imminent ground invasion of Gaza

By Mike Head, 11 July 2014

The Israeli offensive is being intensified with the clear backing of the Obama administration.

Thousands demonstrate at funeral of slain Palestinian youth

By Barry Grey, 5 July 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would delay any major military escalation for 24 hours while cease-fire talks with Hamas continued.

US general suggests re-invasion of Iraq if “national interests drive us there”

By James Cogan, 4 July 2014

Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.

Israel attacks Palestinian territories after bodies of missing youth discovered

By James Cogan, 1 July 2014

From the time the boys disappeared, Netanyahu and his government shamelessly exploited their fate.

Region-wide war threatens as Iraqi state disintegrates

By James Cogan, 27 June 2014

Iraq’s prime minister has turned toward enlisting the assistance of Shiite militias, the Iranian Shiite regime and Russia.

General cites official request from Iraqi government for US air strikes against Sunni insurgents

By James Cogan, 19 June 2014

The main factor in the success of the Sunni uprising has been the influx into Iraq of ISIS fighters who were financed and armed with Washington’s support to overthrow the government in Syria.

Saudi Arabia warns of civil war in Iraq with “unpredictable consequences”

By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2014

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states helped fund and fuel the sectarian war in Syria that has now spilled into Iraq.

The crisis in Iraq and the response of the Turkish ruling class

By Halil Celik, 19 June 2014

The ISIS offensive in Iraq has revealed the corrupt and cynical character of the regional allies of American imperialism—first and foremost, the Turkish ruling class and its political representatives.

Civil war escalates in Iraq amid reports of sectarian massacres

By James Cogan, 16 June 2014

The events of the past week have starkly exposed the ethnic and sectarian fracturing of Iraq that was fomented during the US occupation.

The fall of Mosul and the crimes of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 June 2014

The fall of Mosul to Al Qaeda-linked militias underscores the crimes of US imperialism in Iraq and throughout the region.

Pakistan’s largest airport attacked by Taliban group

By Sampath Perera, 11 June 2014

The attacks were triggered by the Pakistan military’s provocative air raids in the tribal region, especially North Waziristan.

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30 May 2014

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Libya plunging towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2014

The coup bid by retired general Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army killed at least 79 and wounded more than 140 in attacks in the eastern port city of Benghazi and the capital Tripoli.

International talks on Iran’s nuclear program stall

By Peter Symonds, 20 May 2014

The US is insisting that Iran largely dismantle its nuclear facilities before crippling international sanctions are lifted.

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16 May 2014

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Missile strikes in Yemen, weapons to Syria

US steps up Mideast military interventions

By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2014

US wars and US-instigated civil wars have killed millions in the Middle East over the past two decades.

Military junta implements reign of terror in Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 16 April 2014

Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, is due to sign a new anti-terrorism bill that effectively outlaws all political opposition.

US-backed military junta in Egypt sentences 529 Brotherhood members to death

By Johannes Stern, 25 March 2014

The biggest mass death sentence in recent history marks another escalation in the ruthless efforts of the US-backed military junta in Egypt to annihilate its political opponents.

Wave of strikes by Egyptian textile workers

By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2014

Tens of thousands of textile workers in Mahalla and other industrial centers are on strike for higher wages and better working conditions.

US dictates terms in international talks with Iran

By Peter Symonds, 21 February 2014

The Vienna negotiations produced nothing more than a broad framework for further talks.

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14 February 2014

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Australian documentary reveals Israeli torture of Palestinian youth

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2014

The policy is aimed at terrorising the Palestinian population and suppressing any opposition to the Israeli occupation.

Obama renews threats as Syrian talks remain deadlocked

By Mike Head, 12 February 2014

Remarks by the US and French presidents indicate a shift to a more aggressive posture toward the Syrian government.

US threatens French companies with sanctions over Iran

By Peter Symonds, 7 February 2014

The Obama administration has reacted to the arrival of a major French business delegation in Tehran with barely disguised hostility.

Iraqi military bombs Fallujah ahead of ground assault

By Will Morrow, 4 February 2014

The government has delivered an ultimatum to anyone still inside the city to leave or be treated as a supporter of Al Qaeda-linked militias.

Pakistani court issues arrest warrant for ex-military dictator

By Sampath Perera, 1 February 2014

Behind the drawn-out legal wrangling over Musharraf’s treason trial lie sharp differences in the country’s ruling elite.

Three years of the Egyptian revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2014

On January 25, 2011, mass revolutionary struggles erupted in Egypt against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

Low turnout as Egypt’s US-backed junta holds constitutional referendum

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2014

The referendum is intended to provide a pseudo-legal cover for the junta’s July 3, 2013 coup and the restoration of authoritarian military rule as it existed under Mubarak.

The catastrophe unleashed by US imperialism in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2014

While the US pursues negotiations on Syria and Iran’s nuclear program to facilitate its “pivot to Asia,” the catastrophe that Washington has unleashed in the Middle East threatens to metastasize into a regional war.

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10 January 2014

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Iran offers major concessions to US and European oil giants

By Alan Leigh, 9 January 2014

The offer of lucrative energy contracts shows that much more is being discussed behind closed doors at international talks with Iran than its nuclear program.

Tunisian political parties resume “national dialogue,” vote on constitution

By Antoine Lerougetel and Johannes Stern, 8 January 2014

As the Tunisian Revolution approaches its third anniversary, the Tunisian ruling elite is resuming its “national dialogue” aimed at pre-empting renewed working class struggles.

The New York Times pronounces on destabilisation of the Middle East

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2014

The Middle East stands as proof of the malignant role of imperialism in imposing grinding poverty, brutal levels of exploitation and the ever growing danger of war.

US, Iran say they will not send troops to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2014

Washington and Tehran have both pledged support to the Maliki government in Iraq, while ruling out the deployment of troops in the escalating battle in Anbar province.

Protests hit Turkey as corruption probes target Erdogan government

By Johannes Stern, 31 December 2013

The government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming under increasing pressure from protesters at home and also faces growing international criticism.

Saudi Arabia angered by US-Iran rapprochement

By Jean Shaoul, 17 December 2013

The main thrust of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy—its opposition to Iran and the “Shia arc”—has been undermined by Washington.

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13 December 2013

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Momentum builds around US nuclear deal with Iran

By Keith Jones, 26 November 2013

The aim of US imperialism remains the securing of untrammeled dominance over Middle Eastern oil and the Eurasian land mass.

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22 November 2013

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Geneva talks on Iran’s nuclear programs extended

By Peter Symonds, 9 November 2013

Even an interim deal in Geneva faces considerable opposition among American allies in the Middle East and in the US Congress.

In run-up to nuclear talks

Iranians protest en masse against US aggression

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2013

The officially-sanctioned demonstration became a show of strength by sections of the Iranian elite wary of the new government’s attempted rapprochement with the US.

Geneva talks to restart on Iran’s nuclear program

By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2013

The Obama administration has signalled that there will be no significant reduction in the economic sanctions imposed on Iran.

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25 October 2013

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4 October 2013

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Obama, Netanyahu stress war against Iran “still on the table”

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2013

At a White House meeting largely overshadowed by the threat of a US government shutdown, Netanyahu pressed Obama to maintain sanctions and military threats against Iran.

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13 September 2013

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Growing calls for attack on Syria follow chemical weapons claims

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.

Bahrain gripped by renewed protests

By Jean Shaoul, 19 August 2013

It is no coincidence that the extraordinary measures taken by the Bahraini regime against protest demonstrations occurred at the same time as the massacre carried out by the military junta in Egypt.

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16 August 2013

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US launches new drone strikes against Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 8 August 2013

Under the cover of the global terror alert, the US is stepping up drone strikes against Yemen as a part of a wider intensification of military action in the Middle East.

Israeli-Palestinian talks a cover for US aggression in Middle East

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2013

The talks offer nothing to the Palestinian working class except more suffering and misery.

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26 July 2013

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19 July 2013

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US-backed opposition in Syria erupts into internal conflict

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2013

Rival factions of the US-backed groups fighting the Assad regime in Syria have engaged in a series of ambushes and assassinations over control and money.

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12 July 2013

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5 July 2013

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28 June 2013

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Syrian war threatens regional sectarian bloodbath

By Alex Lantier, 21 June 2013

Washington’s escalation of its proxy war in Syria, relying on far-right Sunni Islamist forces, is fomenting a Sunni-Shia sectarian war across the Middle East.

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21 June 2013

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“Moderate” cleric wins Iranian presidential election

By Peter Symonds, 17 June 2013

While Rouhini has called for moderation and dialogue with the West, the Obama administration will accept nothing less than complete capitulation to its demands.

Libya destabilised by factional and military infighting

By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2013

The massacre of 31 people by the Libya Shield Force, an Islamist militia, was the worst single death toll since the end of the 2011 NATO-led civil war.

White House convenes meetings on Syria escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2013

The Obama White House is convening meetings this week to discuss measures to escalate the US-backed war for regime-change in Syria.

Egypt: Supreme Constitutional Court invalidates Shura Council, Constituent Assembly

By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2013

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled that the upper legislative house and the Constituent Assembly lack any legal foundation.

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7 June 2013

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Turkey at the crossroads

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2013

The massive protests of the past week have deep roots in the growth of social inequality that has accompanied Turkey’s closer integration into the capitalist world market.

Turkish police round up young protesters for use of social media

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2013

Dozens of people ranging in age from 18 to 24 have been rounded up in the Turkish port city of Izmir on charges of “encouraging rebellion” through the use of Twitter and other social media.

Turkish clashes continue as Erdogan brands protesters “extremists”

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2013

Confrontations between demonstrators and riot police continued Monday in Istanbul, Ankara and cities across Turkey.

Syrian opposition forces launch rocket attacks in Lebanon

By Thomas Gaist, 4 June 2013

US-backed Syrian opposition forces pummeled Shia targets in Lebanon as Hezbollah fighters continued massing near Aleppo.

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31 May 2013

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European powers lift embargo, move to arm Syrian opposition

By Johannes Stern, 28 May 2013

On Monday the foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels and agreed not to renew the arms embargo against Syria.

Settlements authorised as Kerry tries to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2013

Benyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government has begun the legal process to retrospectively authorise four outposts as settlements in the Occupied West Bank.

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17 May 2013

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Video shows US-backed opposition fighter cannibalizing Syrian soldier

By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2013

The video makes clear the barbaric character of the Islamic fundamentalist forces the US has mobilized in its proxy war against Syria.

Nationwide protests against austerity in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2013

The budget aims to cut the deficit that reached US$11 billion in 2012.

Reports suggest Syrian opposition involvement in Turkish bombings

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2013

Despite evidence that groups involved in the campaign against the Syrian regime were behind the bombings, Turkish leaders are pushing to use them as a pretext for war.

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10 May 2013

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British imperialism’s return to “East of Suez”

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2013

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, got the full treatment on his state visit to Britain last week.

UN says US-backed opposition, not Syrian regime, used poison gas

By Alex Lantier, 7 May 2013

UN investigator Carla del Ponte’s statements explode the propaganda lie that the US is preparing to attack Syria to defend its people from chemical weapons.

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26 April 2013

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US finalises arms deals with Israel, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

By Jean Shaoul, 25 April 2013

The United States is flooding the Middle East with armaments, a further sign that the preparations for military intervention against Syria are ultimately aimed at Iran.

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19 April 2013

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Syrian opposition militia declares allegiance to Al Qaeda

By Niall Green, 16 April 2013

The leading fighting group in the US-backed war against the Syrian government has announced its loyalty to Al Qaeda.

Washington escalates Syria intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2013

The US and Jordanian militaries have stepped up a program to train thousands of armed fighters to send into Syria with the aim of carving out a buffer zone in the south of the country.

Trial of political activists underway in United Arab Emirates

By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2013

The despotic United Arab Emirates regime has begun a trial of 94 pro-democracy activists.

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29 March 2013

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Obama talks “peace” in Israel while preparing war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2013

In a speech delivered in Jerusalem Thursday, Obama identified US interests unconditionally with Israel, while reiterating war threats against both Syria and Iran.