The 2013 alleged sarin gas attack in Syria: A pretext for war

New WikiLeaks documents expose phony claims of 2018 Syria chemical weapons attack

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.

Media blacks out Seymour Hersh exposé of US lies on Syrian gas attack

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.

New exposé by Seymour Hersh: Turkey staged gas attack to provoke US war on Syria

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.

UN Syrian chemical weapons report exposes Washington’s 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.

US suspends military aid to its Syrian proxies

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.

US media blacks out Seymour Hersh exposé of Washington’s lies on sarin attack in Syria

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.

Seymour Hersh exposes US government lies on Syrian sarin attack

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.

New York Times mourns death of Al Qaeda-linked Syrian opposition fighter

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.

North Carolina man charged with seeking to join US-backed Syrian opposition

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.

Greek parliament ends state funding for Golden Dawn

By Katerina Selin, 6 November 2013

The pseudo-left SYRIZA is providing political cover for major financiers who fund the fascist Golden Dawn party.

Plans for Geneva II talks on Syria in disarray

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.

Israeli warplanes strike targets inside Syria

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.

Middle East wars drive refugee flows, Mediterranean migrant deaths

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.

Report finds US-backed Syrian opposition responsible for sectarian atrocity

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.

US and Iran at loggerheads over Syria conference

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.

Syrian “rebel” factions battle each other on Turkish border

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.

Inspectors arrive amid revelations of Syrian opposition atrocities

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.

Obama’s UN speech and the crisis in US policy

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.

US-backed Syrian opposition forces reject political leaders, align with Al Qaeda

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.

US presses for UN resolution to justify war on Syria

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.

US threatens war while considering talks with Syria, Iran

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.

Russia challenges UN report on Syrian gas attack

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.

New York Times on Syria: All the propaganda fit to print

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.

US students, workers speak on war threat against Syria

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.

US, UK and France stress threat of force 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.

Released Italian journalist recounts crimes of US-backed Syrian opposition

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.

Syria chemical weapons deal—US war postponed, not canceled

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.

Israel attacks Russian plan for Syria’s chemical weapons

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.

New Zealand government signals support for US attack on Syria

By Tom Peters, 16 September 2013

Prime Minister Key has already indicated that New Zealand would give “moral support” for US strikes on Syria.

Washington maneuvers in Syrian negotiations to lay groundwork for war

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.

As talks open in Geneva, US begins direct arming of Syrian militias

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.

US exploits Russian proposal of talks to prepare new pretext for Syria war

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.

Belgian academic blames Syrian poison gas attacks on US-backed opposition

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.

Kerry’s “blunder” delays, but does not end, Obama's drive to war

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.

UK pledges full support for military intervention against Syria

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.

Western-backed rebels bring death and destruction to historic Syrian town of Maaloula

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.

France to await US Congress vote, UN report before attacking Syria

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.

Pentagon expands war plans against Syria

By Patrick Martin, 9 September 2013

The Pentagon is preparing much wider attacks on Syria than the White House has suggested.

The week ahead: A propaganda barrage to prepare for war in Syria

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.

International gangsterism and Washington’s war drive against Syria

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.

Video: Detroit students speak against Syria war

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.

Britain uses G20 to campaign for war on 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.

Syrian war, threat of global conflict dominate G20 summit

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.

The US-Al Qaeda alliance in Syria and the fraud of the war on terror

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.

Western-backed Islamist forces attack historic Syrian town of Maaloula

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.

Eastern Europe split over Syria intervention

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.

Senate resolution authorizes war for regime change in Syria

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.

Global tensions over Syria on eve of G-20 summit

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.

US Congress lines up behind drive for war against Syria

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.

Obama, Congress and the coming war against Syria

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.

Obama steps up drive to war against Syria

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.

Senior political figures demand second vote in UK parliament on Syrian attack

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.

France publishes intelligence brief for war in Syria based on lies

By Alex Lantier, 3 September 2013

The French intelligence brief for war against Syria is a collection of lies and unsubstantiated assertions.

Australian pseudo-lefts complicit in US war drive against Syria

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.

US Congress to debate and vote on Syria war

By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2013

President Obama announced Saturday he was submitting legislation to authorize a military attack on the Mideast country.

No to war against Syria!

By 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.

Report links US-backed Syrian opposition to Ghouta gas attack

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.

Australia: Thousands demonstrate against war on Syria

By our reporters, 2 September 2013

SEP Senate candidates addressed “Hands off Syria” rallies in Brisbane and Melbourne last Saturday

Australian government backs unilateral US attack on Syria

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.

UK protesters speak out against Syrian war threat

By our reporters, 2 September 2013

Anti-war protesters in London and Leeds spoke to WSWS reporters on Saturday

London protests: Stop the War Coalition promotes British parliament

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.

US on brink of launching war against Syria based on lies

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.

The war against Syria and American democracy

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.

Britain’s vote against Syrian military action provokes political crisis

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.

French President Hollande backs US war against Syria

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.

China warns against a repeat of the Iraq war in Syria

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.

British parliament votes down Syria action as US presses ahead with strike plans

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.

Obama and media manufacture pretext for attack on Syria

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.

Washington’s lies on alleged Syrian chemical attack unravel

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.”

US-NATO campaign to justify Syria war disintegrates as attack looms

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.

Germany: All-party coalition supports Syria 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.

US prepares military onslaught against Syria

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.

Why the United States is waging war against Syria

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.

German media beats the drum for war against Syria

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

John Kerry’s “Colin Powell moment”

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.

The war drive against Syria

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

US prepares military assault on Syria

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.

Syria’s Kurdish-Islamist conflict destabilises Turkey

By Jean Shaoul, 24 August 2013

Imperialist-backed Islamist forces have killed hundreds of Syrian Kurds, inflaming the war and further destabilizing Turkey.

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.

Syria chemical warfare claims aim to provoke Western 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.