War Drive in the Middle East

Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Nisour Square Massacre

By Jacob Crosse, 17 August 2019

Eight months after being found guilty a third time for first-degree murder, Slatten was sentenced Wednesday for his role in the notorious massacre in Baghdad during the height of the US occupation of Iraq.

Iran tanker released in Gibraltar despite US bid to seize it

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2019

The decision to release the tanker, formally declared by Gibraltar, but clearly made in London, exposes rising tensions over Washington’s “maximum pressure” policy.

Australian government boosts Special Forces despite war crimes charges

By Mike Head, 16 August 2019

The move is part of the preparation for war, as well as for the suppression of domestic dissent.

Southern separatists overrun Aden, exposing fraud of US, Saudi puppet regime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2019

The clashes in Aden after more than four years of murderous war in Yemen have laid bare the failure of the US-backed Saudi campaign to establish any viable regime.

020 German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf

9 August 2019

Britain to join US naval blockade of Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 7 August 2019

The decision signifies a further intensification of the drive to war against Iran.

French-backed Libyan militia airstrike kills 42 civilians

By Alex Lantier, 7 August 2019

The bombing in the city of Murzuq was carried out by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which relies on support from Paris and Washington as well as Egypt.

Deadlock over Iranian cargo ships exposes deep crisis of Brazilian ruling class

By Alexander Ramirez and Miguel Andrade, 5 August 2019

As the Bolsonaro government aligns itself ever more closely with US imperialism, the ruling class is growing nervous of provoking a social explosion

German politicians and media urge military action in the Persian Gulf

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 1 August 2019

The more the US pushes ahead with its preparations for war against Iran, the louder the voices will become in Europe that are pushing for military action.

European Union threatens Iran with naval mission to Persian Gulf

By Alex Lantier, 30 July 2019

Amid the US war drive against Iran, this mission is a reckless attempt by the European imperialists to grab a share of the resources of the oil-rich Persian Gulf region.

Iran accuses 17 of spying for CIA as tensions escalate

By Steve James and Robert Stevens, 23 July 2019

Iran’s arrest of 17 alleged CIA agents follows weeks of intense US pressure that brought the Trump administration within 10 minutes of bombing raids.

War danger in Middle East exacerbates political crisis in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2019

As Britain moves closer to war, the Iran crisis is being seized on by those advocating a drastic increase in the UK’s military budget.

Iran seizes UK tanker in Strait of Hormuz as danger of Middle East war mounts

By Jordan Shilton, 20 July 2019

Chief responsibility for the growing war danger in the Persian Gulf rests squarely with US imperialism, which has relentlessly escalated its provocations against Iran.

After alleged UK tanker incident in Persian Gulf, EU powers threaten Iran

By Alex Lantier, 12 July 2019

Despite the unpopularity of the US-led war drive, powerful factions of the European ruling class are arguing for Europe to back Trump’s provocations against Iran.

Germany’s Grand Coalition intensifies war policy in the Middle East

By Johannes Stern, 12 July 2019

The German government wants to step up the German army’s war mission in Syria.

Royal Marines seize Iranian tanker under orders from US

By Chris Marsden, 6 July 2019

Britain’s seizure of an Iranian supertanker carrying 2 million barrels of oil is an act of piracy and a major escalation in tensions that threaten to spiral out of control.

War threats mount as Iran exceeds limit on enriched uranium stockpile

By Bill Van Auken, 2 July 2019

Israel carried out one of its most intense raids in Syria Monday amid speculation that Tel Aviv is preparing to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

EU meeting on Iran ends with no agreement to prevent US war

By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2019

The Iranian government reportedly objected to the European powers’ refusal to defy crippling US sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

Trump imposes new sanctions amid continuing war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 25 June 2019

The latest sanctions, largely symbolic, do little except escalate tensions as the threat of armed conflict remains on a hair trigger.

Minutes to disaster: Lessons to be learned from the confrontation with Iran

By Andre Damon, 24 June 2019

On Thursday, the United States came within minutes of launching a war, without any serious examination of its military consequences.

Trump escalates war threats after drone shootdown over Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2019

The New York Times reported that the American president authorized military strikes against Iran on Thursday before unexpectedly cancelling them.

EU powers build joint “Future Combat Air System”

European Union rearms for World War III

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2019

At the Le Bourget air show the defence ministers of Germany, France and Spain signed major agreements to develop a joint European air combat system.

US secretary of state declares “military response” to Iran “being considered”

By Peter Symonds, 17 June 2019

Clearly Japan and Germany simply do not believe the US allegations against Iran and suspect that the tankers attacks could well be a US provocation to provide the pretext for war.

Germany: Protest vigil in Dusseldorf demands release of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 17 June 2019

“Assange’s surrender to the US would mean that war crimes, spying on the population, or government intrigues and conspiracies would no longer be reported.”

US Middle East commander proposes permanent buildup against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2019

The head of the US Central Command claimed that the “threat” from Iran remains “imminent” but refused to provide any evidence or details to support the allegation.

US escalates threat of force against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2019

Threats of “force” and a “very strong response” have accompanied Washington’s unsubstantiated claims of Iranian responsibility for attacks in the Middle East.

The German government prepares military intervention in Syria

By Peter Schwarz, 31 May 2019

Military support of a “safe zone” in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany’s participation in the Syrian war.

Leaked OPCW engineering report concludes alleged 2018 chemical attack in Syria was staged

By Paul Bond, 28 May 2019

The Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media research group conclude that its findings “establish beyond reasonable doubt that the alleged chemical attack in Douma… was staged.”

Fearmongering accompanies release of John Walker Lindh after 17 years in prison

By John Andrews, 24 May 2019

Lindh, an American captured with other foreign Taliban fighters in 2001, was released from a federal penitentiary Thursday, having served his full sentence for carrying arms on behalf of the then government of Afghanistan.

Persian Gulf tensions rise as Trump threatens “end” of Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2019

The apocalyptic tweet from the US president came amid provocative drills by US warships in the Arabian Sea.

With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger

By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2019

The threatening deployments come in the midst of a new round of bellicose statements from Washington.

Iran conflict intensifies transatlantic tensions

By Peter Schwarz, 11 May 2019

The European governments are doing all they can to avoid triggering a broader mobilisation against war.

Netanyahu agrees a ceasefire with Hamas—for now

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2019

The Israel Defense Forces launched more than 150 aerial strikes and shelled at least 200 sites in the tiny Palestinian enclave.

US threatens Iran with war

By Keith Jones, 7 May 2019

The reckless and criminal character of Washington’s actions cannot be exaggerated. A US attack on Iran threatens to ignite a Mideast-wide war and rapidly draw in the other imperialist and great powers.

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion

By Jean Shaoul, 6 May 2019

Less than a month after his far-right bloc's victory in last month’s elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu authorised an aerial assault on Gaza, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend.

War by other means: US/EU sanctions aimed at crippling Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2019

Washington is seeking to crash the Syrian economy to create the conditions for a rebellion so as to impose a pro-US regime in Damascus.

US Navy SEAL officers attempted to cover up evidence of war crimes

By Josh Varlin, 27 April 2019

Navy SEAL officers told lower-ranking soldiers not to report war crimes, including the murder of civilians and a wounded teenager in Iraq.

New study documents over 1,600 killed in US siege of Raqqa, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2019

The killings in Raqqa, like those in Mosul, Iraq, constituted massive war crimes committed in the so-called war against ISIS.

Macron moves to prosecute journalists who revealed French arms sales in Yemen war

By Will Morrow, 26 April 2019

French security services have summoned Disclose journalists for questioning over their April 15 report documenting French arms supplies to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

Leaked documents implicate French government in war crimes in Yemen

By Kumaran Ira, 26 April 2019

Leaked intelligence documents expose top French officials’ denials that Saudi-led coalition forces use French-made weapons against Yemeni civilians as bald-faced lies.

Washington tightens sanctions to cut Iran oil exports to “zero”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2019

The lifting of waivers granted to five countries that imported substantial quantities of Iranian oil represents a dangerous escalation of US economic warfare against Tehran.

US labels Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group

By Barry Grey, 9 April 2019

Trump and Pompeo made a point of threatening other foreign countries, officials and businesses with retaliatory sanctions and possible criminal prosecution.

As Washington hails victory over ISIS, media ignores massive human toll

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2019

The Pentagon’s admission of 1,250 civilians killed in four years of bombardment of Iraq and Syria is a vast underestimate of the real death toll.

Saudi attack on hospital kills eight as war in Yemen enters fifth year

By Niles Niemuth, 28 March 2019

At least eight people, including five children, were killed when a missile slammed into a gas station near a medical facility that had been placed on a no-strike list.

Unsealed documents shed light on state conspiracy against Chelsea Manning

By Kevin Reed, 22 March 2019

The unsealed documents shine a light on the desperate measures to which the US government has resorted in pursuing a legal pretext to prosecute Julian Assange.

Israel mounts savage air bombardment on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 16 March 2019

Hamas denied any responsibility for the two ineffectual rockets launched against Tel Aviv.

French-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2019

There are concrete material interests behind the sharp tensions between France and Italy, which in February led to France recalling its ambassador in Rome.

Trump administration bars US-born woman from re-entering the country

By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2019

The decision, based on Hoda Muthana’s past association with ISIS, is the first attempt to deprive someone of her citizenship on the grounds of “terrorism.”

090 UK troops given free hand to kill in Iraq and Afghanistan

12 February 2019

US ratchets up threats against Iran, Turkey amid Syria withdrawal plans

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2019

While the timetable for US troops to pull out of Syria remains unclear, Washington is steadily escalating tensions in the region.

US, Turkey clash over Turkish plan to buy Russian S-400 missiles

By Baris Demir, 15 January 2019

The US team is expected to warn Ankara that Washington will not tolerate a Turkish purchase of Russian air defence systems.

Pompeo in Cairo: The ugly face of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2019

Reflecting US imperialism’s priorities in the region, Pompeo mentioned Iran 25 times in his speech, compared to a mere dozen references to “terrorism.”

US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2019

Turkey’s president denounced statements by national security adviser John Bolton on the Syrian Kurds after refusing to meet with a US delegation.

Bolton walks back Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2019

Whatever the intent of Trump’s demagogic promise to “bring the troops home,” the ruling establishment is determined to continue the US wars for hegemony in the Middle East.

Trump says there is no set date for Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2019

While Trump bemoaned Washington’s “never-ending war,” his acting Defense Secretary told the Pentagon to focus on “China, China, China.”

Syrian government troops deployed to flashpoint city of Manbij

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2018

Turkey and Russia are staging high-level talks on the future of Syria’s northeast following the US troop withdrawal.

Trump’s visit to Iraq and Washington’s never-ending war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2018

Trump’s buffoonish performance in Iraq carried one serious message: With or without troops in Syria, the decades-long US war for hegemony in the Middle East goes on.

Trump stages visit to Iraq amid mounting crisis over Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2018

The surprise visit appeared aimed at mollifying sections of the military-intelligence apparatus and reasserting Trump's commitment to US militarism in the Middle East.

European powers condemn Trump’s withdrawal from Syria

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2018

Trump’s planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the subsequent resignation of defence secretary James Mattis have provoked a fierce response from European leaders.

The resignation of General Mattis and America’s crisis of class rule

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2018

The panic and hysteria over the resignation of the former Marine Corps general reflects a deep-going crisis within the US ruling establishment.

Defense Secretary Mattis resigns amid Washington backlash over Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2018

Driving the outrage of Republicans, Democrats, Washington think tanks and major media are the imperialist interests underlying the Syrian intervention.

Trump’s Syrian withdrawal order sparks political firestorm in Washington

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2018

The announcement follows discussions between Trump and Erdogan, who has threatened to send Turkish troops into the northeastern Syrian region where US troops are based.

Turkey threatens to invade Syria amid tensions with Washington

By Barış Demir, 20 December 2018

Trump’s call yesterday for a US withdrawal from Syria reflected growing conflicts between Ankara and Washington over the bloody proxy war in Syria.

Bombings kill 62 in Somalia amid escalating US scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2018

The intensive US air strikes in Somalia came on the heels of Washington’s unveiling of a new policy based upon Africa as an arena of great power conflict.

Taliban attack kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2018

The attack, which also wounded four Americans, came amid a worsening deterioration of the US position after 17 years of war.

At least 85,000 child deaths in Yemen highlight Saudi-US war crimes

By Mike Head, 23 November 2018

Washington is intent on asserting US dominance over the oil-rich and strategically-critical Middle East, regardless of the terrible human cost.

Civilian death toll mounts as US escalates offensive in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2018

The so-called campaign against ISIS is aimed at carving out a US-controlled zone in eastern Syria and ultimately overthrowing the Damascus government.

US, Turkey risk direct military clash as they escalate war in Syria

By Barış Demir, 8 November 2018

Ankara is threatening an outright military occupation of large parts of Syria, which could provoke a direct clash with US forces.

US escalates illegal economic war on the people of Iran

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2018

Speaking like a mafia don, Pompeo offered Iran “a choice” between making a “180-degree turn from its outlaw course of action” and seeing “its economy crumble.”

US expands illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran

By Mike Head, 3 November 2018

The measures Washington outlined yesterday are tantamount to a declaration of war.

Washington calls for Yemen ceasefire as Saudis escalate siege of Hodeidah

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2018

The hypocritical “peace effort” advanced by Washington places full blame for the genocidal war in Yemen on the Houthi rebels and Iran.

As sanctions tighten, Washington threatens Iran with “military might”

By Keith Jones, 2 November 2018

The US is dramatically escalating its illegal, economic war against Iran, with the aim of crashing its economy and imposing a pro-US regime in Tehran.

Saudi airstrike kills 21 civilians in Yemen

By Jacob Crosse, 27 October 2018

Two children among the dead as the US-backed coalition prepares offensive

Turkish president brands Khashoggi killing a premeditated murder

By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2018

While Erdogan had promised to expose the “naked truth,” his less-than-full account of the killing indicates that he is exploiting the issue to further Turkish interests in the Middle East.

Europe makes delayed criticism of Saudis over Khashoggi murder

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2018

Britain’s quiescence reflects its dependence on the House of Saud for policing the oil-rich Gulf peninsula.

Amid crisis over Khashoggi murder

US State Department “socialists” discover the war in Yemen

By Barry Grey, 23 October 2018

The ISO and the DSA respond like political weathervanes to shifting winds within the US intelligence agencies in regard to Saudi Arabia’s current ruler.

Amid furor over Khashoggi murder, UN warns millions more face starvation in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2018

While leading Democrats and Republicans have called for sanctions over the Saudi journalist’s killing, Washington has maintained a discreet silence over the US-backed mass murder in Yemen.

Trump backs Saudi Arabia, suggesting “rogue killers” murdered Khashoggi

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2018

While Trump’s remarks are absurd, the hypocrisy of his critics in American ruling circles, given their long support for the murderous Saud regime, is staggering.

International Court of Justice strikes down US sanctions against Iran

By Alex Lantier, 4 October 2018

The International Court of Justice has no power to enforce its decision, and US officials immediately made clear they will defy the ICJ ruling.

Demolition of Bedouin village highlights Netanyahu’s “Greater Israel” plan

By Jean Shaoul, 4 October 2018

The authorities have already demolished 26 homes in the community, making 132 people homeless, 77 of them children and teenagers, over the last 12 years.

Iran fires missiles at Islamist “rebels” as US vows to remain in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2018

Washington and Tehran, already at odds over escalating US sanctions, are coming into increasing conflict over military operations in Syria.

Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world

By Keith Jones, 27 September 2018

In his two days at the UN, Trump threatened much of the world, giving voice to the insatiable aspirations of US imperialism and the dissatisfaction of its ruling elite at the erosion of its economic power.

Against backdrop of UN General Assembly

Trump to intensify economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 25 September 2018

The US sanctions are both manifestly illegal and reckless; under international law, they are tantamount to an act of war.

Moscow blames downing of Russian plane near Syria on Israeli “provocation”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2018

The killing of 15 Russian military personnel off the coast of Latakia has ratcheted up dangerous military tensions in Syria.

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2018

Russian sources have reported that they tracked missiles launched by a French frigate at the time their aircraft was attacked.

Russia postpones Syrian offensive in Idlib as NATO threatens escalation

By Alex Lantier, 15 September 2018

Turkey and the major NATO imperialist powers made clear that they are ready to counterattack against Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib.

Bloody siege of Yemeni port resumes as US certifies Saudi concern for civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2018

Aid groups have warned that the renewed assault on Hodeidah threatens not only to kill tens of thousands of civilians, but to push millions more into starvation.

Seventeen years after 9/11: From “war on terror” to “great power conflict”

By Andre Damon, 12 September 2018

On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Washington is on the verge of launching a massive new Syrian offensive in defense of Al Qaeda-linked forces.

German government plans combat mission against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 12 September 2018

Behind the backs of the German people, the Grand Coalition government is preparing a massive combat mission against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

China denies establishing military base in Afghanistan

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2018

Afghanistan is another key strategic arena for intensifying geo-political rivalry between the major powers.

Report by Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media undermines claims of chemical attack in Douma

By Paul Bond, 6 September 2018

In the face of the orchestrated attack on the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media as “Apologists for Assad,” the careful work by Paul McKeigue, Jake Mason, David Miller and Piers Robinson is all the more noteworthy.

Washington escalates threats over Syria as Russia bombs Al Qaeda positions

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2018

Claims of “humanitarian” concerns and warnings over the use of chemical weapons signal a growing threat of US intervention in defense of the “rebels.”

UN panel cites massive war crimes in US-backed war on Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2018

Washington has backed the slaughter as part of a region-wide offensive to weaken the influence of Iran and assert US hegemony over the Middle East.

Is Washington on the brink of a major attack on Syria?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2018

Threats against the Assad government over the use of chemical weapons have set up the pretext for a sharp escalation of US military intervention.

Canada and Saudis in raucous diplomatic spat over Ottawa’s posturing over human rights

By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2018

The events of the past week notwithstanding, Canada—as attested by its $15 billion arms deal with Riyadh—is a staunch ally of the absolutist Saudi regime.

US complicit in air strike that murdered dozens of children in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2018

The slaughter of at least 43 children riding a bus is for Washington only a minor incident of “collateral damage” in its drive to war against Iran and hegemony over the Middle East.

Israel carries out new strikes on Gaza

By James Cogan, 10 August 2018

The latest assault, which killed three people, follows repeated threats by the Israeli government to launch another full-scale military intervention.

Washington allies with ISIS as great power conflict trumps “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2018

In at least three countries where US forces are engaged in combat operations, the Pentagon and its local proxies are allying themselves with ISIS and Al Qaeda in pursuit of strategic interests.

Sixty dead, over 100 wounded in Saudi air strikes on Yemeni port city

By Alec Andersen, 4 August 2018

The willful bombing of a Hodeidah fish market and hospital by the US-backed Saudi-led coalition is the latest war crime in the near-genocidal onslaught on Yemen.

Lafarge investigation exposes US-French collusion with ISIS in Syria

By Francis Dubois, 3 August 2018

Former Foreign Secretary Laurent Fabius claimed to know nothing about it, but ties between terrorist groups and the former Socialist Party government are rapidly coming to light.