War Drive in the Middle East

Obama’s war summit in Europe

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2016

Nearly eight years after he addressed 200,000 in Berlin, promising “hope” and “change,” Obama presided over a summit with the European powers on the expansion of war in the Middle East and new provocations against Russia.

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2016

While friction has arisen over Washington’s dealings with Iran and fallout from 9/11, the monarchical dictatorship remains a linchpin of US policy in the Middle East.

Canada’s Liberal government finalizes $15 billion Saudi arms deal

By Carl Bronski, 20 April 2016

The foreign minister has been caught out lying shamelessly about the Liberal government’s deciding role in finalizing a $15 billion arms deal with the Saudi regime.

In Cairo, French President Hollande defends the bloodstained Sisi junta

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 20 April 2016

Hollande discussed with the Egyptian dictator his response to the November 13 attacks in Paris before deciding to impose a state of emergency across France.

Hollande sheds crocodile tears over refugees in Lebanon visit

By Kumaran Ira, 19 April 2016

French President François Hollande began his four-day trip to the Middle East, visiting Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, to boost economic and military ties amidst escalating war.

Doha oil talks collapse

By Nick Beams, 19 April 2016

The main reason for the failure to agree on an oil production freeze appears to be tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are on opposites sides in conflicts in the Middle East.

Plan B: CIA prepares to arm Syrian “rebels” with antiaircraft weapons

By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2016

Washington is warning that if it is unable to achieve regime change through UN-brokered talks, it will drastically escalate the Syrian bloodbath.

Saudi onslaught against Yemen continues amid official cease-fire

By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2016

Yet another UN-brokered “cease-fire” in Yemen has failed to effect even a temporary halt to the violence that has left more than 6,000 Yemenis dead

US deploys B-52s for bombing in Syria, Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2016

The movement of heavy bombers to the Persian Gulf is a major escalation in the US war, carried out with virtually no public discussion.

Military chiefs seize on Brussels attacks to send more US troops to Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 29 March 2016

More than four years after the official end of the US occupation of Iraq, and with a current presence of some 5,000 troops, military leaders are calling for additional military assets.

Australia: Socialist Alternative hails downing of Russian jet in Syria

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2016

The declaration that Turkey’s flagrant act of war was “a small victory for humanity” underscores the pseudo-lefts’ support for imperialist provocations, including those that threaten to trigger world war.

Historic city of Palmyra falls to Syrian government forces

By Thomas Gaist, 28 March 2016

The renewed push by the Syrian military, aided by Russian air cover, followed last week’s visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Moscow.

Canadian Liberal government to implement military spending hikes

By Roger Jordan, 28 March 2016

The Liberal government has already expanded Canada’s role in the Mideast war and is now considering further military interventions in Africa and Haiti.

Hundreds of US Marines provide combat support as Iraqi forces advance toward Mosul

By Thomas Gaist, 25 March 2016

Two weeks after secretly deploying to northern Iraq, US Marines are pounding Iraqi villages in support of an Iraqi government offensive overseen by US advisors.

Arson attack on witness to murders in Palestinian village of Duma

By Jean Shaoul, 23 March 2016

The fire was clearly aimed at intimidating the witnesses in the forthcoming trial.

The terror bombings in Brussels

By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2016

This horrific attack targeted innocent people in no way responsible for the imperialist wars that have devastated the Middle East.

Syrian war enters sixth year with graver dangers still ahead

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2016

The recent “cessation of hostilities” and partial withdrawal of Russian forces will not stop the escalation of US militarism in the region and beyond.

Second terrorist attack in a month in Turkish capital kills at least 37

By Halil Celik, 15 March 2016

The ruling elite is exploiting the attack to justify stepped-up security operations in Kurdish areas of Turkey and preparations to invade Syria.

The International Socialist Organization agitates for war with Russia over Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2016

Amid bitter disputes within the American state over Obama’s Syria policy, the ISO is seeking to build broader support for an escalation of US involvement in the Middle East war.

Washington steps up threats over Iran missile tests

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2016

While the tests by Iran do not violate the nuclear accord, Washington sees them as an intolerable affront to its drive for hegemony.

US generals push for more troops in Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 10 March 2016

In congressional testimony, a top commander made clear that the US intervention is aimed not merely at ISIS, but at Iran and Russia as well.

Canada’s parliament endorses expanded role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 10 March 2016

The Liberal government’s expansion of Canada’s role in the Mideast war underscores the fraudulent character of its anti-war pose in last year’s election.

New York Times on Clinton and Libya: Portrait of a war criminal

By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2016

The Times piece details the leading role played by Clinton in fomenting a war of aggression that killed tens if not hundreds of thousands.

Syria fighting continues into third day of US-Russian “truce”

By Thomas Gaist, 29 February 2016

US war planes continue to strike targets throughout large areas of the country, while American commandos organized offensive operations by an array of proxy forces.

Sticking point in Syria truce: Washington’s support for Al Qaeda

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2016

Amid bitter recriminations over the “cessation of hostilities” brokered by the US and Russia, all the lies used to promote both regime-change in Syria and the “war on terror” are disintegrating.

More than 100 killed in ISIS suicide bombings in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 22 February 2016

The devastating attacks in Homs and Damascus came just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a tentative ceasefire, for the second time in two weeks.

Saudi Arabia cancels $3 billion grant for French military aid to Lebanon

By Kumaran Ira, 22 February 2016

Saudi Arabia’s decision to halt military aid to Lebanon points to escalating tensions across the Middle East unleashed by the war drive in Syria.

US launches airstrikes against Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2016

Five years after toppling Libya’s government, Washington and its allies are embarking on a new military campaign under the banner of the war on terror.

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.