War Drive in the Middle East

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.

Poll shows 81 percent of Syrians believe US created ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2015

Half of those surveyed oppose US airstrikes, and only 21 percent believe their lives are better now than before the Western-orchestrated civil war in Syria.

The end of democracy in Britain

By Julie Hyland, 10 September 2015

The policy of targeted assassination, begun in Israel, is now part of an international trend in which governments compete for bragging rights over their “hits.”

Thousands of Saudi-led coalition troops invade Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 10 September 2015

The escalation of the bloody assault on Yemen follows a White House meeting last weekend between Saudi King Salman and Obama.

Australian government commits to air strikes inside Syria

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2015

The Abbott government is seeking to exploit the refugee crisis to silence opposition to its decision to join the US-led air war inside Syria.

Amid refugee crisis in Europe, NATO powers prepare war escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 8 September 2015

In a nationally televised press conference, French President François Hollande called for stepped-up bombing in Syria and the ousting of Syrian President Assad.

As Yemen assault continues, US announces billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia

By Niles Williamson, 5 September 2015

While the deal is ostensibly aimed at easing Saudi concerns over the US-Iran nuclear deal, it also facilitates the escalation of the Saudi monarchy’s bloody assault on Yemen.

Washington launches new drone assassination program in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2015

The previously secret “targeted killing” program appears to be aimed at beheading ISIS.

In wake of bloody factory bombing

Saudi Arabia and UAE prepare for major US-backed ground offensive in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 1 September 2015

Five months of airstrikes, facilitated by US military intelligence and logistical support, have been supplemented by a growing ground invasion by Saudi and UAE military forces.

The atrocities of ISIS and the US wars of sociocide

By Bill Van Auken, 26 August 2015

ISIS and the current bloodshed across Syria and Iraq are the direct products of acts of sociocide on the part of US imperialism.

Australia called on to join illegal US military operations in Syria

By James Cogan, 22 August 2015

Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.

Yemen faces humanitarian crisis as US-backed assault continues

By Niles Williamson, 20 August 2015

Reports released this week document the devastating impact of the Saudi-led onslaught on Yemen, which has killed hundreds of children and limited access to food, water and medicine.

Pentagon to expand drone killing program

By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2015

The Pentagon plans to increase the number of drone flights around the globe to 90 per day, significantly expanding its aerial killing and surveillance capabilities.

New York Times uses rape allegations to promote a wider war in the Middle East

By Barry Grey, 15 August 2015

Rape was not a serious problem before Washington intervened to occupy Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein, overthrow and murder Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and ignite a sectarian civil war in Syria.

Turkish government steps up repression of political opponents

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 12 August 2015

Police have violently broken up peaceful antiwar demonstrations, and the government has blocked more than 90 news websites.

Abadi announces reforms aimed at “decentralization” of Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 11 August 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi’s political reforms are based on a strategy worked out in coordination with the Obama administration during the opening months of 2015.

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015

The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.

Over 450 civilians killed by US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria

By Will Morrow, 5 August 2015

The real death toll is undoubtedly far higher, because the US and its allies cover up all evidence of civilian deaths.

Obama authorizes escalation of US war against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2015

Under the pretense of protecting a handful of US-trained mercenaries, the American president has approved air strikes against Syrian government forces.

UK Conservatives plan war and domestic repression

By Chris Marsden, 29 July 2015

The Tories are fashioning an increasingly aggressive military policy and undertaking measures that represent a grave threat to democratic rights.

The Iran nuclear pact and US imperialism’s drive for global hegemony

By Keith Jones, 21 July 2015

Obama’s “engagement” with Iran is a strategic bet that through a combination of pressure and inducements US imperialism will be able to harness Tehran to its predatory agenda.

UN Security Council approves pact on Iranian nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 21 July 2015

Despite the UN vote, the nuclear pact still faces concerted opposition in the US Congress and political establishment.

Obama at the Pentagon: No end to ISIS war

By Thomas Gaist, 7 July 2015

Flanked by a phalanx of military officials and commanders, Obama outlined a perspective of endless war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

Egyptian air force bombs Sinai after heavy clashes with ISIS affiliate

By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2015

The strikes left at least 23 dead, one day after heavy fighting in the peninsula between government troops and Islamist forces killed some 120 people.

Turkey, Jordan discuss moves to seize territory in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 1 July 2015

Turkish and Jordanian military forces are on the brink of intervening in Syria to establish occupation zones in the northern and southern areas of the country.

Australian pseudo-lefts hail advance of US-backed Islamists in Syria

By Oliver Campbell, 27 June 2015

Socialist Alternative continues its public support for the US-led regime-change operation against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 24 June 2015

The UN commission recognised that the death and destruction carried out by Israel last year followed the atrocities of previous wars on Gaza and Lebanon.

The US contemplates partitioning Iraq

By James Cogan, 22 June 2015

The Obama administration has signalled that it is indifferent to Iraq’s sovereignty and even its existence.

As cease-fire talks in Geneva collapse

Renewed Saudi-led bombardment kills, wounds dozens of Yemeni civilians

By Thomas Gaist, 22 June 2015

Saudi and Gulf forces pounded targets across Yemen over the weekend after negotiations between Saudi and Houthi leaders ended without any deal on Friday.

Poll finds mass opposition in Europe to war drive vs. Russia over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2015

The US and NATO are pressing a confrontation with Russia that threatens to provoke a war in the face of broad opposition within the European population.

Washington’s death squads

By Bill Van Auken, 9 June 2015

Whatever the newspaper’s intentions, the New York Times article on Seal Team 6 exposes a US government that is ever more dependent on the operations of death squads.

US-backed war on Yemen leaves 20 million without food, water, medical care

By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015

The Saudi-led air strikes have devastated Yemeni cities, and the blockade of Yemen’s ports has prevented the arrival of emergency relief supplies and basic goods.

With US air war in 10th month, ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 June 2015

According to one estimate, the Islamist militia now controls territory across Iraq and Syria roughly equivalent to the size of Italy.

The New York Times calls for blood in Iraq-Syria war

By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2015

In a lengthy front-page analysis, the newspaper criticizes the Obama administration for allegedly holding back the air campaign against ISIS for fear of killing civilians.

Pentagon chief hints at shift in US policy in war with ISIS

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2015

In an interview with CNN, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the ISIS victory at Ramadi showed that Iraqi government forces did not have the “will to fight.”

Massive military escalation looms as ISIS advances in Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 22 May 2015

The logic of developments in Iraq is leading to the reintroduction of large numbers of American ground troops and a wider war in the Middle East.

The fall of Ramadi and the criminality of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2015

The threat of both a sectarian bloodbath and region-wide war is the byproduct of Washington’s predatory interventions in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabian monarchy calls for more executioners

By Niles Williamson, 20 May 2015

The US-backed kingdom is in desperate need of swordsmen as it is on pace to more than double the number of beheadings carried out last year.

US special forces stage raid into Syria

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2015

Nothing certain is known about the circumstances or results of the attack, since the only sources of information are the Pentagon and White House.

Yemen war rages on through first day of humanitarian “cease-fire”

By Thomas Gaist, 14 May 2015

From the beginning, the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen has been backed by the United States, which is determined to retain control over the geostrategically critical country.

Soldiers reveal Israeli war crimes in 2014 Gaza assault

By Jean Shaoul, 14 May 2015

A recent report alleges that the Israel Defence Force reduced whole neighbourhoods to rubble for no clear operational reason, just to “demonstrate presence in the area.”

The bin Laden assassination and the lies of the “war on terror”

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2015

The latest exposure by Seymour Hersh dismantles the official story of the assassination of Osama bin Laden, exposing systematic lying by the US government and the media.

Kerry in Riyadh: A meeting of war criminals

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2015

The visit by Kerry underscored Washington’s reliance on the most tyrannical and blood-soaked regimes to pursue its predatory interests in the region.

Record number of internally displaced people globally in 2014

By Niles Williamson, 7 May 2015

A record 38 million people were displaced within the borders of their own country by ongoing conflicts through the end of 2014.

US-Jordan war games prepare wider Mideast conflict

By Patrick Martin, 6 May 2015

Ten thousand troops are participating in the US-led “Eager Lion” war games in Jordan, in preparation for stepped up intervention in Syria, Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

US warplanes kill dozens of civilians in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2015

The latest atrocity reportedly took place in the Arab village of Bir Mahali in Aleppo province.

France to spend billions on military rearmament program

By Kumaran Ira, 4 May 2015

France plans to boost defense spending amid spreading wars and rising geopolitical tension between major powers in Europe and internationally.

US sends warships to Strait of Hormuz, claiming Iran threat

By Thomas Gaist, 2 May 2015

The US Central Command justified sending naval forces to patrol the strategic waterway as a response to Iran’s seizure of a cargo ship earlier this week.

US-Iran tensions over seizure of cargo vessel

By Thomas Gaist, 29 April 2015

The incident comes against the backdrop of a redoubling of the US-backed aerial bombardment of Iranian-allied militias in Yemen.

US-Al Qaeda offensive against Syrian regime

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2015

An alliance of anti-Assad rebels, led by the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda, is armed with US-supplied TOW anti-tank missiles.

Civilian casualties mount as Saudi-led airstrikes continue in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 25 April 2015

Behind the backs of the American population, the Obama administration has given its full support to the bloody and illegal war being waged against the Houthis.

Saudi warplanes pound Yemen despite talk of ending aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2015

The Saudi monarchy has continued bombing Yemeni cities even as the US seeks to calibrate the killing.

Fighting rages in Iraqi provincial capital

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2015

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has launched a counteroffensive against Iraqi government positions in Ramadi, capital of Anbar Province.

Report documents carnage of US drone war in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 17 April 2015

A report released this week documents nine separate instances in which workers, merchants, pregnant women and children were either killed or wounded by American airstrikes.

Journalist Richard Engel’s 2012 kidnapping account was part of drive to war with Syria

By David Walsh, 17 April 2015

NBC’s Engel claimed he was held captive by pro-Assad forces. It turns out his kidnappers were associated with the anti-Assad rebels backed by the US.

Yemen slaughter escalates as regional powers exchange threats

By Thomas Gaist, 13 April 2015

US-backed and Saudi-led military forces bombarding Yemen “will soon take action on the ground,” a Saudi commander vowed this weekend.

ISIS takeover of Yarmouk marks new stage in Syrian conflict

By Jean Shaoul, 13 April 2015

The takeover of the Palestinian-populated enclave is the first time ISIS has gained a foothold so near to the Syrian capital Damascus, the stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad.

NDP opposes Canada’s role in Mideast war on tactical grounds

By Roger Jordan, 10 April 2015

The debate over Canada’s participation in the US-led war in the Middle East has once again demonstrated that the New Democrats are a pro-imperialist party.

Obama defends Iran nuclear pact as Pentagon prepares for war

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2015

The Pentagon tested a new “bunker-buster” bomb, the most destructive non-nuclear weapon it has, to ensure Washington is “able to provide military options for Iran.”

Mass killings, looting in Tikrit by US-backed Shiite militia

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2015

Amnesty International is investigating reports of widespread human rights violations by Shiite militiamen after the recapture of Tikrit from ISIS.

UK sends military trainers to Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2015

The aim is to create a militia capable of installing a regime in Syria that will carry out the dictates of the imperialist powers.

Political crisis in Pakistan as Saudi Arabia demands it join war against Yemen

By Sampath Perera, 6 April 2015

Islamabad fears its participation in the US-backed war will intensify conflicts with its neighbor Iran while fueling sectarian tensions within the country.

Dozens killed in airstrike on dairy factory in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 2 April 2015

Armed and supported by US imperialism, the coalition of Middle Eastern dictatorships headed by Saudi Arabia is bombing targets throughout Yemen.

Dozens of refugees killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 31 March 2015

Now in its sixth day, the Saudi-led, US-backed assault claimed the lives of at least forty people at a refugee camp in northern Yemen on Monday.

Turkish government supports Saudi-led coalition’s attacks on Yemen

By Halil Celik, 31 March 2015

In supporting Saudi-led strikes in Yemen and taking a tougher line against Iran, Ankara is reconciling itself to the interests of US imperialism and Saudi Arabia.

Arab League agrees to formation of regional army as Yemen assault expands

By Niles Williamson, 30 March 2015

Amidst an escalating Saudi-led, US-backed air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, the Arab League announced plans to establish a regional military force.

The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination

By Niles Williamson, 28 March 2015

The United States is backing the Saudi-led assault in Yemen as part of a wider drive to dominate the Middle East, Eurasia and, ultimately, the entire world by means of military violence.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015

The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.

Washington halts drawdown of troops from Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2015

Obama announced his reversal Tuesday of plans to withdraw some 5,000 more troops this year, under conditions of a further deterioration of the situation facing the US-backed regime in Afghanistan.

US intensifies pressure on Iran at nuclear talks

By Peter Symonds, 16 March 2015

US Secretary of State Kerry has made clear that the US will walk away from the negotiating table if Iran does not meet its demands.