Syria

Biden meets with Erdogan, backs Turkish invasion of Syria

By Halil Celik, 25 August 2016

The US vice president declared Washington’s support for the escalation, while Russian officials said they were following the invasion with concern.

New flashpoint in escalating war: Turkey shells ISIS and Kurdish forces in Syria

By Barry Grey, 24 August 2016

Turkey and the US are increasingly working at cross purposes in Syria, further frustrating Washington’s central aim of removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

American jets scramble against Syrian aircraft bombing Kurdish rebels

By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2016

As US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria clash with pro-regime forces backed by Russia, Iran and China, the Middle East war threatens to escalate into all-out global conflict.

“Human rights” propaganda campaign paves way for military escalation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2016

The saturation of the airwaves and the press with images of a five-year-old child in Aleppo should be taken as a warning that Washington is preparing public opinion for a major military escalation.

Growing disquiet in Washington over Russian-Iranian actions in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2016

The use by Russian bombers of Iranian bases to attack targets in Syria has provoked official US protests and warnings that Washington’s policy is creating a strategic crisis.

British Special Forces operating inside Syria

By Harvey Thompson, 16 August 2016

The BBC report revealing their presence tried to portray the role of the Special Forces as a withdrawn, reserved force.

The battle for Aleppo and the hypocrisy of US war propaganda

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2016

Fifteen years after launching a “global war on terror” in the name of wiping out Al Qaeda, Washington is arming and funding its associates in Syria to counter Russia.

Washington escalates covert backing for Al Qaeda militias in Aleppo

By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2016

The CIA has aggressively funneled weaponry to Al Qaeda militias in Aleppo, enabling the US proxy forces to temporarily break the Syrian government’s encirclement of the city.

What is behind the campaign against Erdogan?

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 August 2016

German politicians are demanding firm measures against Turkey and the break-off of accession talks to the EU.

New chemical weapons claims pose threat of US escalation of Syrian war

By Tom Eley, 3 August 2016

Chemical weapons allegations against the Syrian government should be taken as a warning that the US is prepared to escalate its confrontation with Russia over Syria.

Russian helicopter shot down in Syria as battle rages over Aleppo

By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2016

Cut off from their supply lines to Turkey, US-backed Islamist militias are mounting a desperate offensive to break through the encirclement of their forces in Aleppo.

US warplanes kill at least 28 more civilians in northern Syria

By Barry Grey, 30 July 2016

The latest mass killing occurred in the same region where, nine days before, the US military bombed a group of houses, killing as many as 200 civilians.

Pentagon accuses Russia of targeting US-British Special Forces base in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2016

US-Russian tensions are surging in Syria, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to delay a further escalation of the war until after the 2016 US elections.

US air raids kill more than 200 civilians in northern Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2016

The slaughter in northern Syria gives a foretaste of the bloody offensives being prepared by Washington and its NATO allies against Raqqa and Mosul.

Obama’s “moderate rebels” behead 12-year-old in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 July 2016

The atrocity was carried out by an armed Islamist militia whose members received both weapons and salaries from the CIA.

American war planes slaughter civilians in northern Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 20 July 2016

US airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in Aleppo province Monday, adding to the hundreds of thousands of civilian dead produced by Washington’s regime change operation.

The Turkish coup: A warning to the international working class

By Bill Van Auken, 18 July 2016

The attempted seizure of power by the military in Turkey, a key NATO member and sixth largest economy in Europe, is indicative of far broader dangers across the globe.

Failed military coup in Turkey

By James Cogan, 16 July 2016

The political upheaval in Turkey is testimony to the generalised breakdown taking place internationally in the political institutions and mechanisms of bourgeois rule.

In bid to save proxy forces in Syria, US discusses pact with Russia

By Thomas Gaist, 16 July 2016

The Obama administration has suggested a military cooperation pact with Russia aimed at salvaging the remnants of the Islamist forces it has backed against the Assad regime.

Behind US proposal for military cooperation with Russia

Washington plans escalation of war for regime-change in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 5 July 2016

Both the Democratic and Republican presumptive presidential candidates have declared their support for intensified bombing and the imposition of a no-fly zone directed against the Syrian regime and its Russian backers.

State Department Syria memo: Setting the stage for war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2016

The frustration expressed by the 51 State Department signatories is with the failure not just of Obama’s Syria policy, but of US imperialism’s entire Middle East strategy.

State Department “dissent” memo backs escalation of regime-change war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2016

The memo has ratcheted up tensions with Moscow while providing a glimpse of what may prove to be the policy of the next US administration.

Turkey’s Erdogan uses terror attack to escalate repression of opposition

By Halil Celik, 11 June 2016

The latest terror attack will only accelerate and facilitate the drive of the Turkish ruling elite towards militarism and dictatorship, while confusing the masses.

Thousands of civilians in danger as US-backed forces mount offensives in Iraq and Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2016

The offensives launched by US-backed forces on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border threaten to deepen the region’s crisis.

US-backed offensive to seize Iraqi city of Fallujah

By Peter Symonds, 24 May 2016

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi is desperately seeking to shore up his fragile government.

Canadian ruling elite applauds Liberal government for securing seat at Syria peace talks

By Roger Jordan, 24 May 2016

Canada’s seat at the table has been secured through its services rendered in the US-led military operations in the Middle East.

US and its allies threaten escalation of Syrian war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2016

The failure to set a date for the resumption of talks points to the continuation of a conflict that threatens to spill over into a wider war involving the US and Russia.

Army captain’s lawsuit challenges legality of Obama’s war against ISIS

By Tom Carter, 9 May 2016

The lawsuit sheds light on the assertion of unlimited presidential powers to launch and wage wars.

Baghdad on military lockdown over fear of protests

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2016

As the US military escalates its intervention in Iraq, the government appears on the brink of collapse.

Australian government boasts of helping US kill its own citizens in Middle East

By Mike Head, 7 May 2016

Remarks by Prime Minister Turnbull amount to sanctioning extra-judicial killings as a matter of government policy.

US Navy Seal killed in Iraq combat

By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2016

The fighting in Iraq came as the US and Russia sought to broker a renewed cessation of hostilities in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Civilian deaths in Syria surge as US-Russian brokered ceasefire unravels

By Thomas Gaist, 30 April 2016

American support for the ceasefire was a tactical maneuver, aimed at buying time for US forces to prepare a renewed push.

US authorizes intensified air strikes against civilians in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 21 April 2016

The loosening of the Pentagon’s rules of engagement coincides with an escalation by the US and its Gulf allies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russia announces partial withdrawal from Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2016

Moscow’s intervention was directed principally at forestalling the imposition of a US puppet regime in Damascus hostile to the interests of Russia’s ruling oligarchy.

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.

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.

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.

Under cover of truce with Russia, US prepares military escalation in Syria

By Barry Grey, 24 February 2016

The Obama administration has pushed for a truce largely to buy time and prevent a complete military rout of the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and its allied “rebels.”

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.

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.

Turkey escalates war threats after terror attacks

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2016

NATO member Turkey is deliberately risking a military confrontation with Russia, which could rapidly develop into all-out war between the great powers.

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.

Turkey pushes for ground invasion of Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2016

The call for a major escalation of the imperialist intervention in Syria has been accompanied by a propaganda campaign over alleged Russian strikes on hospitals.

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.

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.

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.

London donor conference pledges aid only to keep Syrian refugees out of Europe

By Jean Shaoul, 8 February 2016

The amount raised for 2016 equates to less than $400-500 per person per year, assuming the donors honour their pledges.

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.

Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days

By Thomas Gaist, 4 February 2016

The talks have been postponed for at least three weeks amid an upsurge of fighting between US and Russian-backed forces.

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.

Washington to escalate US Mideast wars

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2016

The Obama White House is set to approve Pentagon demands for more troops in Iraq and another US military intervention in Libya.

Plight of Syrians on Jordan’s border exposes US and European policy

By Jean Shaoul, 27 January 2016

Around 17,000 Syrians desperate to flee violent civil war are marooned in a remote and barren area near a military base on the southern border with Jordan.

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.

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.

Canada weighing options to expand its role in Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 14 January 2016

The proposals made by Canada’s Chief of Defense Staff include using Special Forces to conduct black ops in Iraq and deploying regular army units to train fighters.

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.

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.

Turkey and Arab states line up with Israel over Syria, repression of Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2016

Turkish President Erdoğan made a state visit to Saudi Arabia a few days ago, just two weeks after signing an agreement with Tel Aviv to restore diplomatic relations.

As fighting in Turkey mounts, Kurdish nationalists escalate independence drive

By Halil Celik, 30 December 2015

Kurdish nationalist groups are responding to the Turkish military crackdown with appeals to Russia and the imperialist powers for support to wage war inside Turkey.

The US terror scare

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2015

The US ruling elite is whipping up an atmosphere of panic after the killings in San Bernardino, laying the ground for a further military escalation in the Middle East and North Africa.

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.

German army begins military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

The German army played a supporting role in air strikes by the international coalition against the Islamic State on Tuesday night.

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.

“Left” propagandists for escalation of imperialist war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2015

A collection of pseudo-left groups that have promoted the CIA-orchestrated proxy war in Syria as a “revolution” are now agitating for a major escalation.

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 defense secretary outlines general military escalation in Middle East

By Thomas Gaist, 10 December 2015

During a congressional hearing Wednesday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter presented an array of escalatory moves in Syria, Iraq and beyond.

Germany’s Left Party and the war in Syria

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 10 December 2015

Despite its rhetoric against the German government’s plan to intervene in Syria, the Left Party has long advocated the expansion of German militarism in the Middle East.

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.

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.

German parliament votes for military intervention in Syria

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 December 2015

The decision to launch a major military escalation, with far-reaching and unpredictable consequences, was rammed through parliament in expedited proceedings.

UK stages bombing raid on Syria hours after parliamentary vote

By Robert Stevens, 4 December 2015

The suppression of anti-war sentiment is paramount for the ruling elite, as it embarks on yet another war of conquest under socially and politically polarised conditions.

Germany on a war footing

By Peter Schwarz, 4 December 2015

The decision to be taken today by the parliament to participate in the Syrian war marks a turning point in German foreign policy with terrible consequences.

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.”

German government agrees to participate in Syrian war

By Ulrich Rippert, 3 December 2015

The German army is intervening in Syria with six reconnaissance aircraft, air refuelling planes, a frigate, and up to 1,200 soldiers.

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.

Australian workers and youth voice concerns over downing of Russian jet

By our correspondents, 3 December 2015

Workers and youth interviewed by the WSWS pointed to the role of the US in stoking global geo-strategic tensions.

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.

Germany to send 1,200 troops to Syria

By Johannes Stern, 1 December 2015

Almost overnight, and without any public debate, a combat intervention has been set in motion whose consequences and final extent are unknown.

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.

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.