Syria

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.

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.

European governments plan intensified military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2015

Whoever is not prepared for military intervention in the struggle of the major powers for influence in the Middle East will be left out of any division of the spoils.

British PM sets out plans for Syrian partition and moves against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 27 November 2015

Cameron’s speech was a conscious and wilful deception of the British public as to the advanced dangers of a new world war.

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.

German government sends more troops to Mali and northern Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2015

While presented as “help for France” in response to the Paris attacks, these missions have been planned long in advance and are integral to Germany’s aggressive new foreign policy.

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.

Cameron, Hollande meet to discuss military escalation in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 24 November 2015

The British prime minister’s meeting with French President François Hollande was aimed at securing a vote in the UK parliament for war in Syria.

Obama orders probe of “faulty intelligence” on ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 24 November 2015

Underlying the altered intelligence reports is the duplicitous US policy in Syria, which remains focused on achieving regime change.

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.

Obama: No end to Syria war without regime change

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2015

The US president reiterated Washington’s strategic aims amid indications that the Pentagon is preparing to escalate the American intervention.

Britain’s Paul Mason: A left liberal warmonger

By Chris Marsden, 21 November 2015

Mason is portrayed, and portrays himself, as a “man of the left,” based largely on his membership in the group Workers Power in the 1980s.

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.

Syria’s Assad says Paris now “knows what Syria has lived for five years”

By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2015

As divisions emerge in ruling circles over the Syrian crisis, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is seeking to mend ties with the imperialist powers.

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.

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.

With US backing, France launches bombing campaign in Syria

By Nick Beams, 16 November 2015

The major imperialist powers are moving rapidly to escalate their military intervention in Syria in the wake of Friday night’s terror attack in Paris.

US-backed offensives seize towns in northern Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 14 November 2015

Under the fraudulent cover of a “war against ISIS,” Washington is spearheading yet another military escalation of the new imperialist scramble to redivide the Middle East.

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.

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.

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.

NATO reveals plan for deploying 4,000 troops on Russia’s borders

By Bill Van Auken, 30 October 2015

The proposed escalation of the US-led encirclement of Russia heightens the threat of a military confrontation between the world’s two largest nuclear-armed powers.

Turkish police storm opposition media in run-up to Sunday’s election

By Alex Lantier, 29 October 2015

Undermined by its participation in the US-led war in Syria and facing possible defeat on Sunday, the Turkish government is desperate to silence opposition media.

US mulls deploying Special Forces, attack helicopters as Iran joins Syria talks

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2015

Washington appears to be thrashing about desperately to salvage its regime-change campaign in Syria and maintain its grip over the broader region.

Pentagon preparing for new ground combat operations in Iraq and Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 28 October 2015

Defense Secretary Carter said the US would step up ground combat operations in Iraq and Syria even as Turkey announced air strikes against US-backed Kurdish militias.

US signals military escalation in Iraq and Syria

By Barry Grey, 26 October 2015

Moves to step up US military intervention in Iraq and Syria are largely driven by concerns over the growing influence of Russia in both countries and throughout the Middle East.

US, Russia hold tense talks on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2015

The foreign ministers meeting was dominated by the clash between Washington and Moscow over the US demand for regime change.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau pledges “responsible” approach to Mideast war

By Roger Jordan, 24 October 2015

Less than 24 hours after winning Monday’s election, Justin Trudeau began hedging on his commitment to end Canada’s role in the US-led Iraq-Syria bombing campaign.

US, Russia in talks on Syria following Assad’s trip to Moscow

By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled that Moscow is prepared to follow its campaign of airstrikes with the initiation of a political “transition” in Syria.

Pseudo-lefts back Washington hardliners on Syria and Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2015

The International Socialist Organization has weighed in on the Syria policy dispute in Washington, backing the most bellicose factions within the US state.

UK Labour Party paves way for Syria intervention

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 19 October 2015

Labour’s right wing has been handed a victory without a fight by party leader Corbyn

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.

US, Russian military meet amid warnings over war threat

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2015

The source of mounting tensions lies in the diametrically opposed aims being pursued by US imperialism and the Russian regime under the common pretext of battling ISIS.

Amnesty report: US-backed Kurdish militias forcibly displaced thousands in northern Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 15 October 2015

American-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) committed war crimes, including forced displacement and collective punishment, against more than a dozen villages in northern Syria, a new Amnesty International report shows

Turkish government tries to repress a growing wave of protests

By Halil Celik, 15 October 2015

The Erdogan government used the police to impose bans on rallies.

US airdrops arms in Syria as Russia escalates bombing campaign

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2015

Just days after terminating its failed “rebel” training program, the Pentagon has airdropped some 50 tons of arms and ammunition in Syria.

French government assassinates six of its own citizens in bombing raid in Syria

By Stéphane Hugues, 13 October 2015

The Socialist Party government claimed those targeted might in future carry out terrorist attacks in France.

Angry protests follow terror bombings in Turkey

By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik, 12 October 2015

Demonstrators blamed President Erdoğan's anti-Kurdish campaign of bombings and repression for the explosions that turned a peaceful protest into a bloody nightmare.

US-Russian proxy war in Syria intensifies

By Thomas Gaist, 12 October 2015

Clashes in recent days between US and Russian-backed forces have underscored the immense danger of yet another major escalation of the Syrian war.

Conservative government intervened to halt Syrian refugees entering Canada

By Roger Jordan and Laurent Lafrance, 12 October 2015

The latest revelation makes a mockery of the Conservatives’ cynical pose of concern at the plight of Syria’s refugees.

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.

NATO vows biggest buildup against Russia since Cold War

By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2015

The NATO defense ministers’ meeting seized on Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria as a pretext for escalating the military encirclement of Russia.

Syria and the drumbeat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2015

With its intervention in Syria, Russia has cut across US plans which date back decades to effect regime-change in Syria and redraw the map of the Middle East.

US, NATO step up threats to Russia over Syria

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015

A series of incidents along the Syrian-Turkish border have raised the danger of military confrontation between Russia and the US-led imperialist alliance.

Bernie Sanders backs Obama on Syria war

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015

The Vermont senator and presidential candidate issued a statement supporting the Obama’s policy of airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

US ratchets up war rhetoric against Moscow following Turkish intercept of Russian jet

By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2015

Responding to reports that Russian jets “locked on” to Turkish fighters, Western officials issued a round of denunciations against Russian military support for the Assad government.

Washington divided over Syrian debacle

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2015

The Democratic and Republican parties are both split over how far to go in the imperialist intervention against the government of Bashar al-Assad, which is now reinforced by Russia.

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.

Threat of wider war mounts as Russia continues airstrikes in Syria

By Barry Grey, 2 October 2015

Prominent voices within the US foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment are calling for an even more reckless US policy of escalation against both Assad and Putin.

The US-Russian clash in Syria and the threat of war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2015

Moscow’s launching of air strikes in Syria is a thoroughly reactionary intervention, aimed at defending not the Syrian people, but the profit interests of Russia’s oligarchy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US-Russian tensions rise over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2015

Tensions have continued to escalate over US allegations that Russia is establishing a “forward-operating air base” outside the port city of Latakia.

German politicians and media promote military intervention in Syria

By Johannes Stern, 17 September 2015

Germany’s elite are using the refugee crisis in Europe to intensify their campaign for war.

UK National Youth Theatre cancels play on Syria after consulting police

By Tom Scripps, 17 September 2015

The cancelled production, Homegrown, explores the reasons for three London girls travelling to Syria to join ISIS.

Drumbeat grows for escalating war against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2015

The media and politicians in both the US and Western Europe have cynically seized upon the plight of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria as the pretext for intensifying the slaughter.

UK Prime Minister Cameron calls for “hard military force” in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 11 September 2015

The British government and its allies are now unabashed in their calls for war in Syria and the removal of Bashar Al-Assad.

Washington threatens confrontation with Russia over Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2015

The threats to Moscow over aid to Syria underscore Washington’s overriding aim of regime-change.

Cameron government justifies targeted assassinations of UK citizens

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 9 September 2015

The attack parallels the Obama administration’s policy of extrajudicial executions and constitutes a violation of democratic rights and the rule of law.

Turkish government escalates war against Kurdish PKK

By Jean Shaoul and Halil Celik, 9 September 2015

The Turkish government has put much of southeastern Turkey under de facto martial law and is escalating its military operations against the Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and 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.

Prime Minister Cameron confirms Royal Air Force killed two British citizens in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2015

The government’s admission that it ordered the targeted assassination of two Britons in Syria parallels the extra-judicial murders of its own citizens by the US government.

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.

Mass protests against failing infrastructure shake Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2015

Protests demanding the treatment of uncollected trash also express opposition to Lebanon’s endemic corruption and its sectarian system of government.

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.

Scores of refugees die brutally in the Mediterranean

By Robert Stevens, 18 August 2015

At least 49 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the coast of Libya Saturday, thought to have asphyxiated after inhaling fumes from fuel.

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.

Major powers intensify diplomatic maneuvering over fate of Assad regime

By Thomas Gaist, 14 August 2015

The Russian government held negotiations this week aimed at a political settlement to end the war in Syria through installation of a transitional national unity regime.

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2015

Through all its dizzying contradictions and the mass of lies employed to sell it, the war’s only consistent features are the predatory aims and methods of US imperialism.

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.

Washington stunned by attack on US mercenaries in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 August 2015

The US reaction only underscores Washington's attempts to forge an alliance with the Al Qaeda affiliate in the war for regime change.

Turkey put on a war footing

By Halil Celik and Jean Shaoul, 31 July 2015

President Erdoğan’s government has mobilised the military and police to target both the Kurdish nationalist movement and the “left” and anti-war opposition in general.

US, Turkey prepare to escalate Syrian intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2015

The deal reached between Washington and Ankara has set the stage for a major escalation of the war for regime change against Syria.

NATO backs Turkish/US regime-change offensive in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2015

In exchange for a green light to attack the Kurds, Turkey has made a U-turn to join the US-led campaign of air strikes in Syria.

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.

Turkey joins US war in Syria

By our Turkish correspondent, 25 July 2015

While joining the US war against ISIS, Ankara is simultaneously stepping up its offensive against Kurdish nationalist groups.

Atrocity sparks calls for Turkish intervention in Syria

By our Turkish correspondent, 22 July 2015

Dozens were killed by a suicide bomb outside a cultural center in a town on the Turkish border with Syria.

Conservative government concealed UK participation in Syria air strikes

By Julie Hyland, 18 July 2015

British pilots have carried out attacks in flagrant disregard for the August 2013 parliamentary vote against British military involvement in Syria.

UN report: Syria faces worst refugee crisis in recent history

By Thomas Gaist, 10 July 2015

One-sixth of the total Syrian population has fled the country and some 230,000 have been killed as a result of the civil war that erupted in 2011, according to the UN estimates.

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.

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.

The US arming of ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2015

Underlying the massive rearmament of ISIS forces with captured US weapons are the contradictory and vastly destructive policies pursued by US imperialism.

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.

Behind the recriminations over the fall of Ramadi

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2015

The US defense secretary’s charge that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” has evoked counter-charges that Washington has no real desire to crush ISIS.

Turkey says US agrees to provide air cover for anti-Assad “rebels” in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 26 May 2015

The provision of air cover by the US for its proxy forces on the ground in Syria would follow the pattern of the 2011 US-NATO air war in Libya.

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.

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.

US begins training new “rebel” army for operations in Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 9 May 2015

In preparation for expanded interventions in Syria and elsewhere, the US Defense Department will train some 15,000 militants at camps in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.

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.

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.