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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 December 2015
Israel’s preparation for more overt involvement in Syria coincides with its stepped-up repression of the Palestinians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2015
The airstrike on Raqqa is a decisive step in the degeneration of bourgeois democracy in France.
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.
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
By Halil Celik, 15 October 2015
The Erdogan government used the police to impose bans on rallies.
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.
By Stéphane Hugues, 13 October 2015
The Socialist Party government claimed those targeted might in future carry out terrorist attacks in France.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 17 September 2015
Germany’s elite are using the refugee crisis in Europe to intensify their campaign for war.
By Tom Scripps, 17 September 2015
The cancelled production, Homegrown, explores the reasons for three London girls travelling to Syria to join ISIS.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2015
The threats to Moscow over aid to Syria underscore Washington’s overriding aim of regime-change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2015
The previously secret “targeted killing” program appears to be aimed at beheading ISIS.
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.
By James Cogan, 22 August 2015
Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.