The Iraq War
By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2016
The unannounced trip is the highest-level official US visit to Iraq since the emergence of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
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.
By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2016
The movement of heavy bombers to the Persian Gulf is a major escalation in the US war, carried out with virtually no public discussion.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 March 2016
More than four years after the official end of the US occupation of Iraq, and with a current presence of some 5,000 troops, military leaders are calling for additional military assets.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2016
At least 5,000 US troops are now in Iraq, some 20 percent more than the “cap” supposedly set by the Obama White House.
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.
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.
By Tom Carter, 8 February 2016
After 12 years of litigation, the Obama administration has released only 198 out of at least 2,000 photographs depicting torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2016
From January 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015, the UN recorded at least 55,047 civilian casualties, while warning that the real toll could be much higher.
Twenty-five years since the first Gulf War
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.
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.
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.
By Gustav Kemper and Johannes Stern, 11 January 2016
A glance at the foreign ministry’s web site leaves no doubt about the economic interests being pursued by German imperialism.
By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2016
Despite media headlines suggesting the arrested men have ties to ISIS, the only charges brought to date involve Internet chatter and making false statements to immigration officials.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2015
The Times’ duplicitous cheerleading for the military action by the Pentagon and its Iraqi puppet forces serves only to cover up for those who are principally to blame for the rise of ISIS.
By James Cogan, 29 December 2015
Amidst boasting by Iraqi Prime Minister of the “liberation” of Ramadi, even the sanitised media footage shows scenes of utter devastation.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2015
The latest death toll from the US bombing campaign came as Iraqi troops and militias entered the ISIS-held city of Ramadi.
By Roger Jordan, 21 December 2015
Canada’s media is becoming increasingly shrill in its demand that Trudeau renege on his election pledge to recall Canada’s fighter jets from the Iraq-Syria war.
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 David Walsh, 27 November 2015
This elegantly composed documentary attempts to interweave the complex saga of the director’s own family with the larger history of Iraq over the past half-century or more.
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 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, 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 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.
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 Chris Marsden, 28 October 2015
It was the Labour Party, and not simply Blair, which backed the second war in Iraq, just as it did the first in 1990, and as it did in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.
By Chris Marsden, 27 October 2015
Blair’s partial apology was designed to divert from the central issue of his joining with George W. Bush in launching an illegal war of aggression to bring about regime change.
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 Thomas Gaist, 24 October 2015
Amid signs of a US-Russian tug-of-war for influence over the government in Baghdad, dozens of elite US soldiers joined Kurdish fighters to assault ISIS positions in northern Iraq.
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 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 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 Paul Mitchell, 31 August 2015
The continued suppression of the Chilcot report, authorized over six years ago, is a sign of the explosive political fallout that will accompany its publication.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 July 2015
Under the pretext of fighting ISIS, Washington is escalating efforts to reassert its military and political stranglehold over Iraq while fomenting sectarian divisions in the country.
By Sandy English, 25 June 2015
The new collection makes certain telling observations about the experiences of American Marines and others who invaded and occupied Iraq.
By James Cogan, 22 June 2015
The Obama administration has signalled that it is indifferent to Iraq’s sovereignty and even its existence.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 June 2015
The new US bases will be manned by hundreds of newly deployed US troops, over and above the 450 additional US soldiers approved by the White House earlier this week.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 June 2015
The catastrophe of its own making is drawing US imperialism into an escalating military intervention in the Middle East.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 June 2015
The public face of Iraq for decades, Aziz faced deteriorating health during his dozen years of imprisonment, much of which was spent in solitary confinement.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2015
The fall to ISIS of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, is a debacle both for the Baghdad government and the US war strategy in Iraq.
By our reporter, 18 May 2015
The capital city of Anbar province has been under attack by ISIS forces for more than a year.
By Johannes Stern and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2015
The massive refugee death toll in the Mediterranean is a grim form of collateral damage from the imperialist wars waged in the name of “human rights.”
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.
By Peter Symonds, 16 April 2015
While denying any further expansion of the Australian role in the US-led war, Prime Minister Abbott said such matters were under “constant review.”
By Niles Williamson, 14 April 2015
Four former employees of private security contractor Blackwater were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on Monday for their role in the notorious Nisour Square slayings.
By Patrick Martin, 27 March 2015
The air strikes followed a direct request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi, and the withdrawal of the Iranian official who was directing the ground assault on the city.
By Roger Jordan, 26 March 2015
The expansion of Canadian bombing raids to Syria is a new act of aggression and a major step towards Canada’s participation in a war for regime change in Damascus.
By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2015
The Pentagon has been fighting for more than a decade to keep visual evidence of the torture at Abu Ghraib and other military sites from becoming public.
By Halil Celik, 17 March 2015
Turkey was until recently reluctant to play an active role in the US-led coalition, and was subject to considerable criticism from the Western powers.
By Niles Williamson, 16 March 2015
The atrocities committed by American-backed units in Iraq, including beheadings and the desecration of corpses, expose the hypocritical claims that the war against ISIS is being waged in defense of human rights.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2015
The January 25 election of Syriza has laid bare the evolution of these groups into open supporters of capitalist governments.
By Roger Jordan, 13 March 2015
The death last week of Canadian Special Forces Sgt. Andrew Doiron provides further proof of Ottawa’s growing involvement in ground combat operations in Iraq.
By Sandy English, 9 March 2015
ISIS has destroyed the remnants of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, statues in the Nineveh Museum, manuscripts in the Mosul Library and the Roman-period city of Hatra.
By James Cogan—SEP candidate for Summer Hill, 6 March 2015
Workers and youth must take the sharpest warning from the latest decision to send more Australian troops to Iraq as part of Washington’s broader war plans.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 February 2015
Not only did Britain’s security service MI5 carefully track the movements of “Jihadi John,” it carried out an active campaign to recruit him as an informant and covert agent.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 February 2015
US advisors and special forces will train and accompany Iraqi combat forces in a drive to retake the largest city currently under ISIS control, threatening a new bloodbath.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 February 2015
The Authorization for Use of Military Force presented to Congress by the White House yesterday aims to establish a new legal framework for war throughout the Middle East and beyond.
By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2015
Sworn testimony and affidavits filed in federal court shed light on the role of the Saudi monarchy in the 9/11 attacks, long covered up by the US military/intelligence apparatus.
By Johannes Stern, 31 January 2015
In February, Bundeswehr trainers leave to train the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against the Islamic State.
By Will Morrow, 29 January 2015
Shorten’s trip to Iraq underscores the Labor Party’s complete alignment with the US-led war in the Middle East and Washington’s broader militarist agenda.
By Paul Mitchell, 23 January 2015
The UK/US-hosted summit in London discussed plans for stepping up military action in Iraq.
By Chris Marsden, 23 January 2015
Among the records that will reportedly not be published is a minute of a conversation between Tony Blair and George W. Bush six weeks before the Iraq invasion.
By Will Morrow, 12 January 2015
Australian troops are attached to Iraqi units that function as sectarian death squads, murdering suspected opponents of the US puppet regime.
By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2015
US warplanes have bombed at least 3,222 targets inside Iraq and Syria and destroyed some 980 structures, an official Pentagon announcement said Wednesday.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2015
Abbott’s visit coincides with the Obama administration’s push to expand the size and operations of US forces.
By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2015
A former US airbase in Anbar province, where 300 US trainers and Special Forces operatives are located, is surrounded by ISIS and under continuous attack.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 December 2014
The report of US “advisers” engaging in combat with ISIS comes as the Pentagon prepares to deploy elements of the 82nd Airborne to Iraq.
By Mark Blackwood, 17 December 2014
Iraq is once again at the center of the imperialist scramble for domination of the Middle East and Eurasia.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 December 2014
The German parliament’s imminent backing of a combat mission in Iraq marks a crucial step in the unleashing of German militarism.
By Roger Jordan, 29 November 2014
Canada’s Conservative government is now trying to concoct a pseudo-legal justification for involving the country in air strikes against Syria.
By Peter Symonds, 28 November 2014
The US State Department’s comments are utterly cynical given the Pentagon’s indifference to civilian casualties in its new Middle East war.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2014
The US president’s remark came as the top uniformed commander carried out an unannounced visit to Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2014
The Pentagon is “certainly considering” sending US ground troops into Iraq, as the Obama administration debates escalating campaign for regime change in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2014
In the first stage of the latest US escalation, “advisers” are being dispatched to Anbar to pave the way for more “boots on the ground.”
By Tom Peters, 12 November 2014
The decision to join the renewed US war in the Middle East has been made behind the backs of the New Zealand people.
By James Cogan, 11 November 2014
Planning is undoubtedly underway for bloody attacks to retake major Iraqi cities currently controlled by ISIS.
By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2014
US warplanes struck along a 400-mile front from Idlib, in northwestern Syria, to Mosul in northern Iraq, and at numerous locations in western Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 November 2014
The collapse of the so-called “moderate rebels” in Syria comes as the Pentagon is attempting to rebuild the Iraqi army for an anti-ISIS offensive next year.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2014
Gen. Dempsey’s proposal would put US troops in predominantly Sunni Anbar province, where ISIS controls roughly 80 percent of the territory.
By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2014
The US is seeking to forge closer ties with the Kurdish militia groups as it pursues its broader aims of regime-change in Syria.
SEP Public Meetings
27 October 2014
Once again, the US military machine has dropped bombs upon a defenseless country in the Middle East—this time Syria. As with “shock and awe” against Iraq in 2003 and the “humanitarian” war for regime-change in Libya in 2011, Washington has launched a war of aggression based upon lies.
By Niles Williamson, 25 October 2014
Two items in Friday’s Washington Post reporting chemical weapons attacks in Iraq and Syria are part of a propaganda campaign by the media to turn the operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria into a war to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2014
The reason for the White House’s determination to cover up the crimes of the Bush administration is clear enough. In the words of Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”