The Iraq War

Australia expands military involvement in Middle East war

By Mike Head, 24 October 2014

Australian attacks in Iraq are assisting the US to pursue the real thrust of the war—a renewed drive by Washington to oust Syrian President Assad.

Obama administration considers sending more “advisers” to Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2014

Preparations are being made to substantially escalate the US military presence and participation in ground combat operations.

US boosts support for Kurdish militia in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2014

While the PYD and its armed wing are still on the US list of terrorist organisations, Secretary of State Kerry is rebadging them as Washington’s latest “valiant” freedom fighters.

US boosts air war in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 17 October 2014

As the US seeks to consolidate its presence in Iraq and further plans for regime change in Syria, the logic of the military situation points to a further escalation of the war.

Australia’s pseudo-left organisation complicit in US war for regime change in Syria

By Will Morrow, 17 October 2014

Socialist Alternative has yet to write a single article even acknowledging that US bombs have begun to rain down on Syria. As the old maxim states, silence is consent.

US-backed militias commit war crimes in Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2014

Shia militias, among the only ground forces to make advances against ISIS, have carried out a deadly campaign of sectarian violence against Sunnis.

Obama meets anti-ISIS “coalition” amid rising US-Turkish tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2014

The meeting at Andrews Air Force Base could not mask the deepening divisions over the strategy guiding the US-led war in Iraq and Syria.

Drumbeat grows for US troops in Middle East war

By Peter Symonds, 13 October 2014

Top US general Martin Dempsey has again suggested that American military advisers will be needed in a frontline combat role.

Toxic fallout from US war produces record child birth defect rates in Iraq

By Thomas Gaist, 13 October 2014

Two decades of US military bombardment have saturated Iraq with genotoxic compounds, leading to historically unprecedented rates of birth defects and child cancers.

US, Turkey at odds over Syria intervention

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2014

Obama and Erdogan are in conflict over the methods to achieve their common goal, the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad.

The Australian Greens and their phony anti-war posturing

By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014

The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.

Turkey demands US back war to topple Syria’s Assad

By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2014

As ISIS forces were poised to take the Syrian border town of Kobani, Turkish President Erdogan reiterated his conditions for joining the US-led war in the region.

The Mideast war and the US election

By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2014

Four weeks before the congressional election, the Democrats and Republicans are engaged in a conspiracy of silence over US war plans in the Middle East.

ISIS gains provide further pretext for US ground troops in Iraq and Syria

By Mike Head, 7 October 2014

Air strikes by the US and its allies have failed to halt the ISIS siege of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border.

New Zealand government prepares to join US war in Middle East

By Tom Peters, 7 October 2014

Just nine days after his government was re-elected, Prime Minister John Key said he would consider sending soldiers to Iraq.

UK terror trial collapses because defendant briefed MI5

By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2014

Moazzam Begg was one of four people arrested in February on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp in Syria, possessing documents for a purpose connected to terrorism.

Behind the war against ISIS

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2014

The call for a military crusade against “savagery,” “zealots” and “raw evil” is an echo of the rhetoric employed by the yellow press over a century ago.

Australia commits to combat operations in Middle East

By James Cogan, 4 October 2014

The Abbott government’s deployment of military forces has been facilitated by the bipartisan support of the Labor Party opposition.

Canada to dramatically escalate its role in Mideast war

By Keith Jones, 4 October 2014

Canada is deploying fighter jets to participate in the US bombing campaign in Iraq and possibly Syria.

Marines in Kuwait; Turkey joins US coalition

New steps to wider war in Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2014

Despite Obama’s pledge of no boots on the ground, more than 17,000 US ground troops in Kuwait could be quickly deployed in the new war in Syria and Iraq.

Pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party backs France’s “war on terror” agenda

By Francis Dubois, 2 October 2014

The NPA’s response to the French government’s anti-terror law amounts to a defense of both imperialist war in the Middle East and police repression at home.

US ramps up war in Syria

By Peter Symonds, 30 September 2014

The Obama administration is marshalling support for a war that is primarily aimed against the Syrian government, rather than ISIS.

Le Monde promotes French government war propaganda on Iraq

By Kumaran Ira, 30 September 2014

The French daily Le Monde justifies the escalating imperialist war in the Middle East by echoing Paris’s claims that it is fighting a war against “terrorism.”

The escalating US war in Iraq and Syria

By Peter Symonds, 27 September 2014

In less than two months, Obama’s phony “humanitarian mission” to protect the Yazidis in Iraq has become a full-blown war across two countries.

Britain’s parliament votes for war in Iraq, and also Syria

By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament there was “no legal barrier” to Britain extending parliament’s approval for bombing Iraq to cover similar action in Syria.

The discovery of the “Khorasan Group” in Syria

By Niles Williamson, 27 September 2014

Alleged plotting of the so-called Khorasan Group has been used by the Obama administration as a further justification for its ongoing bombing in Syria.

UN Security Council resolution on “foreign terrorist fighters” targets democratic rights

By Joseph Kishore, 25 September 2014

The resolution, proposed by the Obama administration, comes as the major powers are implementing a raft of antidemocratic measures under the guise of a renewed “war on terror.”

Deceit and delusion at the United Nations

By Barry Grey, 25 September 2014

What above all distinguished Obama's speech was the complete disconnect between its assertions and political reality.

South Korea backs Washington’s war in Syria and Iraq

By Ben McGrath, 25 September 2014

The government in Seoul has not ruled out providing military assistance to the US in the Middle East.

US launches air strikes inside Syria

By Peter Symonds, 23 September 2014

The attacks on ISIS in Syria mark the expansion of a reckless and criminal war that will have catastrophic consequences for the Middle East and beyond.

Struggle against ISIS shields US oil grab

By Jean Shaoul, 23 September 2014

A key issue at stake in Washington’s moves against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is control of Iraq’s vast energy resources and the supply routes through its territory.

Obama marshals allies for war on Syria and Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2014

Washington’s claims to have “universal support” cannot obscure the fact that it is waging another war of aggression based on lies.

Australian anti-terror raids part of US war drive

By Nick Beams, 20 September 2014

Within hours of Australia’s largest-ever anti-terror operation, US Secretary of State Kerry invoked the lurid news reports to justify the US war in Iraq and Syria.

US generals challenge Obama on ground troops in Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2014

In a series of statements contradicting the president’s vow of no new “ground war” in Iraq, the Pentagon’s top brass has come close to insubordination.

France bombs ISIS targets in Iraq

By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2014

The air strikes marked the first European attack in support of the latest US war in Iraq and the first overt French military operation there since the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

US lays new chemical weapon allegations against Syria

By Peter Symonds, 19 September 2014

While the US shelved its planned air war against Syria last year, it has never relinquished its ambition for regime change in Damascus.

FBI arrests Rochester man in fabricated ISIS “terror plot”

By Thomas Gaist, 18 September 2014

Mufid Elfgeeh was arrested after purchasing inoperative weapons from FBI informants posing as aspiring ISIS militants

US prepares for “generational” war in the Middle East

By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2014

In Senate hearings yesterday, the top US general contradicted President Obama’s pledge that no US troops would engage in combat in Iraq or Syria.

Mediterranean shipwrecks leave over 700 refugees dead, many fleeing Mideast wars

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2014

Underlying the desperate attempts of refugees to reach Europe is the chaos that multiple imperialist interventions have inflicted upon the Middle East and Africa.

UK prepares for full military action in Syria and Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014

Using aid worker David Haines’ murder by ISIS as the casus belli, British Prime Minister Cameron is preparing to back military strikes in Iraq and Syria.

New Zealand government, opposition support US war in Middle East

By Tom Peters, 16 September 2014

On September 11, nine days ahead of New Zealand’s election, Prime Minister John Key and the main opposition Labour Party leader David Cunliffe both declared their support for the Obama administration’s decision to escalate Washington’s renewed military intervention in the Middle East.

Obama’s “coalition of the willing” against Syria, Iran

By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2014

Using the pretext of attacking ISIS militias, the US has revived its plans directed at ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and also against Syria’s backers, Iran and Russia.

Families of journalists murdered by ISIS threatened with prosecution by US government

By Niles Williamson, 15 September 2014

The families of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, both beheaded by ISIS, have come forward about threats from the Obama administration of prosecution if they paid the ransoms demanded for their sons’ lives.

The war for regime-change in Syria

By Barry Grey, 13 September 2014

The new war represents a massive escalation of US imperialist aggression in the entire Middle East and beyond.

Canada signs up for Washington’s new Mideast war

By Keith Jones, 13 September 2014

With the full support of the country’s ruling business elite, Canada has joined the new “coalition of the willing” that US imperialism has organized to wage war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

US to rapidly expand war in Iraq and Syria

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2014

While ISIS is the nominal target, the new US-led war is above all a revival of plans to topple the Assad regime in Syria.

Obama announces open-ended war in Iraq and Syria

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2014

The nationally televised speech from the White House set no limits on the escalation of US military violence in the Middle East.

Obama’s war in Iraq and Syria

By Barry Grey, 10 September 2014

The war on ISIS is camouflage for an unstated agenda, at the center of which is the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Vote on Iraqi government sets stage for expanded US war

By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2014

The Obama administration insisted on a so-called unity government as the pre-condition for a greater US military intervention against ISIS militias.

American imperialism and the rise of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq

By Niles Williamson, 9 September 2014

The American government and its European allies bear the ultimate responsibility for the rise of ISIS and other Islamic extremist organizations, such as the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front, in Syria and Iraq.

Obama prepares to escalate war in the Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2014

Obama’s statement that the Islamic State “poses a broader threat” than Al Qaeda has the most ominous implications.

Workers and youth in Australia oppose new Iraq war

By our reporters, 8 September 2014

Australian government poised to commit fighter jets to Iraq war

By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2014

US forms ten-nation coalition to escalate war in Iraq, Syria

By Patrick Martin, 6 September 2014

The agreement was announced by US officials after a meeting of the ten countries on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales.

At NATO summit, US and Europe threaten Russia, plan military action against ISIS

By Jordan Shilton, 5 September 2014

The central role in deepening the crises in both Eastern Europe and the Middle East has been played by NATO’s leading powers, above all the United States.

ISIS atrocities and US imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2014

American imperialism has built up reactionary Islamic fundamentalist groups in the Middle East for more than half a century.

US steps up Mideast military intervention

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2014

In bombing ISIS targets in Iraq around the town of Amerli, the US carried out its first military action in coordination with Shi’ite militia forces.

Australian military aircraft to supply arms to Iraqi Kurds

By Peter Symonds, 1 September 2014

As in 2003, Canberra is committing military forces to an open-ended war in Iraq behind the backs of the Australian population and on the basis of lies.

Germany sends troops to Iraq

By Wolfgang Weber, 30 August 2014

The German intervention in Iraq is part of the new militarist foreign policy announced by the government at the start of the year.

The German intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 28 August 2014

After years of relative restraint, Germany is intervening to assert its global economic and geostrategic interests by military means.

More pro-war propaganda from NY Times columnist Roger Cohen

US “errors” and the debacle in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2014

The New York Times’ Roger Cohen lays the blame for the bloody events in the region on a series of US “errors,” most importantly a failure to go to war in Syria.

Australian government ready to join US air war in Middle East

By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2014

While Abbott and his ministers claim “no decision has been made,” preparations for Australian military involvement are well advanced.

Obama vows protracted military campaign in Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2014

Obama delivered a militarist speech Tuesday to the American Legion convention amid reports that US air strikes could begin in Syria by the end of this week.

Harper to escalate Canadian military intervention in Iraq

By Félix Gauthier, 27 August 2014

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has seized on last week’s release of a video showing the gruesome beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamacist insurgents as a pretext for a further expansion of Canada’s military intervention in Iraq and the broader region of the Middle East and North Africa.

Imperialist war in search of a pretext

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2014

The Obama administration is preparing a further explosion of imperialist aggression in both Iraq and Syria.

Australian government weighs up joining US air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 25 August 2014

The Australian reported that options under discussion include dispatching ground forces as well as war planes to participate in the expanding US intervention in Iraq.

Foley execution used to call for UK military action in Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 25 August 2014

Following each act of terrorism committed by Islamic fundamentalists in the UK, it has soon emerged that the intelligence services knew the perpetrators in advance.

Italian government sends weapons to northern Iraq

By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014

Italy’s dispatch of weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq is part of a wider aggressive policy pursued by Germany and the EU.

Sectarian massacre in Iraq as US escalates intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 23 August 2014

The slaughter of scores of Sunnis at a mosque northeast of Baghdad underscores the threat of a sectarian civil war.

Who is responsible for the murder of James Foley?

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2014

The vicious execution of the American journalist has been seized upon as the pretext for launching new US wars of aggression in the Middle East.

German government to deliver weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 August 2014

The defence minister has signalled a new stage in the revival of German militarism.

More US troops and air strikes in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2014

Washington’s overriding aim is to establish a client regime in Baghdad that is more amenable to US strategic and economic interests.

ISIS murders US journalist James Foley

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2014

The condolences issued by Obama are saturated with hypocrisy as Washington prepares to exploit the death to further its aggressive aims in the region.

UK joins US military offensive in Iraq

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise that “Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq” is worthless.

Germany expands its intervention in Iraq

By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2014

For the first time, the Germany military will send “non-humanitarian” equipment to Iraq.

Obama claims “progress” in Iraq intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2014

The president’s statement Monday underscored that the US intervention in Iraq is steadily escalating in terms of both its means and objectives.

US expands air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 18 August 2014

American military involvement in Iraq is set to grow after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stepped aside last week.

German army intervenes in Iraq

By Ulrich Rippert, 18 August 2014

All of Germany’s official government and opposition parties are supporting a German military intervention in Iraq.

Australia’s pseudo-left covers up for US imperialism in Iraq

By Patrick O’Connor, 18 August 2014

Socialist Alternative seeks to justify its continuing support for the US-led regime-change operation in Syria by arguing that US imperialism is no longer a significant factor in Middle East politics.

Dropping initial pretext, Obama vows to continue Iraq intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 15 August 2014

The Pentagon reported that a supposedly desperate humanitarian crisis on Mount Sinjar, a principal pretext for the US military intervention, no longer existed.

US combat troops return to Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 14 August 2014

The 130 Special Forces troops are only the first wave of what is likely to be a much larger force.

Political crisis grips Baghdad as US escalates intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2014

The Obama administration is pursuing contradictory policies, demanding a unity government in Baghdad while arming the Peshmerga militia in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Australian government backs renewed US war in Iraq

By Mike Head, 12 August 2014

The Australian defence minister has declared Canberra’s preparedness to provide whatever assistance the US wants as it mounts a wider military offensive.

The war cabal in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 11 August 2014

The United States has gone to war again in Iraq, in defiance of popular opposition and without even a pretense of democratic debate.

No end date for US military intervention in Iraq

By James Cogan, 11 August 2014

The Islamist ISIS movement is threatening to advance on Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region.

France backs renewed US war in Iraq

By Kumaran Ira, 11 August 2014

France is supporting the US decision to launch air strikes in Iraq, amid the civil war unleashed by the imperialist proxy war in neighboring Syria.

ISIS in Iraq: A disaster made in the USA

By Barry Grey, 9 August 2014

The emergence of ISIS is the outcome of the catastrophe inflicted on Iraq by US imperialism.

Obama authorises a new air war in Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 8 August 2014

Once again, US imperialism is playing the humanitarian card—the plight of Iraq’s Yazidi minority—to justify its predatory aims.

US boosts missile sales to Iraq

By Peter Symonds, 1 August 2014

The deal is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to shore up the Baghdad regime and US interests in the region.

ISIS: The jihadist movement stamped “Made in America”

By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2014

The US, the major European powers, and their regional allies all previously lent financial, military and political support to ISIS and similar groups.

US-backed Iraqi regime fails to retake Tikrit from Al Qaeda-linked ISIS forces

By Rosa Shahnazarian, 23 July 2014

ISIS is consolidating its hold on an oil-rich region of Iraq and Syria the size of Belgium.

Relations collapse between Iraqi government and Kurdish region

By James Cogan, 12 July 2014

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused the Kurdish leadership of being part of a conspiracy with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

US general suggests re-invasion of Iraq if “national interests drive us there”

By James Cogan, 4 July 2014

Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.

Jordan deploys troops along border with Iraq

By Jean Shaoul, 2 July 2014

The civil war in Iraq is drawing in Washington’s allies in the region, including Jordan—long hailed as an oasis of stability in the Middle East.

Obama sends more US troops to Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2014

The latest contingent of 300 troops arrived Sunday to provide security at the Baghdad airport.

Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?

By Bill Van Auken, 30 June 2014

The destruction wrought by US imperialism in Iraq, Libya and Syria is an indictment not merely of a set of policies, but of an entire corrupt, predatory social order.

Regional powers drawn into Iraq civil war

By Chris Marsden, 30 June 2014

The civil war in Iraq is deepening into a nightmarish conflict for which the United States bears chief responsibility.

US escalates intervention in Mideast crisis

By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2014

On Thursday, the White House asked Congress to authorize $500 million for direct US military training and equipment for Sunni insurgents fighting the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Blackwater mercenaries on trial in US court for 2007 Iraq massacre

By Kate Randall, 28 June 2014

The September 16, 2007 shootings by Blackwater mercenaries left 14 Iraqis dead and wounded 18 others in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

Region-wide war threatens as Iraqi state disintegrates

By James Cogan, 27 June 2014

Iraq’s prime minister has turned toward enlisting the assistance of Shiite militias, the Iranian Shiite regime and Russia.