The Iraq 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.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 October 2014
Preparations are being made to substantially escalate the US military presence and participation in ground combat operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Mike Head and Peter Symonds, 9 October 2014
The Greens are positioning themselves as a political lightning rod for anti-war opposition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By Barry Grey, 25 September 2014
What above all distinguished Obama's speech was the complete disconnect between its assertions and political reality.
By Ben McGrath, 25 September 2014
The government in Seoul has not ruled out providing military assistance to the US in the Middle East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 September 2014
Mufid Elfgeeh was arrested after purchasing inoperative weapons from FBI informants posing as aspiring ISIS militants
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Barry Grey, 13 September 2014
The new war represents a massive escalation of US imperialist aggression in the entire Middle East and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 8 September 2014
By Peter Symonds, 8 September 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2014
The Obama administration is preparing a further explosion of imperialist aggression in both Iraq and Syria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 August 2014
The defence minister has signalled a new stage in the revival of German militarism.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2014
For the first time, the Germany military will send “non-humanitarian” equipment to Iraq.
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.
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 18 August 2014
All of Germany’s official government and opposition parties are supporting a German military intervention 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 11 August 2014
The Islamist ISIS movement is threatening to advance on Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region.
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.
By Barry Grey, 9 August 2014
The emergence of ISIS is the outcome of the catastrophe inflicted on Iraq by US imperialism.
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.
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.
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.
By Rosa Shahnazarian, 23 July 2014
ISIS is consolidating its hold on an oil-rich region of Iraq and Syria the size of Belgium.
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.
By James Cogan, 4 July 2014
Planning is being made for a full-scale intervention into what is a cauldron of conflicts and intrigues.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 1 July 2014
The latest contingent of 300 troops arrived Sunday to provide security at the Baghdad airport.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.