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The West tries to bolster its struggling Syrian allies

14 January 2014
Foreign ministers from governments that back sections of the Syrian opposition have intervened to ensure their allies are part of plans for a post-Assad Syria. 

US intervention in Iraq encouraged growth of Al Qaida

07 January 2014
The US is sending advanced weapons to the Iraqi government to help crush a growing rebellion in Anbar province in the west of the country. Anbar was a centre of the resistance against the 2003-2011 US occupation.

Bashar al Assad's regime targeted children to try and break revolt

26 November 2013
A new report has revealed the scale of casualties among children in Syria since a revolt began in March 2011.

Israel bombs Syria—again

05 November 2013
Israeli jets bombed a base near Latakia in Syria on Thursday of last week.

Syria deal exposes Obama’s weakness

01 October 2013
A few weeks ago the US looked poised to launch a military attack on Syria. Now a deal on Syrian chemical weapons appears to be sealed—and a historic thaw in relations with Iran has been thrown in for good measure.

Rebels take on the regime - and it's 'fifth column' in Syria

24 September 2013
The threat of US intervention is opening up divisions in the opposition even as the regime admits it has reached stalemate, warns Simon Assaf

Obama’s Syria deal with Russia shows the limits of US power

17 September 2013
US president Barack Obama has stepped back from his threat to bomb Syria. The US and Russia signed an accord in Geneva last Saturday. 

Syrian voices oppose Western intervention

10 September 2013
A growing number of insurgent organisations in Syria have declared their opposition to a US strike on Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Obama's desperate measures to get support for Syria attack

10 September 2013
Barack Obama is exposing the faultlines of US power as he goes all out to win a vote to attack Syria.

The struggle continues across the Middle East

03 September 2013
Much of the media has written off the struggles that began the Arab Spring as either defeated or dangerous, but the revolutions aren’t over, writes Judith Orr

Islam and the resistance

03 September 2013
There are good reasons to oppose a war on Syria, and there are dreadful ones. And one of the worst is to avoid being on the same side as Islamists.

Notes from the Syrian uprising

03 September 2013
“This is a popular revolution—at its heart are the workers, the masses and the rural poor. It began in the popular working class districts and spread to the countryside.

Syria's history of repression and revolt

03 September 2013
Syria’s modern history has been shaped by imperial domination.

‘The West’s war will weaken Syria's revolution’

03 September 2013
Western intervention will either strengthen Assad’s grip or destroy the gains of the Syrian revolt, says Lebanese socialist Bassem Chit

Things they say

03 September 2013
In their own words on Syria

Losing war vote puts Tories on the back foot

03 September 2013
We are taught that the ruling class is all-powerful, that we have to endure everything they impose, whether imperialist war or welfare cuts. Yet last week David Cameron and the Tories wanted to go to war and didn’t succeed and they are reeling from the shock.

United Nations bombs are no better for imperial victims

03 September 2013
Many people who oppose a Western attack on Syria feel that intervention would be more legitimate if the United Nations (UN) backed it but it doesn't make a difference.

Britain supplies weapons to dictators

03 September 2013
Part of the mess the government is in over Syria is about who to arm. But in the best traditions of the arms trade the Tories have it both ways.

Cameron’s defeat over Syria vote leaves rulers in disarray

03 September 2013
The ruling classes of the Western powers are in turmoil over military intervention in Syria. The British and French governments have spent months lobbying US president Barack Obama to lead a military strike on Syria. But now prime minister David Cameron has lost the vote in the British parliament. His previous belligerence just compounds the humiliation. His authority is weakened on the international stage, at home and in his own party.

Cameron—at war with his own side over Syria

03 September 2013
David Cameron’s defeat in the House of Commons last week has left the policy of using Western military power for “humanitarian” purposes in tatters.

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