Trump plan to draw down troops in Syria, Afghanistan stirs debate

Vol. 83/No. 2 - January 14, 2019
Syrian child in refugee camp, in Lebanon, 2014. Yearslong war grew out of Syrian dictatorship’s brutal assault on popular rebellion, and interventions by Washington, Tehran, Moscow and other capitalist powers, leading to over 400,000 killed and millions driven from their homes.

President Donald Trump announced plans Dec. 19 to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and cut by nearly half Washington’s forces in Afghanistan. The decision galvanized some in his administration,  and pro-war liberal Democrats and Republicans alike, into calling for the…


US gov’t meets with Taliban to seek end to Afghan war

Vol. 82/No. 30 - August 13, 2018

State Department official Alice Wells met with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, in mid-July to pave the way for one-on-one Washington-Taliban talks aimed at ending the 17-year-long Afghanistan war. The administration of Donald Trump would like to wind down the…


US rulers’ Afghan war drags on amid ‘great power competition’

Vol. 82/No. 10 - March 12, 2018

Determined to advance their political and military interests in Asia, the U.S. rulers are increasing airstrikes in Afghanistan. Washington hopes to preserve the weak Afghan government and both contain recent gains by the Taliban and force negotiations with them. Begun…