Protest in Syria: Down with Assad! Moscow, Tehran out of our country

Vol. 84/No. 24 - June 22, 2020
Mainly youthful protesters in Suweida, southern Syria, June 7, chanted “Get out Bashar,” and “Syria is for us, it is not for Assad’s family.” They called for Russian and Iranian forces, which have propped up Bashar al-Assad’s regime during brutal civil conflicts since 2011, to get out.

Chanting, “The people want the fall of the regime” and other slogans calling for the toppling of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, hundreds of demonstrators marched in Suweida June 7. This is an area in Syria where most people backed Assad…


Opponents of Assad in Syria protest Islamist rule in Idlib

Vol. 84/No. 20 - May 25, 2020

Residents of several towns and villages in Idlib province in Syria organized protests April 30 against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former al-Qaeda affiliate that controls the area. They demanded that the reactionary sect’s forces halt moves to reopen to…


Syria ‘cease-fire’ in Idlib masks ongoing conflicts

Vol. 84/No. 11 - March 23, 2020

The Russian and Turkish governments signed a tentative cease-fire deal March 5 after months of deadly clashes between the rival Syrian forces they back that are fighting for control of Idlib province. Similar “de-escalation” deals between the same powers have…


Syrian, Turkish forces clash in Idlib as 9-year civil war widens

Vol. 84/No. 10 - March 16, 2020

The Syrian and Turkish governments are intensifying airstrikes on each other’s forces as they fight over control of Syria’s Idlib province, a region held by armed groups opposed to the Bashar al-Assad regime. Alongside the two fighting forces, Moscow, Tehran…


Over a million Syrians forced to flee Idlib in face of regime’s offensive

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

The Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad — backed by Moscow’s air power and Tehran-organized militias — continues its murderous bombardment of rebel fighters and civilians in the country’s Idlib province, with disastrous consequences for working people. Over a third of…


Assad regime offensive in Syria brings devastation

Vol. 84/No. 8 - March 2, 2020

The offensive against rebel forces and civilians in Syria’s Idlib province carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime and its backers in Moscow and Tehran has intensified since December. The assaults have forced 800,000 people to flee their homes, the…


Ankara hands off Kurds in Syria! US out of Mideast!

Vol. 83/No. 39 - October 28, 2019

  The capitalist rulers in Turkey and Islamist Syrian forces they arm and control launched airstrikes, artillery bombardments and a ground invasion of northeastern Syria Oct. 9, targeting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces there. Their goal is to weaken the…



Syrian gov’t, Moscow step up strikes on opposition forces in Idlib province

Vol. 83/No. 13 - April 1, 2019

Stepped-up bombing of Syrian rebel-held communities in Idlib province by the government in Damascus and its backer in Moscow  are deepening the ruinous conditions eight years of war have inflicted on working people there.  Conflicting interests among the capitalist powers…


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…