Crisis in West Asia continues to expand and intensify

As reported previously, the mass exodus of people from Syria and neighbouring countries is a reflection of the intensifying cycle of repression, war and exploitation in that region. The announcement by Australia that it will now target Islamic State in Syria will only intensify the suffering of ordinary Syrians without resolving any of the issues that are fuelling the civil war. In neighbouring Lebanon and Iraq, popular protests against the respective governments are continuing; in Yemen more foreign armies are intervening in that conflict; while in Turkey the internal political crisis of the government is reigniting the conflict in Kurdish areas with attacks on opposition political organisations and a renewed military offensive against the PKK.