Stories by Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specialising in U.S. national security policy. The paperback edition of his latest book, "Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam", was published in 2006. subscribe to Gareth Porter's feed

Posted on: Jan 4, 2015, Source: Middle East Eye

No military or counter-terrorism analyst believes that the military force applied in Iraq and Syria has even the slightest chance of defeating IS.

Posted on: Feb 24, 2014, Source: Inter Press Service

The Obama administration's insistence that Iran discuss its ballistic missile program have been forcefully rejected by the Islamic Republic.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2013, Source: Inter Press Service

Major revelations have further damaged the credibility of the Bulgarian claim to have found links between the suspects behind the Bulgaria bomb blast and Hezbollah.

Posted on: May 29, 2012, Source: Inter Press Service

The inflexible U.S. diplomatic posture reflects President Barack Obama's need to bow to the demands of Israel and the U.S. Congress on Iran policy.

Posted on: May 10, 2012, Source: Inter Press Service

The claim of a deal between Iran and Al-Qaeda has been discredited by former officials in the wake of publication of documents from Osama bin Laden's files.

Posted on: May 2, 2012, Source: Inter Press Service

The Obama administration's success in obscuring the fact that the war will continue for many years down the road is the real story.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2012, Source: Inter Press Service

An Iranian representative says it was the IAEA's positions that scuttled a potential agreement

Posted on: Dec 29, 2011, Source:

A court case resulting in a "finding of fact" that Iran assisted al Qaeda is a tapestry of recycled fabrications and distortions of fact from a bizarre cast of characters.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2011, Source: Inter Press Service

A former inspector for the IAEA has repudiated its major new claim that Iran built an explosives chamber to test components of a nuclear weapon.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2011, Source: IPS News

U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2011, Source: IPS News

A new study finds U.S. Special Operations Forces are targeting Afghan civilians in violation of the laws of war.

Posted on: Mar 24, 2011, Source: IPS News

If the same law used in counting victims of Taliban assassinations were applied to those targeted in night raids, the victims would have to be considered civilian casualties.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010, Source:

Documents at the center of the case against Iran show telltale signs of fraud.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2010, Source:

The report shows conclusively that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2010, Source: Inter Press Service

Obama's refusal in a White House briefing this month to announce a "red line" in regard to Iran's nuclear program is a promising sign.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2010, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Neocons are supporting an Israeli attack on Iran in the hope that the U.S. would be drawn into the ensuing conflict.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2010, Source: IPS News

The Afghan population in the Taliban heartland is not cooperating with U.S. and NATO forces.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2010, Source: IPS News

Marjah isn't even a town, but rather one of the clearest and most dramatic examples of a war of perception as outlined in the US's counter-insurgency doctrine.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source: IPS News

Obama's rationale for escalation in Afghanistan is based on a notion that he recently rejected: the supposedly indissoluble link between the Taliban insurgency and al Qaeda.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2009, Source: IPS News

In a 63-page paper reflecting conversations with others who have served in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis argues that it's too late for the U.S. to defeat the insurgency.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2009, Source: IPS News

Obama team's charge that construction on Iran's second uranium-enrichment facility is part of a covert decision to violate its nuclear treaty obligations is questioned.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2009, Source: IPS News

General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani may be providing assistance to Taliban insurgents, yet the U.S. government continues to fund the Pakistan military.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2009, Source: IPS News

The police in Helmand province, who are linked to the local warlord, have committed horrific abuses against pre-teen boys.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2009, Source: IPS News

The five Iranian detainees were grabbed in a 2007 raid on vague claims by the U.S. military that they were part of a "clandestine network."

Posted on: Jun 15, 2009, Source: CounterPunch

U.S. Forces in Afghanistan have been paying locals to target terrorist strongholds. But is it working?

Posted on: Apr 18, 2009, Source: IPS News

U.S. air strikes have been touted as eliminating top al Qaeda leaders, but they are actually weakening Pakistan’s defense against the insurgency.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2009, Source: IPS News

Strategists argue that escalating U.S. airstrikes and raids in Pakistan could actually strengthen radical jihadi groups.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2009, Source: IPS News

"They will be called advisory and assistance brigades," says Defense Secretary Gates. "They won't be called combat brigades."

Posted on: Mar 9, 2009, Source: IPS News

The notion that U.S. military presence has definitively shaped the region has been thoroughly discredited.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2009, Source: IPS News

Obama refused to send the full 30,000 troops requested by his generals because they had no plan for how to use them.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2009, Source: IPS News

David Petraeus and Ray Odierno say Obama's 16-month withdrawal plan is too risky. But a senior commander in Iraq disagrees.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2009, Source: IPS News

A network of senior military officers appears to be engaged in an effort to mobilize public opinion against Obama's decision to leave Iraq.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2008, Source: IPS News

Both Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and whoever is chosen as his opponent are expected to try to pin responsibility for Western sanctions on each other.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2008, Source: IPS News

Mere weeks after 9/11, the Bush administration was too busy planning to invade Iraq to follow through on its mission in Afghanistan.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2008, Source: IPS News

Signs that the Iraqi PM's stance on U.S. withdrawal is hardening is undermining Bush's plan for indefinite occupation.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2008, Source: IPS News

Now is not the first time the Iraqi Prime Minister sought a timetable for U.S. withdrawal.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2008, Source: IPS News

New Iraqi resistance to U.S. demands reflects Iran's influence as well as Sadr's belief that he could succeed in driving U.S. forces out.

Posted on: Jun 13, 2008, Source: IPS News

American promises made to the Iraqi government on the question of military bases have been revealed as carefully-worded ruses.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2008, Source: IPS News

How Pentagon officials firmly opposed a proposal by Dick Cheney last summer for airstrikes against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Posted on: May 23, 2008, Source: IPS News

The military insists that Iranian arms are fueling the Iraqi insurgency, but continue to provide little evidence to back up the claim.