Barack Obama

'I'm back,' Hillary Clinton tells Iowa, where Barack Obama beat her nearly seven years ago

David Lightman Hillary Clinton all but kicked off her 2016 White House campaign bid before a festive crowd of 6000 in this pivotal state, presenting herself as a champion of the still-struggling middle class.

Barack Obama widens US effort against ISIL, flags Syria action

obama

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama has detailed his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State terrorist group, including ramping up the bombing campaign in Iraq, expanding it...

'We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL': Barack Obama's speech in full

US President Barack Obama delivers a prime-time address from the White House.

Barack Obama Now let's make two things clear: ISIL is not "Islamic." No religion condones the killing of innocents and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state.

What would an independent Scotland entail?

Scotland

Katrin Bennhold The Scots have a reputation in the rest of Britain for being different. Scotland's official animal is the unicorn, and its national flower is the thistle.

Analysis

Despite General Dempsey's words, bar remains high for US combat troops in Iraq

In discussing US troops in combat against Islamic State militants, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs set off speculation.

Nick O'Malley In saying during a Senate hearing that he could imagine recommending that US troops engage in combat against Islamic State militants, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs did not so much reveal a...

US general says 'advisers' could join combat in Iraq

Code Pink for Peace member Tighe Barry protests against US military action in Iraq as Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel  testifies.

The United States plans to strike the Islamic State group in its Syrian strongholds and could yet send military advisers into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders says.

US President Barack Obama composed in face of multiple global conflicts

Paul McGeough It's difficult to grasp the madness and entanglement of today's world, but here's a snapshot that goes someway to giving us a measure of all the bucks that stop so messily on the desk of one Barack...

Analysis

US President Barack Obama powers up to shut down Islamic State

Iraqi forces pull down an Islamic State flag after recapturing the northern town of Amerli.

Zeina Karam and Vivian Salama The Islamic State group wields outsize influence through the fanaticism of a hard core of several thousand, capitalising on divisions among rivals, and disseminating terrifying videos on social media.

Analysis

Barack Obama, unsure architect of war on Islamic State, to lay out strategy

Barack Obama is projecting calm, but should the world be alarmed?

Paul McGeough Barack Obama is in trouble for a comment months back, when he dismissed Islamic State as a ‘JV’ or junior varsity team, as in B-grade high school or college players.

'Yes we tan': Barack Obama's suit puts serious talk in the shade

Barack Obama

Patrick Begley Social media and the press were blinded by the President's slightly baggy tan suit.

United States authorities investigate suspected threat against Barack Obama

There are reports of a threat made against Barack Obama

Authorities in Connecticut on Friday were investigating a possible threat against President Barack Obama, local media reported.

Barack Obama sending 350 more troops to protect US Embassy in Baghdad

US President Barack Obama leaves for a trip to Estonia and Wales for a NATO summit where he will consult with NATO allies on actions to take against Islamic State forces.

US President Barack Obama has ordered about 350 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.

Barack Obama under fire over wisdom of anti-stupidity foreign policy

barack obama

Nick O'Malley Both Obama's critics and allies are taking pot-shots at his foreign policy, writes Nick O'Malley.

Barack Obama's military action in Iraq speaks to core audience

Nick O'Malley dinkus

Nick O'Malley America's reluctant war leader, President Barack Obama, has always opposed military action in Iraq.

Barack Obama warns of months of US airstrikes in Iraq

US President Barack Obama: “When we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye.”

MICHAEL D. SHEAR and TIM ARANGO Laying the groundwork for an extended airstrike campaign against Sunni militants in Iraq, President Barack Obama said Saturday that the strikes that had begun the day before could continue for months...

Comments 80

Barack Obama authorises bombing of Islamist militants in northern Iraq

Obama

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama has authorised airstrikes in Iraq in defence of United States staff and of refugees who have been besieged by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants on the Sinjar mountains...

Russia Deputy PM taunts Barack Obama on social media

Image of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a leopard and US President Barack Obama with a poodle tweeted by Russia Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin.

Josie Ensor One Russian leader has made it very clear what the Kremlin thinks of the US in a tweet mocking their president’s masculinity.

US President Barack Obama sleepwalks into history

US President Barack Obama has come under fire for his absence during recent world events, including the MH17 attack and Gaza invasion.

Matt Lewis President Barack Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems.

Barack Obama joins Europe to expand sanctions on Russia

US President Barack Obama speaks at the White House, as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy.

Peter Baker, Alan Cowell and James Kanter President Barack Obama announced expanded sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, just hours after the European Union imposed its most sweeping measures yet penalising Moscow for its role in supporting...

Republican House votes to sue US President Barack Obama for constitutional overreach

So sue me. US President Barack Obama in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday.

Paul Kane and Zachary Goldfarb The Republican controlled US House of Representatives has voted to proceed with a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, saying that his executive actions are so extreme that they violate the...