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Obama stresses US forces to have no 'combat mission' in Iraq

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has against declared he would not commit ground troops to battle against Islamic State militants as the US House of Representatives backs his plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.

Barack Obama widens US effort against ISIL, flags Syria action

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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...

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

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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

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

Barack Obama authorises bombing of Islamist militants in northern Iraq

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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...

Pollution in the US: Barack Obama poised to take major action

Nick O'Malley The Obama administration will announce the most significant environmental action of its period in office on Monday, declaring massive cuts in the amount of carbon-dioxide emissions from the nation's...

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Forecast calls for frosty climate-action talks between Tony Abbott and Barack Obama

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Nick O'Malley As Tony Abbott and his caravan of industry leaders makes its way south from Canada to New York and on to Washington, DC, the gulf between the PM's approach to climate change and that of Barack Obama...

Parties on rocky road in the race for votes

Mid-term election: Republican Mitch McConnell.

Nick O'Malley Americans will again go to the polls in just under two months for a midterm election that neither party is fighting on sure footing.

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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...

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Congress midterm elections leave both Democrats and Republicans uncertain

Tough fight: Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is trying to unseat the Republican incumbent, speaks to supporters.

Nick O'Malley With the nation’s attention focused on yet another armed conflict Americans will again to the polls in just under two months for a midterm election that neither party is fighting on sure...

Obama building his coalition against ISIL, but direction still uncertain

Building bridges: Barack Obama seems to have turned a corner with congressional critics of his Iraq policy.

Nick O'Malley Even as he made time to speak with Tony Abbott from the White House on Monday evening, Barack Obama was gathering together national security advisers past and present to hammer out a detailed plan on...

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Tan-suited Obama a victim of his own honesty

President Barack Obama holds a news conference and delivers a too-candid admission on strategy.

Nick O'Malley Perhaps it was sign of America’s war-weariness, or at least that of its pundit class, a group that has clearly tired of discussing the nation’s seemingly intractable crises in Ukraine,...

US has no strategy yet for defeating Islamic State: Obama

US President Barack Obama answers questions in the White House Press Briefing Room ahead of a meeting with his national security council in Washington.

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama says he has no strategy yet to launch a broader attack against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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Why Obama hasn't hit back at Islamic State harder yet

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Nick O'Malley “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings,” says Steven...

Obama struggles to hold the centre in Iraq and Syria maelstrom

Heavy lift: Military equipment from Germany bound for Iraq is loaded onto a giant carrier plane at Leipzig/Halle Airport on Thursday.

Nick O'Malley Anyone following the Obama administration’s response to the threat posed by Islamic State this past week might have been left confused. Some might even have suffered whiplash.

US begins air strikes in Iraq after Obama authorised military intervention

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Tom Allard and Nick O'Malley The US re-enters Iraq and launches airstrikes to relieve a siege on tens of thousands of civilians trapped on a barren mountain and halt the advance of militant Islamist fighters.

Obama gives full US support for creation of new Iraqi government

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama thrown US support behind Iraq’s new prime minister designee, Dr Haider al-Abadi.

In St Louis, America is once again torn apart by race and police power

A police officer on Wednesday keeps watch over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Nick O'Malley Five days after a police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown dead in suburban St Louis police have yet to cast any light on the killing or even name the officer who pulled the trigger.

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Ferguson riots, race and Obama's nightmare holiday

Protesters face off with police after tear gas was fired at crowds in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday night.

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama took time out from his holiday to address the nation on two complex and violent crises – one in Iraq, one in Ferguson, in the suburbs of St Louis, Missouri, a town has looked much...

Obama: Islamic State 'has no ideology of any value to human beings'

Diane and John Foley, parents of the US journalist James Foley, talk to reporters after speaking with US President Barack Obama.

Nick O'Malley An angry Barack Obama has called on governments and people from across the Middle East to unite to “extract” the “cancer” that is the Islamic State.