Nick O Malley on Iran

John Kerry draws Iran into Iraq crisis

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'Great Satan' backs 'small Satan': Obama reaffirms stance against Iran

Netanyahu

Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent Before reporters in the Oval Office this morning, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that in the eyes of Iran the United States was the “great Satan” to Israel's...

US concern as ISIL militants seize former chemical weapons plant

Chemical warfare agent filled aerial bombs await destruction at Muthanna complex Iraq in an undated file photo.

Nick O'Malley Sunni militants in Iraq have seized a chemical weapons facility that was once part of the military arsenal of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

US sends troops to Baghdad

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant chant slogans against Iraq's Shiite-led Maliki government.

Nick O'Malley About 275 US military personnel are being deployed to Iraq to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad, President Barack Obama has said in a letter to Congressional leaders.

Iraq crisis: 8 things Obama can do

Crisis talks: Barack Obama has signalled that America's response will not be immediate.

Nick O'Malley Americans don't want their president to put boots back on the ground, so what are Obama's options in Iraq?

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

French president Fran?ois Hollande.

Nick O'Malley You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days.

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

Nick O'Malley You don't hear talk of "cheese eating surrender monkeys" in Washington, DC, these days. With the French President Francois Hollande in town for a state visit the focus is on the warmth of the...

Ukraine crisis: 'G7' condemn Russia

A sign at a protest march in New York in support of peace in the Ukraine.

Nick O'Malley US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday as America tries to strengthen its response to the Russian occupation of the Crimean peninsula.

War of words at UN over Russia's Crimea move

Vitaly Churkin

Nick O'Malley Russia has told the UN Security Council that it occupied Crimea at the request of the ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in order to protect civilians from armed extremists.

US to respond to Syria 'in days ahead'

US Navy

Nick O'Malley The US has given the clearest indication yet that it intends to lead a military strike against Syria within days even without the support of the United Nations Security Council.

John Kerry's offhand comment on chemical weapons in Syria that may stop a war

US secretary of State John Kerry

Nick O'Malley Can one off the cuff comment avert a US airstrike? When John Kerry threw out his "rhetorical, hypothetical" comment he didn't bargain on the response.

Obama, Kerry give mixed signals on Syrian solution

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Abdullah Ibraheen joins Syrian American protesters as they gather outside the U.S Capitol urging Congress to support U.S. President Barack Obama in striking Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people September 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to address the nation on the issue tomorrow night, with votes in the Senate and House likely to take place later this week.   Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Nick O'Malley As leaders around the world leapt upon the possibility of a diplomatic solution to the chemical weapons crisis in Syria - a solution prompted by an apparent gaffe by his Secretary of State - US...

Iraq's long shadow over Syrian strikes

Anti-war demonstrators protest against a possible military action in Syria by the U.S. and its allies in front of the French embassy in San Salvador, on September 11, 2013 . AFP PHOTO/ Jose CABEZAS

Nick O'Malley You did not have to look far this past fortnight for criticism of Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Syria, but perhaps the Republican Senator Bob Corker has been the most evocative.

Australian Muslims accused of attacking US Muslims in Saudi Arabia

The Haj pilgrimage

Nick O'Malley A group of Australian Muslims has allegedly mounted a sectarian attack on an American group during the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Angela Merkel's US phone frustration may complicate US-German ties

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Nick O'Malley Allegations that American intelligence tapped German chancellor Angela Merkel mobile phone have fuelled international frustration with the Obama administration and complicated key trade negotiations...

Beijing tactic makes waves in disputed sea

Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou.

Philip Wen Beijing and Nick O'Malley When China marked out an expansive swath of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it as under its control, it was seen as an abrupt escalation of an already tense territorial...

Romney faces both ways on foreign policy

Mitt Romney

Nick O'Malley Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent

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Romney faces both ways on foreign policy

Mitt Romney

Nick O'Malley MITT Romney chose a military base in Virginia to deliver a major foreign policy speech laden with the fiery rhetoric of American exceptionalism and martial nationalism.

Slick Obama puts rival on the back foot

Mitt Romney and US President  Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley PEORIA, Illinois: Barack Obama dominated the third and final presidential debate in Florida, aggressively deploying detail and sarcasm to portray Mitt Romney as inconsistent on foreign policy.