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

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has again 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.

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...

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.

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.

US bombs militants in northern Iraq

A US jet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

Nick O'Malley US warplanes mounted two strikes on Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq and dropped further aid to trapped refugees on Friday as the White House emphasised that its engagement would remain...

Obama announces airstrikes on ISIL militants in northern Iraq

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Nick O'Malley US president Barack Obama has announced the targeted bombing of Islamist militants in Iraq, underscoring the humanitarian need of the military action.

Barack Obama authorises bombing of Islamist militants in northern Iraq

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...

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.

Iraq crisis puts Obama's foreign policy in crosshairs

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made comments interpreted as critical of Obama's foreign policy.

Nick O'Malley As the US military continues its operations against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, tension over the Obama administration’s response to events remains high in America.

John Kerry draws Iran into Iraq crisis

An Iranian woman walks past the murals on the fence of the former US embassy in Tehran.

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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?

Iraq veteran kills three in Fort Hood shooting

Luci Hamlin and her husband Specialist Timothy Hamlin wait to return to their home on the base at Fort Hood, Texas, after the shootings on April 2.

Nick O'Malley An Iraq veteran undergoing diagnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder killed three people at the Fort Hood military base and injured 16 before taking his own life.

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.

Grim milestone: shootings in America surpass death toll of troops in Iraq

Teresa Rousseau (R), the mother of school teacher Lauren Rousseau who was killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Nick O'Malley As America marks the six-month anniversary of the massacre of 20 children and six adults in the hamlet of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control advocates have noted that another milestone...

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...

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...

Girl, 9, who pulled trigger also a victim in Arizona shooting range death

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range at Bullets and Burgers in White Hills, Arizona.

Nick O'Malley There were two immediate victims of the shooting at the Bullets and Burgers gun range in Arizona on Tuesday. One, most terribly, was the 39-year-old instructor Charles Vacca who lost his life.

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.

Analysis

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,...

Amid criticism, US strategy on Islamic State showing results

President Barack Obama speaking about the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

Nick O'Malley In the face of criticism even from close political allies that the White House has been too slow in its military response to the Islamic State threat, the White House is still signaling it will not...