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.

Obama reiterates US forces have no 'combat mission' in Iraq


Christi Parsons Emphasising the American military's unrivalled expertise, President Barack Obama thanked service members on Wednesday and repeated that US forces taking on Islamic State would not serve in combat - a...

John Key can't rule out mass surveillance of NZ citizens by US spy agency NSA

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Stacy Kirk Just days from an election, New Zealand's Prime Minister is under pressure to explain documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.


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...

Pentagon gives military weapons to US schools


Niraj Chokshi A US Defence Department program has been providing military weapons to school police.

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 air strikes near Baghdad show Obama is expanding conflict

Paul McGeough dinkus

Paul McGeough US Central Command says airstrikes “taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people”, sending a clear message to Congress that Obama feels he doesn't need its...

US military to lead Ebola fight

Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin President Barack Obama is expected to announce that the US military will take the lead in overseeing what has been a chaotic and widely criticised response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history,...

Iraq war: US launches first air strikes near Baghdad

A US F/A-18 Hornet, the kind of fighter that has been used on missions in Iraq.

A US defence official told AFP on condition of anonymity that American warplanes carried out one air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad and another near Mount Sinjar, in the north of Iraq, in...

Latest beheading aimed at US allies, analyst warns

Direct message: Footage of British aid worked David Haines, who was executed by ISIS.

Rory Callinan The Islamic State's publication of a video showing the beheading of a British aid worker could be interpreted as a direct warning to allies of the United States, including Australia, says a leading...

Turkey fails to cut Islamic State oil revenue despite US pressure

US Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane at Cairo International Airport after talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

David E. Sanger and Julie Hirschfeld Davis The Obama administration is struggling to cut off the millions of dollars in oil revenue that has made the Islamic State one of the wealthiest terror groups in history, but so far has been unable to...

Manhunt under way for cop killer in US

A member of the Pennsylvania State Trooper's tactical response unit near the scene where a trooper was killed.

Emma G. Fitzsimmons Officers from three US states were searching for a suspect or suspects who ambushed two troopers in Pennsylvania, killing one and injuring the other.

Malaysia risks China's wrath by inviting US spy flights

High flyer: A US Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon.

Jane Perlez Malaysia's reported invitation to the United States to fly spy planes out of East Malaysia on the southern rim of the South China Sea seems likely to intensify China's anger at US surveillance of the...

US denies Foley family threats over ransom

American journalist James Foley in Boston in 2011.

The United States has denied threatening the family of executed reporter James Foley with prosecution had they raised a ransom for his release.

Fear and hope as Sierra Leone braces for three-day Ebola lockdown

Umaru Fofana Sierra Leone's government says extreme measures are needed to try to contain the world's worst outbreak of Ebola on record but many fear it will bring more hardship to a nation that is already one of...

British journalist John Cantlie purportedly shown in IS video

A man identified as British journalist John Cantlie has purportedly appeared as a captive of Islamic State militants in a video posted by the organisation's supporters online.

California Governor Brown declares state of emergency for northern counties as wildfires rage

Jim Taylor hugs lifelong friend, Mary Mazzoni, in in Weed, California. Taylor's home was one of three on his street that survived the Boles Fire.

Joseph Serna California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.

Single Americans now more than half adult US population


Rich Miller Single Americans make up more than half of the adult US population for the first time since the government began compiling such statistics in 1976.

Two US Navy jets crash in western Pacific

An F/A-18 Hornet, the kind of fighter that has escorted a US transport plane to bring supplies to the stranded Yazidis in Iraq.

Two US F/A-18 Hornet jets have crashed in the western Pacific and one of the pilots is missing, the Navy says.

Arab states sign up to US fight against IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.

Richard Spencer and Peter Foster A coalition of 10 Arab states threw their support behind Barack Obama's pledge to destroy the Islamic State movement in Iraq and Syria on Thursday.