Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley is the United States correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Analysis

Congress midterm elections leave both Democrats and Republicans uncertain

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...

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...

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.

Analysis

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...

Islamic State militants release video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff

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Nick O'Malley Islamic State militants have released a video that appears to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff who disappeared in Syria in 2013.

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...

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,...

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.

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.

How the US police in Ferguson became a militarised unit equipped for war

Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Monday after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman.

Nick O'Malley Weapons used in Iraq and Afghanistan are being made available to law enforcement with hardly any oversight.

ANALYSIS

An atrocious murder, but not a strategy changer

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Nick O'Malley After the murder of the American journalist Jim Foley by militants there have been the expected calls for an increased US military engagement in Iraq, one that seeks to defeat Islamic State on the...

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.

Analysis

Texas governor Rick Perry smiles for mugshot as other hopefuls lurk

Texas Governor Rick Perry while being booked in Austin, Texas for two felony indictments of abuse of power.

Nick O'Malley The Texas Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to the Travis County Jail at 5pm on Tuesday local time to have his fingerprints done and a mug shot taken, which may not be the image the presumed 2016...

Analysis

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...

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.

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.

US critics pan Chris Lilley's Jonah from Tonga 'brownface'

Chris Lilley's latest creation, Jonah from Tonga, has drawn jeers in the US.

Nick O'Malley Chris Lilley’s show Jonah from Tonga has commenced its run in the United States to a similar reaction it received in Australia – a mixture of poor reviews and calls for its scrapping due...

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US mulling mass evacuation of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar

Displaced Yazidi children, as their community flees violence from ISIL in Sinjar.

Nick O'Malley The United States is considering leading a mass evacuation of civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq by Sunni extremists in an operation that could see its military engagement extended.

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.