Obama’s legacy of war
  • US
  • September 12, 2014, 01:00

President Barack Obama, who came to office promising to end his predecessor George W Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this week ensured that he to(...)

US president Barack Obama  is expected to tell Americans in a TV address   “it will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”Photograph: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama will tell Americans shortly that America aims to lead what he will call a “broad coalition” in a “steady, relentless effort”(...)

His speech on the Islamic State represents a critical moment for US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg.

In January, United States president Barack Obama dismissed the possibility of militant Islamic fighters in Iraq striking the US, saying their capacity(...)

Paul Howard at home in Avoca, Co Wicklow, with his basset hound Humphrey. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I sit at a desk thinking in the voice of an idiot for ten hours a day,” says Paul Howard. “That’s my job. Imagine driving home every evening with tha(...)

Residents of Buulomareer in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia walking alongside an African Union Forces tank, one day after the town was liberated from the terrorist group al-Shabab. The US has said that the leader of the group, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has been killed in an airstrike. Photograph: Tobin Jones handout via EPA.

The leader of the al-Shabab terror group, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was the target of a US airstrike on Monday in Somalia has died.The Pentagon’s press s(...)

African Union (AU) soldiers from Uganda rest in the town of Kurtunwarey in Somalia. Somali government and AU troops have been engaging al-Shabaab militants as part of their military offensive dubbed ‘Indian Ocean’ aiming to oust the Islamist militant groupfrom its last major hideouts in the southern parts of the country. Photograph: AP Photo/Tobin Jones/African Union Mission to Somalia

The United States conducted a suspected drone strike in southern Somalia targeting senior leaders of the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab as the Pen(...)

Prof Brigid Laffan, who told Daniel O’Connell Summer School: “We in Ireland have a deep love for the UN ... but it is deeply flawed in its ability to maintain peace and security in the world”

Ireland should change its position on military neutrality and replace the current Triple Lock policy with a Double Lock policy involving just Irish i(...)

Outgoing UN human rights commissioner Navi Pillay giving  an interview  in her office in Geneva earlier this month. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Outgoing UN rights chief Navi Pillay last night rebuked the UN security council for putting short-term geopolitical concerns and narrowly-defined nati(...)

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan (4th left) visits the scene of a bomb blast that occurred on Wednesday at the business district in Wuse 2 in Abuja. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said today that the country has entered one of the darkest phases of its history as he visited the scene of a bom(...)

Peter Greste: the Australian journalist stands inside the court cage during the sentencing session yesterday. Photograp: EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

International outrage at Egypt’s crackdown on dissent intensified yesterday after three journalists for al-Jazeera English were sentenced to seven yea(...)