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# Troops
Obama announces 8,400 troops to remain in Afghanistan after he leaves office
The number is significantly more than the president had previously announced.
# backfire
Former US drone operators: 'The innocent civilians we killed only fuelled the terrorism of ISIS'
Read the extraordinary open letter to Barack Obama, written by four US Air Force whistleblowers.
Opinion: Dramatic change is needed in American foreign policy – the people have no appetite for war
The US must no longer be impulsively ready to employ its military around the world either for its own or for others’ ends.
Column: We've been given an opportunity to re-think our values as a nation... so what are they?
Where do we stand as a nation on issues like neutrality, aid and inequality? Ireland’s Foreign Policy Review allows us to have our say, writes Hans Zomer.
# State of the Union
Videos: Obama pledges to reignite economy, fix immigration, fight gun crime
The US president set out an ambitious agenda for his second term in his fifth State of the Union address in Washington overnight. Watch key excerpts from the speech…
# Sparky
He's back! Barton ready for Ligue 1 debut
His team-mates say he has ‘fighting spirit’. Not half.
# sitdown sunday
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# foreign policy
Declan Kidney names his Ireland squad today, here's what to expect
Same old, same old? Or a complete overhaul?
# usa 2012
'Cliffhanger' US election awaits as debates wrap up
All eyes on the swing states.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web…
# Piracy
EU carries out air strikes on Somali pirates
Attack helicopters took part in the attacks early this morning along the coastline of Somalia.
# US 2012
Rick Santorum under fire at Republican debate
Yep, another debate.
# Hanging with Barack
'We should get his resume' - Obama offers help to unemployed engineer
The US president took part in an online video chat last night in which he also confirmed that the US carries out unmanned drone strikes against suspected militants in Pakistan.
# 2012Elections
Is waterboarding a form of torture? GOP presidential candidates aren't sure
The GOP members battling it out for the presidential nomination were at loggerheads last night about foreign policy, foreign aid and whether waterboarding is a form of torture.
# foreign policy
Barton banned from Magpies' US tour
Barton last night accepted his plight and previous on his Twitter page after being refused a visa to the USA.
# United States
Obama promises US action to "encourage reform" in Arab world
In a wide-ranging speech, the US President appeals for a new drive to settle the Israel-Palestine conflict.
# US
US votes for nuclear arms treaty with Russia
Good day at the office for Obama as Senate approves his Russian treaty on the same day he signs the Repeal Act allowing gay men and women to openly serve in military.