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post 30 September 2014
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog British strikes on Islamic State group begin: the view from Iraq

As RAF Tornados carry out their first strikes against Islamic State militants, I report on what this means on the ground from Dohuk, northern Iraq.

article 30 September 2014 World, Syria
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'Come back': family's plea to radicalised Bristol girl

"Please come back... You are not in any trouble. We just want you to be safe," say the family of the 15-year-old girl from Bristol who is believed to be heading to join extremists in Syria.

article 29 September 2014 World, Iraq
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Darshna Soni by Can returning jihadis be reintegrated into society?

While the UK imposes stringent measures on returning jihadis, some countries are more liberal. Channel 4 News obtains rare footage of a Danish programme that seeks to bring them back into the fold.

video 28 September 2014 World, Iraq

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Airstrikes against IS continue - as new threat is issued

Allied airstrikes are hitting more Islamic State targets in Syria - striking three makeshift oil refineries near the Turkish border. Jonathan Rugman has been with Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq.

video 27 September 2014 World, Iraq

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Iraq mission 'politicial', says former SAS commander - video

Richard Williams, former SAS commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, says air force action alone cannot win the US-led fight against the Islamic State group.

article 27 September 2014 World, Iraq
US warplane (Reuters)
Will oil strikes hurt Syrian civilians?

An aid agency warns that the US-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group could knock out the electricity supply to Syrian hospitals.

post 26 September 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog A wing, a prayer and a US president spouting cliches

The simple and obvious question to ask today is this: would parliament be discussing bombing Iraq for a third war if the USA were not already doing so?

post 26 September 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog MPs will back Iraq-only attacks

One minister said the truth is that the attacks that will be authorised with today's vote are one step on a ladder of 20 rungs and no one really knows what the other steps will turn out to be.

article 26 September 2014 World, Iraq
Above: Abu Luqman, Abu Faariss and Abu Dujana - IS fighters in Syria
Where do foreign terrorist fighters come from?

As the UK debates joining a military campaign against the Islamic State, the latest data suggest more than 13,000 foreign fighters have swelled the ranks of the Islamic State.

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