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Poll: 40% 'support airstrikes against Islamic State'

One in four people in the UK would support airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) if the Prime Minister authorised them, an exclusive poll for Good Morning Britain has found.

A F/A-18E Super Hornet of Strike Fighter Squadron returning after targeting key IS positions in Iraq. Credit: REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, a similar number opposed Western intervention in the Middle East, with 36% against airstrikes, according to the survey.

A further 23% of those quizzed said they did not if they supported or opposed of airstrikes in Iraq, but fewer women (23%) than men (55%) were in favour of intervention.

It comes as the Prime Minister starts another day of talks at the United Nations in New York including a meeting with the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

The UK is already providing arms to Kurdish forces fighting IS. Violence continues to escalate in the region, with 130,000 Kurds fleeing to Turkey to escape the extremists.


Leader of Hezbollah opposes US-led airstrikes in Syria

Children play in the rubble of a building targeted in the US-led airstrikes on targets in Syria. Credit: Reuters

The leader of Lebanese Muslim militant group has said that his organisation opposes US-led airstrikes on terrorist targets inside Syria.

Speaking on Hezbollah-run al-Manar television Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose group has been helping Syria's President Bashar al-Assad fight his bloody civil war against moderate and radical opposition, said:

We are against American military intervention and an
international coalition in Syria, whether that (action) is against the regime or IS.

– Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

Arab countries join US-led action against IS in Syria

Five Arab states were named by Washington today as being part of US-led strikes against Islamic State fighters inside Syria.

But US Secretary of State John Kerry this evening warned that airstrikes alone would not work and called for an international coordinated effort, that needed "all hands on deck" to defeat the threat.

International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports.

How Miliband is doing in key General Election battlegrounds

Delegates arriving at Labour's conference hall have to pass a map showing the seats the party wants to target in May's General Election.

Ed Miliband needs to win over people in tightly-contested seats like East Dunbartonshire, Morecambe and Lunesdale, Redcar and Hastings and Rye for Labour to win the next election.

ITV News political correspondent Libby Wiener has been hearing from some of that target audience.


Review into early investigation of missing Alice Gross

A review has been issued into the early stages of the Metropolitan Police's investigation of missing schoolgirl Alice Gross who disappeared four weeks ago in west London.

A reconstruction will be staged on Thursday and former senior investigating officer Colin Sutton said it is "vital that the public get involved".

Forces are now involved in a search which covers 9 square miles of open land and more than three miles of canals. The investigation is now focused on the stretch of the River Brent.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

US strikes in Syria hit IS and other extremist groups

President Obama suggested this evening that there was no time limit on US-led airstrikes designed to defeat the Islamic State in major bases inside Syria.

US planes joined airforces from allies in the Gulf region, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

The strikes killed at least 70 IS fighters, plus another 50 from other extremist groups operating inside the war-torn country, the US said, as Robert Moore reports.

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