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Iraq PM: 'We don't need foreign ground troops'

The Iraqi Prime Minister said his country does not need foreign ground troops after the United States announced it was sending a special forces unit to help combat Islamic State.

"The Iraqi government stresses that any military operation or the deployment of any foreign forces - special or not - in any place in Iraq cannot happen without its approval and coordination and full respect of Iraqi sovereignty," Haider al-Abadi said in a statement.



RAF on standby ahead of commons vote on Syria airstrikes

RAF pilots and ground crew are on standby at a base Cyprus to launch airstrikes in Syria if tomorrow's vote is passed.

RAF Akrotiri is already being used for round-the-clock missions against so-called Islamic State targets in Iraq - which could now be extended to strike in Syrian airspace. ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports from Cyprus:

Mixed views from Syrians in UK on airstrikes

Members of Britain's Syrian community have mixed opinions about extending the war against the self-styled Islamic State.

Some fear the bombing will not make Britain safer - and will kill civilians in Syria.

Others say that defeating President Assad - whose ongoing brutality has killed many thousands - is just as important.

ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman reports from Manchester:

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