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UK ground troops 'may be needed' to fight Islamic State

Lord Richards, the former head of the armed forces, says the UK and its allies may eventually have to deploy ground troops to defeat the so-called Islamic State.

"Air power alone will not defeat Isis," he told ITV News.

Asked what whether ground troops were needed, he replied: "It could include boots on the ground."

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PM: Britain is committed to 'destroying' Islamic State

David Cameron has said the UK is committed to working with the US to "destroy" the so-called Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The Prime Minister told NBC that he wanted the UK to take more action but that he would need to "take Parliament with him".

"Look, we know that we have to defeat Isil, we have to destroy this caliphate, whether it is in Iraq or in Syria," Mr Cameron said.

"That is a key part of defeating this terrorist scourge that we face.

"I want Britain to do more. I'll always have to take my parliament with me. We're talking and discussing at the moment, including with the opposition parties in Britain, what more we can do.

"Be in no doubt, we're committed to working with you [the US] to destroy the caliphate in both countries."

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Cameron to speak out about home-grown extremism

Cameron will deliver a speech in Birmingham today, tackling the problems of IS. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

David Cameron is in the Midlands today to set out a five-year plan to crush home-grown extremism.

The Prime Minister is vowing to tackle the "failures of integration" that left young Britons attracted to the self-styled Islamic State and other fundamentalist causes.

It is believed that around 700 British Muslims have travelled to Syria to join IS, with half since returning and posing a domestic terrorist threat.

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