Geraint Vincent

Middle East Correspondent

Geraint is the Middle East Correspondent at ITV News. He is responsible for covering many of the events in the region including the Syrian civil war, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the relationship between Israel and neighbouring states.

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Hunt for British girls like trying to find 'needle in haystack'

There is a team of UK police officers on the ground in Turkey who are being given a great deal of assistance and support from the Turkish authorities.

But this really is a 'needle in the haystack' job now.

Even if the girls are still in Turkey - which is looking less and less likely - the country has a 500-mile border with Syria.

If you know the right people, it's pretty easy to cross; there are smuggling gangs who have got thousands of foreigners over the border since the war started.

The message from the Turkish authorities is: if you want to have any real chance of stopping foreigners getting into Syria, you've got to stop them leaving home in the first place.

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Jordanian govt dismiss IS claims as 'PR stunt'

Jordan's interior minister has already dismissed Islamic State's latest claims as a "PR stunt", and a crude attempt to drive a wedge in the strong security relationship between the Jordanian government and the Americans.

On the streets here in Amman, there is going to be a lot of scepticism about these claims.

Up until this week, the Islamic State had given the impression that Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was still alive when in fact he had been murdered one month ago.

Since news of his killing broke, the Jordanian air force has carried out dozens of air strikes on IS positions in Syria so it is possible that this American hostage was killed in one of them.

But I don't think anyone here is going to believe those claims.

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Jordanian government's 'eye for an eye' policy

Jordanians' fury has been intensified by the manner of Lieutenant Muath al-Kasaesbeh's death.

Protesters are demanding its government takes revenge after the pilot's murder. Credit: Reuters

The government has promised an "earth-shaking" response, and this may mean it will resume its role in the coalition airstrikes against Islamic State which it had suspended during negotiations for the life of their pilot.

Its current policy can best be described as an 'eye for an eye', with a number of prisoners with links to IS moved to a venue known to be used for state executions after the video's release.

Crowds have gathered in Amman this evening calling for those individuals to be put to death.

Before the sun rises again in Jordan, they may well have been granted their wish.

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Brutality of Islamic State extremists reach new depths

The brutality of Islamic State extremists appears to have reached new depths with this latest video.

Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh appears to have been locked inside a cage and then burned alive.

The Jordanian government wanted proof that the pilot was alive as part of a proposed prisoner exchange - instead they saw evidence of the most appalling death.

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IS gets closer to its goal as Jordan negotiates

The Jordanian government says it is doing all it can to get information on the condition of its pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto at the moment, though as far as we know it hasn't managed to get any.

While this is all going on the organisation behind this, Islamic State, is getting closer to achieving one of its aims, which is effective recognition as a state.

It has people here appealing to its authority to spare these men and it's got the Jordanian government declaring that it's ready to negotiate with it.

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