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Poll: Should Britain be doing more to combat IS militants?

Britain should step up its military response to help in the battle against Islamic State militants, a committee of MPs has said.

The Defence Select Committee (DAC) said the UK's involvement to date had been "strikingly modest".

Islamic State militants during a military parade in Raqqa Credit: Reuters

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Families 'not given a second thought' by Chilcot Inquiry

Families who lost loved ones in the Iraq war feel ignored by the Chilcot Inquiry one mother has told ITV News.

Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Iraq more than ten years ago, said: "I don't think a lot of them are actually thinking of the families, not just the Chilcot Inquiry. I think a lot of these people holding back documents are not even giving the families a second thought."

Chilcot to face MPs to explain Iraq inquiry delay

The head of the inquiry into the Iraq war is to face MPs today to explain the delays in the final report, more than five years after the probe was launched.

Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry Sir John Chilcot will face MPs later today. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Sir John Chilcot will face questions from MPs amid fierce criticism of the delays.

The inquiry chairman will appear before the Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the process and "obstacles which remain". Prime Minister David Cameron has been among those expressing frustration that the report has yet to be finalised.

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US and allies in 27 air strikes against Islamic State

America and its allies carried out 27 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since early Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the operation reported.

US and allies in 27 air strikes against Islamic State. Credit: PA

Ten of the 17 strikes in Iraq hit near the oil city of Kirkuk, it said. In Syria, Islamic State targets near the border town of Kobani were attacked in eight of the 10 raids, the statement said.

US: IS expert death will 'disrupt' chemical weapons use

A coalition airstrike came near Mosul, Iraq. Credit: Google Maps

The death of an Islamic State chemical weapons expert is expected to temporarily "degrade and disrupt" their use against "innocent people" US Central Command said in a statement.

His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL's ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people.

– US Central Command

US Central Command has issued a statement saying Islamic State chemical weapons expert Abu Malik, was killed in a coalition airstrike on January 24 near Mosul, Iraq.

Malik had been a chemical weapons engineer during the rule of Saddam Hussein and then affiliated himself with al Qaeda Iraq in 2005, Central Command said.

When he joined Islamic State, also known as ISIL, it gave the insurgent force a chemical weapons capability, the statement said.

Islamic State chemical weapons expert 'killed in air strike'

The US says an Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition air strike in northern Iraq last week.

A statement from US Central Command, which controls US military operations in the Middle East, said the death would "temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network".

Abu Malik had been a chemical weapons engineer during the rule of Saddam Hussein and joined al-Qaeda Iraq in 2005, Central Command said.

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