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Obama: US will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists

President Barack Obama said the US "will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists" following targeted air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

US President Barack Obama speaks outside the White House. Credit: RTV

"Once again it must be clear to anyone who would plot against America and try to do Americans harm that we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people," Obama said.

Obama 'proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder' against IS

President Barack Obama said the US is "proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder" with Arab nations in the fight against Islamic State militants.

US President Barack Obama speaking today. Credit: RTV

"We were joined in this action by our friends and partners; Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar," Obama said after US-led air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria.

"The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America's fight alone", he added.

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Britain could join air strikes against IS 'within days'

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David Cameron may announce as early as Wednesday that Britain is ready to join air strikes against Islamic State.

Government sources claim the Prime Minister plans to seek parliament's approval for such action but it would only be in Iraq, not Syria.

The PM is due to set out his position in a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday night at which he will call on the world to unite to destroy IS militants, who he has warned are planning to attack Britain.

A Downing Street said statement said: "The prime minister will be holding talks at the United Nations in New York over the next two days on what more the UK and others can do to contribute to international efforts to tackle the threat we all face from IS.

"The UK is already offering significant military support, including supplying arms to the Kurds as well as surveillance operations by a squadron of Tornadoes and other RAF aircraft."

Britain was quick to join U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq a decade ago. But a war-weary public and parliament's rejection last year of air strikes on Syria have made Cameron wary.

Miliband calls for UN resolution to counter IS

Ed Miliband has begun his Labour conference speech calling for a UN resolution to tackle the threat of Islamic State militants.

Ed Miliband called for a UN resolution to tackle Islamic State.

Addressing delegates in Manchester, Mr Miliband also paid tribute to British hostage Alan Henning.

He called for "a UN Security Council resolution to win the international support to counter that threat of Isil" and pledged that the UK would "never turn our back on the world".

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Iranian president has 'no plans' to meet Obama

Rouhani currently supports the Assad regime in Syria. Credit: Parspix/ABACA/Press Association Images

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said he has no plans to meet US president Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN assembly in New York later this week.

However, Prime Minister David Cameron is set to have talks with Rouhani within the next two days to urge him to join the international effort to tackle IS.

Syria: Real number of dead and wounded 'at least 300'

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The death toll in Syria is likely to be much higher than has been previously reported, according to a human rights group who is monitoring the war said.

Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters: "The information is the numbers are bigger than that...at least 300."

David Cameron supports US air strikes against IS

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Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken out in support of the US military action against IS in Syria and is to discuss what contribution the UK can make.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The PM supports the latest air strikes against ISIL terrorists which have been carried out by the US and five other countries from the Gulf and Middle East.

"He will be holding talks at the United Nations in New York over the next two days on what more the UK and others can do to contribute to international efforts to tackle the threat we all face from ISIL.

"The UK is already offering significant military support, including supplying arms to the Kurds as well as surveillance operations by a squadron of Tornadoes and other RAF aircraft."

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