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US begins Syrian airstrikes

US begins Syrian airstrikes

The United States and five Arab nations have launched airstrikes against terrorists in Syria for the first time.

Early this morning, the US and allies launched cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs against Sunni militants in the country from the air and sea in the de-facto capital of Raqqa and along the Iraq border.

US defence officials say the aim of the campaign is to deny Islamic State safe havens in Syria.

David Cameron is expected to meet President Obama to discuss British involvement in the airstrikes today, as he heads to New York for the UN General Assembly.

Mr Cameron will also meet the Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani for the first bilateral talks between Britain and Iran in decades.

The talks will focus on support the Iranians can give to the fight against Islamic State.

No 10 sources said: “We are under no illusion about the dangers of Iran’s nuclear programme and our approach on that is not changing. However, if Iran is willing to join the international community to defeat Isis then we will work with them on that.”

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