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June 30, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron is being urged to do more to combat the so-called Islamic State (IS) group as it continues to impose a reign of terror on the citizens of Iraq and Syria as well as inspiring Islamist atrocities overseas.

Critics are calling for the government to do more to combat the threat from the group, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh.

The former head of the navy, Lord West, has said the UK should consider carrying out air strikes in Syria as well as Iraq.

And the former army chief, Lord Dannatt, has called for special forces to be sent to the region to help fight the jihadis on the ground.

But in a BBC Radio 4 interview this week, the Prime Minister defended Britain’s contribution to the international coalition against IS.

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fact108 FactCheck: Is Britain pulling its weight in the fight against IS?“In Iraq we are the second largest contributor to air strikes.”
David Cameron, 29 June 2015

The Americans are in overall charge of Operation Inherent Resolve – the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria.

More than 60 countries pledged to join the anti-IS coalition in September last year, but only a dozen have made a serious military contribution so far.

The United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the UK are in action in Iraq. British drones fly reconnaissance missions above Syria but do not drop bombs after parliament voted against military action there in 2013.

The US, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have also bombed targets in Syria. There are reports of Qatar and Morocco flying sporadic bombing missions there too.

The US military must know which country has done what, but they have not made the figures public, so we have to go by what individual countries tell us. (more…)

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June 24, 2015 14 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Will the Queen really lose millions if the Scottish Government takes over the Crown Estate assets north of the border? Errr… no.

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June 23, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives say they have to find £12bn from a £220bn welfare budget. Do the numbers add up – and where should the axe fall?

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June 19, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Barack Obama says America is the only developed country where gun massacres are commonplace. Is he right?

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June 18, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

US citizens still buy in to the idea that anyone can make it from rags to riches. But research suggests social mobility could be more of an American nightmare.

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June 16, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Do you have to be posh to get to the top in modern Britain? Or is a private education a waste of money? FactCheck looks at the evidence…

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June 11, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ministers say the taxpayer will end up making a profit after bailing out the banks to the tune of £100bn. But are they telling us the whole story?

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June 10, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Thousands of migrant workers have reportedly lost their lives working on World-Cup related construction in Qatar. But Qatar says no one has died. Who’s right?

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May 21, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives announce another immigration crackdown – on the same day new figures show they are still missing their net migration target.

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May 19, 2015 14 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Voices from the left and right are calling for a move to Proportional Representation. What difference would it really make?

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