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New Plans For UK Armed Forces And Fierce Fighting For Last IS Stronghold

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Defence Secretary To Call For The UK To Stand Up To Adversaries

Britain must be prepared to take military action against countries that "flout international law" or risk being seen as a "paper tiger", Gavin Williamson will say.

In what's being billed as a major defence speech, the Defence Secretary will warn actions by China and Russia have blurred the boundaries between war and peace.

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Fierce Fighting For Last IS Stronghold

US-backed forces in Syria say they've killed dozens of Islamic State fighters in their offensive to capture the group's last enclave in the north-east of the country.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Defence Forces say they are facing fierce resistance from hundreds of militants, who are reported to have been pushed back to their last square mile of territory. 

 

US Wants All Sides Involved In Afghan Peace Talks

The acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan is in Afghanistan.

He says it's important the Afghan government is involved in talks, from which it has so far been side-lined, to end the 17-year-old war.

Shanahan replaced Jim Mattis, who quit in December over policy differences with US President Donald Trump.

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