A group of young British Muslims who launched a campaign calling out the so-called Islamic state for their hateful ideology have been praised by US president Obama in his speech to the United Nations general assembly. 

The campaign, #notinmyname, was launched by an east-London based charity Active Change Foundation, earlier this month as a way of encouraging Muslims to fight back against IS, and their claims to represent Muslims across the world.

Obama, speaking at the UN this evening, cited the campaign as an example of the affront Muslims feel at the name of the terror group, responsible for the beheading of two journalists in the past few weeks. 

He said the "cancer of violent extremism" in the Middle East was an issue that could derail global progress, and called on Muslim countries and communities to confront the threat of extremism.

He also said: 

Collectively, we must take concrete steps to address the danger posed by religiously motivated fanatics, and the trends that fuel their recruitment. This is what America is prepared to do - taking action against immediate threats, while pursuing a world in which the need for such action is diminished.


Speaking yesterday to NBC News, David Cameron said it was not possible to "opt-out" of a fight with IS. 

A backbench MP has told ITV News that Parliament has been recalled over possible military action.