UK begins airstrikes in Syria against IS

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

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The governenment of the United Kingdom has said Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers began airstrikes on Thursday against Islamic State targets in Syria. This comes after British Members of Parliament (MPs) voted to support action against IS in Syria on Wednesday.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon describes first UK airstrikes in Syria as successful
Image: Chatham House.

RAF Tornado bombers based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus attacked oil fields controlled by IS in Omar, eastern Syria. UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the airstrikes were designed to deliver “a very real blow on the oil and revenue” of IS and described the bombings as “successful”.

On Wednesday, MPs held a ten hour debate on air strikes against IS, during which Prime Minister David Cameron urged MPs to “answer the call from our allies” and support action against IS. MPs voted 397 to 223 in favour of joining the United States and France who are already bombing IS targets in Syria.

Six Typhoon warplanes along with an Airbus A400M carrying engineers, ground crew and supplies left RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland on Thursday to travel to Cyprus. Two further Tornados will also be joining planes based in Cyprus after leaving RAF Marham in Norfolk, England.



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