UK parliament in favor of joining Syria strikes

Victory for Cameron: UK parliament votes in favor of joining international air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria. 397 MPs vote in favor.

Ben Ariel,

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Britain's parliament voted on Wednesday night in favor of joining international air strikes on Islamic State (ISIS) group targets in Syria, AFP reports.

The move proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron's government was approved by a majority of 174 MPs, with 397 voting in favor and 223 voting against.

The vote in the House of Commons came after over ten hours of often heated debate.

With its passing, British planes could now be poised to join air strikes on jihadist targets in Syria within hours.

Cameron suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament in 2013 when MPs voted against British military action against the Assad regime in Syria.

Last week he laid out the case for British jets, already bombing ISIS targets in Iraq, to join France, the United States and others in targeting ISIS strongholds in neighboring Syria, saying Britain shouldn’t wait until an attack on its territory to take action against ISIS.

Cameron’s renewed push for his country to  join the air strikes came in the wake of the Paris attacks which killed 130 people and were claimed by ISIS.

The motion was able to be passed due to some support from the  Labour party, which was deeply split on the issue after its left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that he would vote against air strikes, but allowed his party members to vote freely on the motion.

Corbyn has come under close scrutiny and criticism since being elected as Labour leader in September over his extensive connections to Islamists and other extremists, as well as his openly-expressed sympathy for terrorist groups. He infamously called Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends," described the assassination of Osama Bin Laden as a "tragedy," and both he and his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell were once closely associated with the IRA.

Before the vote, Cameron considerably turned up the rhetoric against Corbyn, urging his own MPs not to "sit on their hands" or "walk through the lobbies" with Corbyn and his allies, who he branded "a bunch of terrorist sympathizers".

Cameron was later asked to apologize for the comments, but refused to do so, saying only, "I respect people who come to a different view from the government."




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