UK says it could launch air strikes against DAESH in Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron outlines plans to strike DAESH in Syria within two weeks pending parliament approval

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

British Prime Minister David Cameron

Updated Nov 27, 2015

Britain could join the campaign of air strikes against DAESH in Syria within two weeks if British Prime Minister David Cameron receives backing for the decision from members of parliament, providing France support in the fight against the terrorist group according to British press reports.

Cameron said, "Later this week I will set out in parliament our comprehensive strategy" for tackling DAESH.

Since September 2014, Britain has been striking DAESH in Iraq as a member of the US-led coalition against the group. Cameron longs to widen the mission and attack DAESH in the Syria, which would require parliamentary approval.

Cameron said in Paris on Monday in a joint press conference with the French prime minister that Britain had offered France a British airbase in Cyprus. France started air strikes in Syria in September 2015.

French President Francois Hollande stated that his country is going to intensify its air strikes against DAESH in response to the attacks in Paris claimed by the group in which 129 people were killed.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday that France had deployed the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the eastern Mediterranean to enhance the French raids against DAESH.

"I firmly support the action that President Hollande has taken to strike ISIL [DAESH] in Syria and it is my firm conviction that Britain should do so too," Cameron said.

British Finance Minister George Osborne spoke to the BBC, saying, "This week we are going to step up our diplomatic efforts, our humanitarian efforts and make the case for a greater military effort against ISIL [Daesh]."

"The prime minister will seek support across parliament for strikes against that terrorist organization in Syria," he added.

However, the possible air strikes have divided opinion in the opposition British Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, which is expected to vote against a military action in Syria.

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