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Britain carries out first airstrikes in Syria - December 3, 2015

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Britain launched its first airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, hours after lawmakers voted to authorise military action. Four RAF Tornado jets took off from the Akrotiri base in Cyprus early morning on December 3. The Ministry of Defence later confirmed that they were the “first offensive operation over Syria and have conducted strikes”. The range of munitions carried by RAF fighter jets included precision-guided Brimstone missiles and Paveway IV guided bombs. The initial strikes were focused on targets in an ISIS-held oilfield in eastern Syria. UK defence secretary Michael Fallon said the Omar oilfield in eastern Syria had been targeted and dealt a “very real blow at the oil and the revenue on which the Daesh (ISIS) terrorists depend.” But he cautioned that the military action against Islamic State could continue for years. On December 2, MPs in the House of Commons voted 397 to 223 in favour of bombing ISIS targets in Syria. The UK military had already been bombing ISIS targets in neighbouring Iraq and Prime Minister David Cameron made a strong pitch for extending the bombing campaign to Syria in wake of the Paris terror attacks, which have been claimed by the ISIS. Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/02/syria-airstrikes-mps-approve-uk-action-against-isis-after-marathon-debate Britain, Isis, Syria, RAF Tornado jets, Akrotiri, Cyprus, RAF fighter jets, Brimstone missiles, Paveway IV guided bombs, oilfields, Michael Fallon