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UK Prime Minister to Seek Parliament Approval for Airstrikes Against ISIS

November 23, 2015
British Prime Minister David Cameron issues a statement during a press conference with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace on November 23, 2015 in Paris, France. Photo: Thierry Chestnot, Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday he will seek parliament approval for an aerial bombing campaign against terrorist group ISIS in Syria. The premier’s announcement came after he met with French President François Hollande in Paris to discuss cooperation on counterterrorism efforts. “The United Kingdom will do all in our power to support our friend and ally France to defeat this evil death cult,” Cameron said at a press conference following the meeting. Cameron expressed his “firm support” of Hollande’s decision to increase France’s attacks against ISIS in Syria, saying he believes Britain should follow suit but that it is up to the kingdom’s parliament to decide on the matter. Although the Royal Air Force has carried out airstrikes in Iraq, the British parliament blocked Cameron’s request to carry out an attack on Syria two years ago. However, some analysts have suggested that the “mood has shifted” in the British parliament, particularly after the recent spate of deadly incidents in Paris, Beirut, Egypt and Nigeria, all of which were claimed by ISIS or one of its affiliates. Earlier this week, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution…

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