British MPs to vote on weather to bomb ISIL targets in Syria
Dec 2, London: British members of parliament (MPs) are set to vote on whether to allow the country's air force to target the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group in Syria on Wednesday.
A 10-hour debate will culminate in a vote on whether the UK should join the US, France, Russia and others bombing targets in Raqqa, the group's stronghold, and other areas, local media reported.
If successfully passed by the MPs, British fighter jets will be allowed to extend their campaign against ISIL fighters in Iraq to neighbouring Syria, where the group has its headquarters in the city of Raqqa.
David Cameron, the UK prime minister, called for military intervention in ISIL-held areas of Syria after the group's attacks in Paris on November 13, which left 130 people dead.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said ISIL is a threat to Britain's security.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn opposes bombing but has given MPs a free vote amid divisions within his own ranks.
With up to 50 Labour MPs likely to back the government, and both the Democratic Unionist Party and the Liberal Democrats also giving their backing, Cameron is expected to win parliamentary approval for the UK to intervene militarily in the four-year conflict in Syria, BBC news reported.
The Oslo Times