Syria air strikes: David Cameron warns of long campaign
3 December 2015
From the section UK
Media captionDavid Cameron: “Compelling case” to extend airstrikes to Syria
The mission to target so-called Islamic State militants in Syria could take “some time” and will require persistence, PM David Cameron has said.
RAF Tornados carried out their first air strikes in Syria, “successfully” targeting IS-controlled oil fields, the Ministry of Defence confirmed.
But the PM warned the operation would be complex and will require patience.
It comes as two additional Tornados and six Typhoons have been despatched to the region to take part in attacks.
Speaking after the first strikes, Mr Cameron said: “I think it’s good for the country. There was a compelling case for extending our air strikes from Iraq to Syria, and I was glad to see such strong support right across parliament.
“It is complex and it is difficult what we are asking our pilots to do, and our thoughts should be with them and their families as they commence this important work,” he added.
Oil fields targeted
MPs overwhelmingly backed UK military action against IS – also known as Daesh – in Syria, by 397 votes to 223, after a 10-hour Commons debate on Wednesday.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the MoD would be assessing the damage done by the bombing later, saying he had personally approved the targets ahead of the Commons vote.
Source:: BBC UK