British MPs will decide on air strikes on ISIS strongholds including Raqqa
UK will launch its first airstrike on ISIS targets later today after a 10-hour House of Commons debate which will culminate in a vote.
Prime Minister David Cameron garners enough support to pass the motion as opposition Labour is divided on the issues.
With the Parliament’s approval, UK will join the US, France, Russia and others bombing targets in Raqqa, the group’s stronghold, and other areas.
Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn opposes bombing and said the Syria strategy should focus on peace instead of bombings.
The prime minister caused controversy on the eve of the vote by urging Tory MPs not to “sit on their hands” or “walk through the lobbies” with Mr Corbyn and others he described as “a bunch of terrorist sympathisers”, BBC reported.
Addressing a meeting of the 1922 Conservative backbench committee, Mr Cameron warned that if Tory MPs voted against strikes they risked undermining a strong message that the UK was standing alongside its allies already engaged in military action.
A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said they were a “contemptible slur” and showed the prime minister was losing the argument.