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Cameron Urges Syria Strikes to Counter Islamic State Threat

  • Premier outlines case for bombing in reply to lawmaker panel
  • Vote may depend on whether Labour Party can agree on position
An RAF Tornado.

An RAF Tornado.

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David Cameron appealed to lawmakers to back his calls for British airstrikes in Syria, saying Islamic State poses an “urgent” threat that will intensify the longer the organization is allowed to grow.

The prime minister addressed Parliament on Thursday, setting out his case for action against the terrorist group, also known as ISIL, in the wake of the attacks on Paris and following progress at Syrian peace talks in Vienna. If the government believes it has enough support, Cameron has suggested he wants to call a vote in the House of Commons next week.