U.K. Strikes Target IS in Syria
The U.K. carried out its first air strikes on Islamic State in Syria, after lawmakers voted to support the government and approve military action in a parliamentary vote that highlighted the deep splits in the opposition Labour Party. The strikes came hours after the House of Commons in London voted 397 to 223 in favor of a motion by Prime Minister David Cameron’s government authorizing action late on Wednesday. Supporters of air strikes argued during more than 10 hours of debate that Britain should answer the call of allies including France and the U.S. to join attacks on the extremist group. Opponents said the U.K. had little to add and would be more likely to be a target for terrorists if it joined attacks.