PM Cameron to Ask Parliament to Expand UK Anti-IS Strikes to Syria Wednesday

World | December 1, 2015, Tuesday // 13:04|  views

A tv grab shows Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons where he is setting out his case for the extension of RAF airstrikes from Iraq into Syria, in London, Britain, 26 November 2015. EPA/BGNES

British Prime Minister David Cameron will seek parliament approval on Wednesday for extending UK air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) group to Syria.

"I believe there's growing support across parliament for the compelling case there is to answer the call from our allies, to act against ISIL (Islamic State) in Syria and in Iraq," Cameron said in a televised statement on Monday, according to Reuters.

Britain is already bombing IS targets in Iraq but Cameron insists that Britain should be doing more to fight the militants, who claimed responsibility for the November terror attacks in Paris in which 130 people were killed.

“I will be recommending to the Cabinet that there be a debate and vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday on a motion to participate in coalition air strikes against Isil in Syria,” Cameron said last night, using another name for the jihadist organization, according to The Telegraph.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised the decision not to hold a two-day debate, saying David Cameron should "stop the rush to war", according to the the BBC.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph quoted sources from the Labour Party as saying last night that around 100 of the party’s MPs are now expected to back Cameron following Corbyn’s decision to grant them a free vote on the issue.

The weekly prime minister’s question time will be cancelled on Wednesday to allow extra time for debate before a vote is held at around 10 p.m. in London, Bloomberg said.

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