The Brits will be joining US, French and Arab forces in the air strike attack. Hopefully their aim is on point.
British war planes will begin air strikes on Iraq today amid a spiralling political row over whether they should also hit Islamic State fanatics in neighbouring Syria.
Six RAF Tornados are expected to join US, French and Arab air strikes – their first in Iraq for six years – after MPs voted overwhelmingly to go into a third Gulf War.
Warning that the fight to crush IS could last for years, not months, David Cameron told an emergency session of Parliament that as well as murdering Western hostages with ‘staggering brutality’ the group was plotting terrorist attacks in Britain.
‘This is about psychopathic terrorists trying to kill us,’ the Prime Minister said. ‘We do have to realise that whether we like it or not, they have already declared war on us.’
MPs authorised military action by 524 votes to 43, one of the biggest Commons majorities since the last general election.
But last night Labour education spokesman Rushanara Ali resigned, saying she could not support air strikes. And defence spokesman Vernon Coaker was forced to sack aide Iain McKenzie for voting against strikes in Iraq.
Mr Cameron said that there was a ‘strong case’ for extending air strikes against IS, also known as ISIL or ISIS, from Iraq into Syria, where it has also seized vast areas.