British warplanes blasted ISIS strongholds in Syria just hours after the country’s parliament voted to give the green light for the Royal Air Force to join the war against the terrorist organization in Syria, according to a report by The Associated Press. Minutes after 4 a.m. in the London — 11 p.m. United States Eastern Time — a British Ministry of Defense official told the news wire that RAF planes had carried out their first round of strikes against Syria.
The official remained anonymous because the ministry had not officially acknowledged the air strikes against ISIS in Syria. The exact targets would be revealed later on Thursday, December 3, the official said, according to a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.
After an emotional, 10-hour debate in the British House of Commons, the lower house of Britain’s parliament, the legislative body voted to back Prime Minister David Cameron, who had pushed strongly for the United Kingdom to join the United States and France in their stepped-up bombing campaign against ISIS in the wake of the Paris terror attacks on November 13 that killed 130 people — attacks that have since been linked to the Syria-based so-called “Islamic State.”
The House of Commons voted to green light the new Syria bombing campaign by a margin of 174 votes, with 397 members of parliament voting in favor and 223 opposing the Syria air strikes.