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British Parliament authorises airstrikes against ISIS amid anti-war protests

India TV News Desk [ Updated: December 31, 2015 0:47 IST ]

British parliament on Wednesday authorised airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, after Prime Minister David Cameron asserted that bombing the “medieval monsters” in their heartland would make Britain safer.

The 397-223 vote in the House of Commons means Royal Air Force fighter jets - already operating against IS in neighbouring Iraq from a base in Cyprus - could be flying over Syria within days or even hours.

Anti-war protesters outside Parliament booed as they learned the result of the vote. The decision came after an emotional 10 1/2-hour debate in which Cameron said that Britain must strike the militants in their heartland and not “sit back and wait for them to attack us.”