A Brief History Of Bombing ISIS In Syria

After a 10-hour debate, Britain agrees to join U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS

Dec 02, 2015 at 6:24 PM ET

Britain voted Wednesday to launch airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and the German cabinet approved a military support mission after France asked its two allies to ramp up their offensives against ISIS in response to a series of terrorist attacks that hit Paris on November 13.

After a 10-hour debate, British lawmakers opted to join the U.S.-led bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria. Britain previously had only been conducting airstrikes in Iraq. British Prime Minister David Cameron supported the proposal, saying ISIS poses “a fundamental threat to our security.” “Do we work with our allies to degrade and destruct this threat… or do we sit back and wait for them to attack us?” he said in a statement Wednesday to British lawmakers, CNN reported.

The German cabinet, meanwhile, voted to add to troops in a support role in Syria. The lower house of the German parliament still has to approve the mission.

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The U.S. has launched over 2,500 airstrikes in Syria since December 2014, while America’s allies have carried out under 200 airstrikes, according to Pentagon statistics. Allies of the U.S. have so far been reluctant to join in the airstrikes in Syria specifically because the civil war’s factions in Syria are complex and many are fighting against each other.