UK air strikes on Syrian targets raise tensions

3 December 2015
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Tensions are running high after UK’s decision to bomb so-called Islamic State targets in Syria. Politicians, media and anti-war groups are calling the UK airstrikes against Syria profoundly mistaken and dangerous.

Thousands of people have been using the hashtag #PrayForSyria on social media in response to the UK’s decision to extend air strikes into the country, according to BBC Trending.

Since Parliament voted for action, the term has been tweeted more than 46,000 times on Wednesday night – within an hour of the vote being passed.

Sturgeon ‘deeply troubled’ by Syria strikes

Meanwhile the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has told the Scottish Parliament she is deeply troubled by UK MPs’ decision to take military action against Islamic State targets in Syria.

She offered her “thoughts and good wishes” to the British service personnel in action over Syria, particularly those from RAF Lossiemouth.

“However, I remain deeply troubled by the decision of the UK government to take the country into conflict with no strategy, no exit plan and against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Scotland’s MPs.”

Middle East press react to Syria strikes

Syrian state media have reacted angrily to the decision by UK MPs to attack so-called Islamic State targets in their country.

David Cameron: Air strikes ‘good for the country’

Prime Minister David Cameron says he believes the UK’s ability to carry out bombing raids against so-called Islamic
State in Syria is “good for the country”.

David Cameron says widening the military operation against Islamic State extremists is “part of a process that will actually help to deliver the political and diplomatic change that we need in Syria.” David Cameron also says the UK is “going to need to be patient and persistent” in its efforts against Islamic State.

This is going to take time. It is complex and it is difficult what we are asking our pilots to do, and our thoughts should be with them and their families as they commence this important work.”

Moreover, four British fighter Tornado jets took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus early on Thursday morning shortly after Britain’s parliament voted to bomb Islamic State targets in Syria.

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