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British Parliament Votes to Authorize Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Syria

In this image taken from video, British lawmakers gather for a debate on Syria, in Britain's parliament, London, Thursday Aug. 29, 2013. The British Parliament voted down endorsing military action against Syria, despite a strong push by Prime Minister David Cameron to support potential U.S. strikes against Assad. British Defense Minister Philip Hammond confirmed that the country's forces would not be involved in any strike. (Credit: AP)

LONDON (AP) – British lawmakers have voted to join the international campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Syria.

In this image taken from video, British lawmakers gather for a debate on Syria, in Britain's parliament, London, Thursday Aug. 29, 2013. The British Parliament voted down endorsing military action against Syria, despite a strong push by Prime Minister David Cameron to support potential U.S. strikes against Assad. British Defense Minister Philip Hammond confirmed that the country's forces would not be involved in any strike. (Credit: AP) In this image taken from video, British lawmakers gather for a debate on Syria, in Britain's parliament, London, Thursday Aug. 29, 2013. The British Parliament voted down endorsing military action against Syria, despite a strong push by Prime Minister David Cameron to support potential U.S. strikes against Assad. British Defense Minister Philip Hammond confirmed that the country's forces would not be involved in any strike. (Credit: AP)

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

Prime Minister David Cameron said that after the deadly Nov. 13 Paris attacks, claimed by IS, Britain should strike the militants in their heartland and not "sit back and wait for them to attack us."

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn opposed what he called a "reckless and half-baked intervention," but dozens of his lawmakers voted with the government to back airstrikes.

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