British Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets armed with Brimstone missiles will be joining the fight against the Islamic State as the British House of Commons voted in favor of the fight.
The British lawmakers on Wednesday voted 397-223 backing airstrikes against ISIL in Syria.
“Do we work with our allies to degrade and destroy this threat and do we go after these terrorists in their heartlands, from where they are plotting to kill British people?” he said. “Or do we sit back and wait for them to attack us?” British Prime Minister David Cameron said.
He said Britain was already a top target for IS attacks, and airstrikes would reduce the group’s ability to plan more Paris-style carnage.
He said that attacking IS was not anti-Muslim but “a defense of Islam” against “women-raping, Muslim-murdering, medieval monsters.”
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told Channel 4 news that the strikes would begin “very quickly ... probably not tonight but it could be tomorrow night.”
Britain already conducts airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq, and in August launched a drone strike that killed two British IS militants in Syria.
The British vote came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said NATO members were ready to step up military efforts against the Islamic State group _ and held out hope of improved cooperation between the West and Russia to end Syria’s four-year civil war. A day after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the United States would deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against the militants, Kerry said other countries could provide assistance that did not involve combat.
He said the effort to expand operations would require more medical facilities, intelligence-gathering, military support structure, refueling operations, aerial defenses and other action.
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Meggitt Defense Systems has won a $42.1 million contract from Lockheed Martin to supply ammunition handling systems for Scout armored vehicles operated by the British army
The UK Air Force is planning to equip its Tornado jets with the Advanced Short Range Air-toAir Missile (ASRAAM) to ward off Russian threat in the wake of Kremlin having warned of targeting allied aircraft of the US-led coalition. Last week a US fighter jet shot down a Syrian plane, attracting veiled threats from Russia that it might revoke its undestanding not to target each others' planes if Syrian planes were hit again,
Syrian MiG-29 planes provided Russian Su-25 bombers with air cover during sorties against Islamic State (IS) in Syria. “Crews of Su-25 aircrafts from the Russian Air Force and MiG-29 planes of the Syrian Air Force carried out a joint military mission over Syria,” Syrian Arab news agency, Sana cited Russian Defense Ministry as saying in a statement last Thursday
The Russian Western Military District (WMD) will receive over 40 units of advanced rocket launchers, district spokesman Col. Igor Muginov said
Russia is supporting the opposition Free Syrian Army by providing air support, weapons and ammunition in joint operations with regular Syrian forces against Islamic State militants. "The work of our aviation group assists in uniting the efforts of government troops and the Free Syrian Army," Russian President Vladimir Putin told an annual meeting at the Defense Ministry, Haaretz news daily reported Friday
The UKs Royal Air Force has dismantled four Typhoon fighter jets so as to use their spare parts to ensure optimum aircraft availability. The spare parts will be moved between aircraft within the RAF typhoon fleet
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