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.