December 2, 2015 / 10:47 PM / 2 years ago

British parliament votes for air strikes against militants in Syria

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street in London, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers voted by 397 to 223 on Wednesday in favor of launching air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria after more than 10 hours of debate.

Britain has been bombing in Iraq for more than a year and Prime Minister David Cameron had urged lawmakers to back extending air strikes to Syria to target militants he said were plotting attacks on the West.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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