UK PM Cameron to push for war with case for joining Syria air strikes

By REUTERS
November 22, 2015 15:35
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LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron will this week set out the case for joining air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, his finance minister said on Sunday, in a bid to persuade a parliament loath to embark on another war in the Middle East.

Britain is already bombing IS in Iraq but Cameron has said he believes Britain should be doing more to fight the militants, who claimed responsibility for this month's attacks in Paris in which 130 people died.

France has in the days since stepped up its bombing campaign against the group's members in Syria, who are also being targeted from the air by a US-led coalition and Russia.

Cameron is keen to avoid a repeat of 2013 when he lost a crunch parliamentary vote on air strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces.

"The prime minister will seek support across parliament for strikes against that terrorist organization in Syria. Frankly Britain has never been a country that stands on the sidelines and relies on others to defend us," finance minister George Osborne told BBC television on Sunday.

"The timetable is this: In the coming week the prime minister will come to the House of Commons ... we will make the case as a government, we will allow MPs to digest that response and then we will see where we stand."

Britain's Sunday newspapers, carrying headlines including "Britain prepares for war," reported a vote could be held within the next two weeks, with bombing underway by Christmas.

Osborne said the Paris attacks were likely changing the views of those previously opposed to British air strikes but said the government would only call a vote when it was confident it could win. Another defeat would be "a publicity coup" for IS and send "a terrible message about Britain's role in the world," he said.

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