After debating the verdict is clear, the great majority of the British MP’s (Members of Parliament) are in favor of air strikes in Iraq against ISIS.
The debate was heated, lasting seven hours until a clear victory of 524 to 43. The conservative Lib Dems and Labour leaderships were in favor of air strikes, although some of the MP’s claimed to be concerned about whether it would lead to the prospect of future engagement in Syria as well.
Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon said that a long campaign was awaiting not just “a series of immediate hits.”
In an interview with BBC, Fallon told reporters that the priority was to “stop the slaughter of civilians.” Fallon also mentioned that Iraqi civilians, the UK and other allies would be guided by Iraqi and Kurdish intelligences in pinpointing targets.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, was also interviewed and when asked, “How long will this conflict last?” he replied that it would take “not just months, but years.” He also said that the participation of the British at the request of the Iraqis was “morally justified” to combat a “brutal terrorist organization” and was clearly lawful.
He claimed that ISIS is a clear threat to both the UK and other nations and said that he does not want to jeopardize the safety of British streets from other countries’ air forces.
This was an issue that affected some of the MP’s in permanent ways. A number of small changes in the British Parliament appear to have taken place shortly after the debate. Labour MP Iain McKenzie was fired as an aide to th Shadow Defense Secretary Vernon Coaker for not supporting the airstrikes. Shadow Education Minister Rushanara Ali, the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, earlier resigned from the party’s front bench to avoid apparent involvement in the ISIS conflict.
Six RAF tornados were sent on the first air strike. The RAF tornados are advanced jets with very accurate targeting systems.
The U.S. began its sequence of air strikes in Iraq last month, and on Monday it started its attacks on Syria. Jets from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have combined with the U.S. in the strikes and the U.S. claims that more than 40 other countries have now offered to join the anti-ISIS alliance.
The British intervention in this conflict is just the start of their involvement in this alliance.