British jet fighters take to the air within hours of a parliamentary vote to take part in strikes against Islamic State in Syria. Paul Chapman reports.
British fighter jets take off from their base in Cyprus...their destination unknown. They left early on Thursday within hours of a UK parliament vote to launch air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. The base at Akrotiri's already the launch pad for attacks in such targets in Iraq. Britain's lawmakers voted to back the Syria strikes by a comfortable majority after more than ten hours of tense debate. The move is unlikely to change the military balance but it will give Prime Minister David Cameron a chance to show British backing for a Western consensus for taking the battle to the militants. Outside parliament hundreds staged a die-in to show their opposition to air strikes in Syria. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BOB MALTZ, PROTESTER, SAYING: "It won't stop ISIS, it won't stop terror, it'll kill some more innocent people." (SOUNDBITE)(English) MONICA GORT, PROTESTER, SAYING: "A lot of the infrastructure will be damaged, innocent people will be killed. It's outrageous. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ANDY COGHILL, PROTESTER, SAYING: "You know it gives rise to extremism and creates a political vacuum for that extremism to fill." Britain joins the U.S. and France in air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria. Russia says it's also targeting Islamist militants but conflict monitors and Western officials say it's hit mainly other rebels as it seeks to bolster its ally, Syria's president.