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UK government says first airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria were successful

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UK government says first airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria were successful
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The British government has described the UK’s first airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria as ‘successful’.

The bombing came just hours after the parliament approved the strikes on Wednesday night after a long and sometimes heated argument in the House of Commons.

Four Royal Air Force Tornados took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to take part in the operation. The Ministry of Defence said the jets were carrying high precision bombs.

The British Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, had already pre-approved the targets, which were the Omar oil fields in the Dar-e-Zor region of eastern Syria that are under ISIL control.

During the debate MP’s heard impassioned speeches both for and against the airstrikes, but British Prime Minister David Cameron eventually won a comfortable majority after a number of opposition MP’s voted with the government.