LONDON: Hours after the British parliament passed the Prime Minister David Cameroon’s proposal to extend the air strikes from Iraq to Syria, British Tornado jets have took off from the Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri in Cyprus. Britain said that it has destroyed the oil fields used to provide financial assistance to IS.
“Having understood the intensity of the ISIS penetration globally and its growing potential power, the British Prime Minister has decided to extend its air-strikes from Iraq to Syria, where the ISIS is considered as dominant”, a Britain news agency reported.
The British parliament has supported the Prime Minister’s proposal with a majority of 397-223. However, analysts opined that the addition of a negligible number of warplanes will not do any good to the prevailing situation globally and insisted for the formation of a ground force to fight IS and its advancement.
Michael Fallon, the British Defense Secretary said, “We have successfully destroyed oil fields in Syria, which were used to fund the IS. There are still a number of targets which are yet to be exploited in the coming weeks.”
Britain is working under the US-led coalition to fight against the IS, under “Operation Inherent Resolve”. On the other hand, Russia has also been carrying out individual air-strikes against ISIS advancement in Syria.
Nevertheless, the situation has changed after downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey. President Vladimir Putin has publicly criticized Turkey, alleging it of supporting and funding the ISIS. He went on to say that the Turkish President Erdogan’s family has been directly profiting from the IS oil smuggling.
In addition, Russia has on Thursday suspended the gas pipeline project with Turkey, apart from its previous sanctions levied against Turkey. Putin said that a few denunciations does not put an end to the issue of ‘downing the Russian warplane’.
With the political heat between Turkey and Russia increasing day-by-day, Western countries are worried of a united progress in battling against ISIS.