#UK UK Parliament to vote on Cameron’s bid for airstrikes

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A peace protestor holds placards outside Downing Street, London, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a debate and vote in Parliament on Wednesday on whether Britain should launch airstrikes against militants in Syria, arguing that the nation must stand with its allies in confronting extremism. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — The British Parliament is set to decide whether to take more aggressive action against Islamic State extremists by launching airstrikes inside Syria.

The vote expected Wednesday evening would authorize bombing inside Syria. Britain has been participating in U.S.-led coalition attacks against IS positions in Iraq only.

Prime Minister David Cameron argues that expanding the airstrikes would strengthen Britain’s security by degrading the IS forces responsible for recent attacks in Paris, Beirut and elsewhere. Cameron has said he wouldn’t seek Parliament’s backing unless he was confident of getting it.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accuses Cameron of leading a rush to war, but several dozen Labour legislators are expected to support airstrikes.

Attacks may start within days if authorized by Parliament, which defeated a similar measure two years ago.

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