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British Labour's anti-war leader faces rebellion on Syria: report

A rebel fighter fires heavy artillery during clashes with government forces and pro-regime shabiha militiamen in the outskirts of Syria's northwestern Idlib province on September 18, 2015Senior members of Britain’s opposition Labour Party are planning to defy their new pacifist leader and vote with the government to carry out air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Syria, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. The paper said that half of the party’s shadow cabinet would side with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative government in a House of Commons vote it said could be held next month. Britain is already taking part in US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and the government wants to extend the campaign to Syria but has said it will ask for parliamentary consent.

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