France, Britain raise stakes on Islamic State in Syria

An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014 allegedly shows a militant of the Islamic State group waving the Islamic jihad flag as vehicles drive between Iraq's Nineveh province and Al-Hasakah, SyriaFrance said Monday it had begun preparations for air strikes on the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, and Britain said it too was weighing the case for hitting at jihadists in the war-torn country, from which tens of thousands of people have fled to Europe. British Prime Minister David Cameron emphasised the risk of terror attacks in saying he believed there was “a strong case” for Britain taking part in airstrikes in Syria. Britain had carried out a first strike in Syria in August with a drone, killing three jihadists, two of them from Britain, he revealed.

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