UK bombs Syrian oil field after MPs vote for strikes

An RAF Harrier drops a Paveway II laser-guided bomb at an undisclosed locationBritain joined the US-led bombing campaign over Syria on Thursday, hitting an oil field held by Islamic State jihadists just hours after a decisive parliamentary vote authorised air strikes. Royal Air Force planes based in Cyprus carried out the “first offensive operation against Daesh terrorist targets inside Syria,” the defence ministry said in a statement, using an alternative name for IS. The strikes with Paveway guided bombs were carried out by four Tornado fighter jets and focused on targets in the Omar oil field in eastern Syria, 30 miles (48 kilometres) from the Iraq border.

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