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Summary

  1. UK launches first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria
  2. Cyprus-based RAF Tornado jets target oil fields in eastern Syria
  3. Prime Minister David Cameron warns campaign 'is going to take time'
  4. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had said case for war 'does not stack up'
  5. MPs voted in favour of military action in Syria by 397 to 223

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By Stephen Robb, Alison Daye and Emma Harrison

All times stated are UK

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Air strikes take UK campaign against IS into Syria

That concludes our coverage here for the time being, following the first air strikes by UK forces in Syria.

Our news story will continued to be updated here.

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Ben Bradshaw: MPs 'feeling intimidated' because of online abuse

Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter, is one of the MPs who says he was subjected to online abuse. He voted in favour of military action.

He told the BBC:

What does worry me is, particularly the new MPs, I think, are feeling intimidated and I think some may have changed their vote last night as a result.

And that’s a great shame because particularly in a free vote it is very important that MPs can do what they think is in the best interests of the country and the nation without being intimidated and threatened in this way."

Ben Bradshaw
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Corbyn facing 'deep divisions' in party

The BBC’s Norman Smith says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing “deep and significant divisions” within his party in the wake of the Syria vote.

Our assistant political editor said:

At the very top of the party you saw Hilary Benn and Jeremy Corbyn miles apart, and there was Hilary Benn - his speech widely applauded - behind him sat Mr Corbyn with his arms folded, looking down, refusing to clap. It was just a very public sign of the tensions rippling through the Labour Party.

What makes this all the more difficult I think is the way it has become so personal, so vindictive and almost vengeful with abuse seemingly being metered out to those Labour MPs that backed air strikes… political divisions are one thing but when it becomes personal it becomes that much harder to try and bind the party together again.

It does have echoes of the sort of divisions and deeply damaging civil war that engulfed the Labour Party in the 1980s.

Jeremy Corbyn
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Pictures: Protest in Germany over possible Syria action

On Friday German MPs are expected to vote in favour of military action against Islamic State militants in Syria.

Here are some pictures of protesters demonstrating against such action at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Thursday evening.

Protesters in Berlin
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Protesters at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
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A recap of reaction from Syria

Here is a summary of some of the reaction we have seen from Syria:

  • Syrian state media have reacted angrily to the decision by UK MPs to attack so-called Islamic State targets in their country
  • A number of Syrians have been giving their reaction to the British decision, including Sharif Shehadeh, Syrian MP and supporter of President Assad. He said: "If the goal is to destroy Daesh [Islamic State], they have left it too late"
  • Hassan Hassan, Syrian analyst with Chatham House think tank, says he supports British involvement in Syria as it will "open up the opportunity to do more"
  • Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of anti-IS activists which is often the main source of information about life in the city, says the air strikes "will not defeat IS, but it will make people suffer more"

UK's letter on air strikes to UN

Matthew Rycroft, Britain's permanent representative to the United Nations, has written to the UN Security Council President Samantha Power with official notification of the UK's decision to join air strikes in Syria.

He wrote: "I am writing to report to the Security Council that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is taking necessary and proportionate measures against ISIL/Daesh in Syria, as called for in resolution 2249, in exercise of the inherent right of individual and collective self-defence."

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Watch: Benn and Benn on war (both watched by Jeremy Corbyn)

Tony Benn's speech opposing bombing in Iraq in 1998, and his son Hilary Benn's speech last night

Watch: Tony Benn vs his son Hilary Benn on war

Campaign group Momentum responds to online abuse claims

Momentum, the organisation set up by Jeremy Corbyn supporters in the wake of his successful leadership campaign earlier this year, has issued a statement in response to claims from some MPs of online abuse.

Momentum strongly disapproves of anyone who engages in abusive behaviour towards MPs or anyone else, and threatening or bullying, whether they are outside the Labour Party (as most are) or inside it.

We specifically asked our supporters to emulate Jeremy Corbyn, and to keep their messages about the issues and to refrain from any personal attacks.

Momentum is not a threat to MPs who voted for bombing. We have made clear that we will not campaign for the deselection of any MP and will not permit any local Momentum groups to do so.

The selection of candidates is entirely a matter for local party members and rightly so.

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Watch: How should the BBC refer to the militants?

The Daily Politics

During Wednesday's debate on air strikes to target the so-called Islamic State in Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said ministers would refer only to Daesh when talking about the militants. 

Conservative MP Rehman Chishti argues Daesh is the best term, and on Thursday's Daily Politics criticised the BBC for referring to Islamic State. 

But senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, Shashank Joshi, argued that the terms meant the same thing.  

Conservative MP argues Daesh is the best term for militants in Syria and Iraq

Summary of key events

Here is a summary of the latest key events:

An RAF A400M military transport plane taxis at RAF Akrotiri in southern Cyprus
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Watch: Chair of Foreign Affairs Select Committee discusses next steps in Syria

Crispin Blunt, chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, suggests what needs to happen in Syria to combat the Islamic State extremists - "many of whom are determined to fight to the death".

The Daily Politics

Chair of Foreign Affairs Select Committee on plans for Syria

Brimstone missiles: the statistics

More information on Brimstone missiles
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Typhoon jets: more detail

Information on the Typhoon jets
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Tornado jets: more detail

Information on the Tornado jets
BBC

Watch: Should Labour MPs who backed strikes be deselected?

The Daily Politics

After claims of abuse of Labour Party MPs connected to the vote on air strikes, John Mann MP, the Socialist Party's Nancy Taaffe and a Momentum activist discuss deselection threats and claims of bullying. 

John Mann says MPs have been victims of bullying

Syrian News Agency criticises UK

The Syrian News Agency (SANA) has criticised the UK's Ministry of Defence for not giving details about the outcome of the air strikes launched overnight on IS sites in Syria.

It added that the UK was joining the coalition led by Washington, which is “targeting illegally and against international law 'Daesh' sites in Syria for more than a year, however, the terrorist organisation is growing”.

It quoted a French expert as saying that the British military action would be “symbolic” and would not make a difference.

News agency report
SANA

Watch: RAF Typhoon jets arrive in Cyprus

Four Typhoons, from RAF Lossiemouth, land in Cyprus at RAF Akrotiri

Four RAF Typhoons, from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, land in Cyprus at RAF Akrotiri

There will need to be 'sandals on the ground'

Maj Gen "Chip" Chapman, the former head of counter-terrorism at the Ministry of Defence, said air strikes alone would not be enough to defeat the Islamic State group.

He said:

At some time, I would say that there will need to be sandals on the ground, not boots on the ground.

This should really be for local forces to go and do the business on the ground in air/land operations.

Because this is a ruthless civil war, it's a sectarian war, it's an ethnic war - the transcultural thing that we didn't really understand when we were campaigning in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 15 years."

Call for investigation into online abuse

Pro-Jeremy Corbyn campaign group Momentum should be disbanded if it is found to be orchestrating attacks on Labour MPs, backbencher Stephen Kinnock has said.

His comments come as MPs claim they have been threatened with attempts to de-select them as Labour candidates.

Labour MP Mr Kinnock said: "I think if Momentum is engaged in activity which is directly targeting Labour MPs and abusing them simply because they took a different view on what was a very complex and emotive issue then I think an investigation needs to be held.

"And if that concludes that Momentum is orchestrating and organising these things then yes, I think the NEC needs to rule and look to disband the organisation."

Momentum, a successor organisation to Mr Corbyn's Labour leadership campaign, says in its interim code of ethics that it promotes "honest debate focused on policies, not personal attacks or harassment" and "seeks positive and productive engagement with local Labour Party branches".

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham has also called for action.

'This will take time'

The Ministry of Defence tweets...

'Complex situation'

The BBC's defence and diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says:

The air campaign is not going to bring about anything like victory over Islamic State – everybody from the prime minister downwards has been saying that...

But if there was no bombing at all, Islamic State would be on the ascendant, it would have taken even more territory in Iraq and Syria, it might be threatening Jordan, it might have been threatening Lebanon, it would be undoubtedly a much greater source of radicalisation for suitably-minded people around the world.

We are not dealing here with an absolute right or an absolute wrong - we are dealing with an impossibly complex situation where people are trying to find a way to at least contain it, perhaps slowly bring some order out of the chaos.

MoD answers 'most common' air strike questions

The Ministry of Defence tweets...

Things people get wrong about Syria

Busting the myths on UK air strikes

BBC Newsbeat

In the last 24 hours you have been hearing some big claims about the air strikes in Syria. Radio 1 Newsbeat put questions from its followers to Middle East analyst Tim Eaton, from Chatham House. 

See his answers here:Eight statements on Syria - true or not?

Explosion in Kobani
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Not the result of air strikes but an explosion caused by a car bomb planted by the Islamic State group in Kobani last year

MoD blogs on Syria air strikes

#PrayForSyria trends on Twitter

Thousands of people have been using the hashtag #PrayForSyria on social media in response to the UK’s decision to extend air strikes into the country, according to BBC Trending.

Since Parliament voted for action, the term has been tweeted more than 46,000 times, peaking at 23:10 GMT on Wednesday night – within an hour of the vote being passed.

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Sturgeon 'deeply troubled' by Syria strikes

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has told the Scottish Parliament she is deeply troubled by UK MPs' decision to take military action against Islamic State targets in Syria. 

She offered her "thoughts and good wishes" to the British service personnel in action over Syria, particularly those from RAF Lossiemouth.

Nicola Sturgeon
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"However, I remain deeply troubled by the decision of the UK government to take the country into conflict with no strategy, no exit plan and against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Scotland's MPs."

Middle East press react to Syria strikes

Syrian state media have reacted angrily to the decision by UK MPs to attack so-called Islamic State targets in their country.  

Here's a round-up of some of their responses, along with those from the press in other Middle Eastern countries including Iran, Lebanon and Qatar. 

Watch: David Cameron says Syria strikes 'necessary'

David Cameron says widening the military operation against Islamic State extremists is "part of a process that will actually help to deliver the political and diplomatic change that we need in Syria".

Boris Johnson: Syria strikes 'do not increase London risk'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has rejected the suggestion that air strikes in Syria could increase the terror threat in London. 

He said: "I don't think it makes London more of a target. On the contrary, I think we're seeing an escalation of the number of plots that are emanating from the Daesh-held areas in Syria." 

It was time for the UK to join France, the US and other allies in using military force to restrict so-called Islamic State's activities, he said.

Mr Johnson was speaking outside the Bataclan club in Paris, where 89 people lost their lives in the recent attacks there, which were claimed to have been carried out by IS.

Boris Johnson
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David Cameron: We must be 'patient and persistent'

David Cameron also says the UK is "going to need to be patient and persistent" in its efforts against Islamic State. 

Tornado at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus
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This is going to take time. It is complex and it is difficult what we are asking our pilots to do, and our thoughts should be with them and their families as they commence this important work."

PM expects 'strong support from our allies'

Mr Cameron also said there would be "strong support from our allies" for UK action in Syria.

"I've just been on the telephone to Chancellor Merkel of Germany, and the Germans are stepping up what they are doing in the region. 

"And there will be very strong support from Muslim countries, Gulf countries, that have asked us to take part in this action, as part of a process that will actually help to deliver the political and diplomatic change that we need in Syria as well."

David Cameron: Air strikes 'good for the country'

Prime Minister David Cameron says he believes the UK's ability to carry out bombing raids against so-called Islamic State in Syria is "good for the country".

David Cameron
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There was a compelling case for extending our air strikes from Iraq to Syria.

"I was glad to see such strong support right across Parliament, actually from members of six different political parties voting in favour of this necessary action."  

Saudi paper covers 'heated' Commons

The Saudi-owned London newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat shows Wednesday night's Syria debate in the Commons, with the headline: "Ten heated hours in the British House of Commons." 

Al-Sharq al-Awsat paper
Al-Sharq al-Awsat

'Advanced sensors used' to avoid risk to civilians

The Ministry of Defence has issued more information on its website about the RAF's air strikes in Syria overnight.

It says its fighter bombers hit six targets within the extensive oilfield at Omar, 35 miles inside Syria’s eastern border with Iraq.

"Before our aircrew conducted their attacks, as is normal they used the aircraft’s advanced sensors to confirm that no civilians were in the proximity of the targets, who might be placed at risk.

"Our initial analysis of the operation indicates that the strikes were successful."    

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Daily Politics: What's going on in Syria?

Anti-war group: Decision 'profoundly mistaken and dangerous'

Stop The War Coalition Hold A "Die In" Protest Before Commons Vote On Airstrikes
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The Stop the War Coalition - which demonstrated outside the Houses of Parliament during Wednesday evening's vote - says the decision to bomb so-called Islamic State targets in Syria is "profoundly mistaken and dangerous".

A new war will not increase the prospects of peace in Syria, nor will the British people be safer from terrorism.

The group has also condemned those MPs in favour of air strikes who have complained about the responses they are getting from some members of the public.  

If an MP is not robust enough to withstand emails and tweets, they should really not be voting for bombing other people - those who wish to be alone with their consciences would do better to consider a life of religious contemplation.

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Labour former mayor of London speaking to BBC News

Labour's Ken Livingstone says Jeremy Corbyn has brought back democracy

France welcomes 'concrete demonstration of solidarity'

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement: 

I welcome the vote by the British House of Commons authorising an intensification of the United Kingdom's military efforts in the fight against Daesh by extending them to Syria.

Through this vote and these actions, the UK is signalling its determination to combat Daesh. A fortnight after the 13 November attacks, this is a concrete demonstration of solidarity with our country.

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