U.S. air strikes in Syria continued overnight with a monitoring group saying at least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed.
Having sat out so far, Britain said it would join strikes against militants but only in Iraq for now – which has asked for such help – not Syria. IS holds swathes of land in both countries.
Parliament is to reconvene on Friday and, unlike last year when action to stop Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against his own people was voted down, all the main parties are now broadly in support. Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet will meet today to finalise what they will put to parliament tomorrow.
Washington has secured the support of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar – crucial Arab support which was largely absent for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Turkey appears to be inching toward greater involvement after the IS group freed 46 Turkish hostages but it remains unclear how far it will go. Its long border with Syria make it strategically vital and it is home to a major U.S. base at Incirlik.