Marham jets carry out first air strikes on Syria after Commons vote

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Crews from RAF Marham have carried out their first air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria.

Tornado jets from the base attacked an oil field controlled by the so-called Islamic State within hours of MPs authorising the action in a Commons vote last night.

The government’s proposals to authorise the extension of current operations in Iraq to Syria were approved by 397 votes to 223.

West Norfolk’s Conservative MPs Henry Bellingham and Elizabeth Truss both voted in favour of military action.

But the Liberal Democrats’ North Norfolk MP, Norman Lamb, opposed his party’s stance and voted against the plan.

He announced his intentions on Twitter ahead of the vote, posting: “With a heavy heart and total respect for colleagues who reach a different view, I will vote against Government tonight.”

Defence chiefs said yesterday that the first strikes were made against an oilfield at Omar, 35 miles west of the Syrian border with Iraq.

The government maintains the action, which follows the launch of similar strikes against the group in Iraq last year, will help to reduce the threat posed by the militant group.

But opponents fear the action may make the situation on the ground worse.