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RAF on standby ahead of commons vote on Syria airstrikes

RAF pilots and ground crew are on standby at a base Cyprus to launch airstrikes in Syria if tomorrow's vote is passed.

RAF Akrotiri is already being used for round-the-clock missions against so-called Islamic State targets in Iraq - which could now be extended to strike in Syrian airspace.

ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports from Cyprus:

Mixed views from Syrians in UK on airstrikes

Members of Britain's Syrian community have mixed opinions about extending the war against the self-styled Islamic State.

Some fear the bombing will not make Britain safer - and will kill civilians in Syria.

Others say that defeating President Assad - whose ongoing brutality has killed many thousands - is just as important.

ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman reports from Manchester:


'Stop the War' protesters gather in Parliament Square

Protesters in Parliament Square in London Credit: PA

Stop The War protesters are gathering for a demonstration in Parliament Square to demonstrate against tomorrow's House of Commons vote on airstrikes in Syria.

Earlier today, the pacifist protest group urged supporters to gather at the square in an effort to urge MPs to vote against military action against so-called Islamic State targets in Syria.

Alan Johnson: PM has made a compelling argument for Syria airstrikes

Mr Johnson also said a UN Security Council resolution 'made a difference'. Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister has made a "compelling argument" for a bombing campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria, former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said.

Speaking to ITV News, Mr Johnson said that whilst he hadn't yet decided if he would vote for airstrikes and that there was widespread agreement in the House of Commons that something must be done about IS.

"He (Cameron) needs to do more about what happens next in terms of ground forces - and that's a concern I think right across the house," Johnson said.

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