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PM: UK Airstrikes will help bring political deal in Syria

Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted UK airstrikes will help to bring about a political settlement in Syria, as RAF Typhoons carry out their first attacks on so-called Islamic State.

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Obama welcomes UK involvement in strikes on IS in Syria

David Cameron and Barack Obama spoke on Friday. Credit: Reuters

Barack Obama spoke with David Cameron by phone to discuss the fight against so-called Islamic State in Syria on Friday.

The US President welcomed the outcome of Wednesday's vote in the House of Commons authorising the RAF to carry out airstrikes against the terror group, a White House spokesman said.

President Obama "expressed his appreciation" that British air forces had joined the coalition in Syria.

"The leaders discussed further steps that can be taken to degrade and destroy ISIL, and reiterated that all countries are welcome to join the existing coalition, if their political and military objectives in Syria are consistent with those of the Coalition," the White House spokesman said.

"They also discussed ways to further bolster our already robust counterterrorism cooperation, and the President, on behalf of the American people, accepted the Prime Minister's condolences for the loss of life in the San Bernardino shootings this week."

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