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RAF begins raids by hitting IS oilfield

The RAF has started air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria following the strong vote in favour by Parliament on Wednesday night.

France has already been bombing the jihadists' stronghold of Raqqa following deadly attacks in Paris claimed by the group.

The UK strikes focused on six targets in an oil field under IS control in eastern Syria, the BBC reported last night.

Prime Minister David Cameron has warned the mission to target IS militants in Syria could take some time and will require persistence.

RAF Tornados conducted air strikes on six targets in Syria, "successfully" attacking an IS-controlled oilfield, the Ministry of Defence confirmed. Mr Cameron said there will be "strong support from our allies" for the action.

It comes as two additional Tornados and six Typhoons have arrived in the region from the UK to take part in attacks.

Speaking after the strikes, Mr Cameron said the operation in Syria would require "patience".

"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," he said, adding that the decision to approve the mission was "good for the country".

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