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British Jets Conduct 2nd Round of Airstrikes in Syria

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British Defense Minister Michael Fallon talks to British pilots and soldiers at RAF Akrotiri, a British air base near Limassol, Cyprus, Dec. 5, 2015. British warplanes at RAF Akrotiri carried out airstrikes in Syria Thursday.

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon talks to British pilots and soldiers at RAF Akrotiri, a British air base near Limassol, Cyprus, Dec. 5, 2015. British warplanes at RAF Akrotiri carried out airstrikes in Syria Thursday.

British war planes carried out a round of airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria late Friday, again hitting oil fields, officials said.

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon said in a statement Saturday that two Typhoon fighter-bombers joined the campaign for the first time, hitting an oil field in eastern Syria.

Britain's Ministry of Defense released a video showing bombers conducting the second round of airstrikes on Islamic State targets.

The Typhoon jets arrived Thursday at a British air base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, to bolster its strike force of Tornado warplanes.

Britain’s Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jets began airstrikes in Syria Thursday just hours after lawmakers in London voted 397 to 223 in favor of an expanded strategy to defeat the Islamic State militant group.

British lawmakers approved the bombing of targets in Syria at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron appeared before Parliament to make his case, saying the airstrikes would be “part of a wider strategy” to overcome Islamic State, which has been using the oil fields to fund attacks on the West.

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