Britain’s opposition Labour split on Syria air strikes

Britain’s new opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn faces a revolt over air strikes on Syria, nine days after the left-winger was elected on a platform that opposed military intervention in the region. Half of Corbyn’s top team of ministers-in-waiting were prepared to back a call from Prime Minister David Cameron to sanction bombing against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Sunday Times said. The government said last week it would try to reach a consensus on extending British involvement in coalition air strikes against IS from Iraq to Syria. Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman Hilary Benn said on Sunday the party would examine any proposals to try to bring an end to the fighting.



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