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MPs are still debating in the House of Commons whether to authorise the use of British warplanes against Isis in Iraq. It is all but certain that the vote, which takes place at 5pm this evening, will give that authorisation.

In his statement to the Commons, the Prime Minister was clear that air strikes would be confined to targets in Iraq. There would be no air strikes against Isis in Syria. Ed Miliband gave support for this action. The Iraqi government has made a request to Britain that it provide air support, said Miliband, and for this reason: “I believe…

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