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Syria air strikes debate: five things we learned

What should we take from the heartfelt arguments over military action?

By Josh Lowe  
The government has public support for air strikes against Islamic State in Syria ©David Jones/PA Wire

©David Jones/PA Wire

MPs last night voted to extend British air strikes against Islamic State (IS) into Syria, with 397 voting in favour and 223 against. The first strikes have already been launched.

The vote was preceded by a lengthy and heartfelt debate which took up most of the day. Here’s what we learned from it.

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