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the bill is passed and fighter jets are taking off....these British planes are the first to fly out of their Cyprus base to strike Islamic State group targets in Syria...until Wednesday, the UK bombed the jihadist group in Iraq but not in Syria...it has now joined 5 of its allies operating in both countries -all part of the US-led coalition:the majority of strikes - are carried out by united States air forces - - about 80% of the estimated 8,300 raids launched over the past year...also in the coalition - Australia and Jordan - Canada however is planning to bow out - withdrawing its aircraft from the region.... France - has only recently started targeting the IS group in Syria...it's tripling its capacities - by deploying its aircraft carrier - the Charles de Gaulle... the country stepped up efforts after the terror group claimed responsibility for the the November 13 Paris attacks...it's following those attacks and after the French president asked Germany to participate in the effort that the country is considering the exceptional deployment of men that wouldn't fight but provide military support for the strikes - the Parliament will vote on the measure on Friday.another major force - boosted its efforts after an attack:Russia...Ally of the Assad regime - Russia had increased its presence in Syria last summer - but it's after the IS group said it downed a packed russian passenger plane that the country multiplied strikes - targeting the terror organisation but also other opposition groups... SOT 12. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister:"We will intensify our strikes against terrorism and we will make further effort to promote political regulations in the Syria-Arab relationship and we will not change direction ."the Syrian regime has other allies - that never stopped backing it since the war started - Iran and Lebanon -have sent fighters -an estimated 7000 iranian elite troops have been sent to Syriaand between 5 and 8 thousand Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.

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the bill is passed and fighter jets are taking off....these British planes are the first to fly out of their Cyprus base to strike Islamic State group targets in Syria...until Wednesday, the UK bombed the jihadist group in Iraq but not in Syria...it

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