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British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to win approval from Parliament to join U.S.-led airstrikes on ISIS militants in Iraq at a specially convened session Friday. A coalition including the U.S. and Middle Eastern allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has already started bombing ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.
Until now, Cameron has held back from joining the action after suffering a humiliating defeat last year when lawmakers rejected British airstrikes against Syrian government forces. The vote undermined President Barack Obama's efforts to win support for air attacks on Damascus forces, which he subsequently called off at the last minute. By contrast, parties from across the political spectrum have signaled that they will back Cameron's position in Friday's vote. Approval would take Britain into its first military action since a 2011 aerial campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya.
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