On December 2nd at 22:30 GMT, following a day long debate in Parliament, politicians in the United Kingdom voted by a majority of 174 in favor of the government’s plan to carry out bombing operations on Daesh targets in Syria.

This sees the RAF joining the US, France and Russia in sustained bombing campaigns over Syria. It is not a decision taken lightly by the British government; undoubtedly commits the our military to a lengthy fight against this terrorist organization.

Logistically, it is a fairly straight-forward move as the RAF is already involved in strategic strikes against Daesh targets in Iraq. Most importantly, it sends a clear message to our allies and marks a major shift in our foreign policy: we are committed to the fight.

So what has Britain been doing until now?