A British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado fighter jet at the Akrotiri airbase, near the Cypriot port city of Limassol, October 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO /Yiannis Kourtoglou
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Britain will bring extra precision firepower to the Syria air campaign but its participation will be no game-changer, according to experts who questioned the effectiveness of coalition airstrikes in the war-torn country.Following the green light from lawmakers Wednesday for strikes on Syria, a total of 16 Royal Air Force warplanes will be available to bomb Daesh (ISIS) targets in Syria.Before the vote, Britain's Akrotiri base in Cyprus had eight Tornado jets and 10 MQ-9 Reaper drones, two of which took part in a one-off mission to kill two British militants in Syria in September.Experts remain uncertain about the effectiveness of the 8,300 airstrikes the international coalition has carried out in Iraq and Syria since September 2014 .Experts say Daesh has also gained a lot of territory in Syria.
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