British Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech to delegates on the final day of the annual Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, north west England, on October 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF
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The British government Tuesday denied it was abandoning plans for a parliamentary vote to join air strikes in Syria as an influential committee of MPs advised against action.Newspaper reports suggested Prime Minister David Cameron had abandoned plans to seek parliamentary approval to extend missions against ISIS from Iraq into neighboring Syria.Cameron assessed that airstrikes would not now have the support of enough MPs to pass, given the Conservatives' slim majority of 12 in the House of Commons, The Guardian and The Times reported.The government has argued that it is illogical to conduct airstrikes in Iraq and not neighboring Syria, saying the two countries are "a single theater of conflict".Cameron's previous government, a coalition, was badly bruised by a Commons defeat over a plan to launch airstrikes in Syria in 2013 .
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