The British Parliament voted overwhemingly on Friday to approve airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), joining the coalition led by the United States.

The House of Commons voted 524 to 43 to approve the strikes. The measure authorizes strikes only in Iraq, stating that those in Syria would be subject to a separate vote. It also notes that ground troops will not be deployed in combat.

The BBC reports, however, that Prime Minister David Cameron says strikes in Syria would be lawful on the basis of protecting neighboring Iraq.

Some lawmakers in the United States have pointed to the British vote to show that Congress should also vote on authorization.

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