The Prime Minister has warned the battle against Islamic State in Syria will be a long one but said Britain will not make the mistakes it has in Iraq.

Making his case for airstrikes in Syria, the Prime Minister said that military action in the country would not see “quick gains”

“We should not expect this to happen quickly. It will require patience and persistence. But it is achievable,” he said.

But he added that the lessons of Iraq had been learned and he urged MPs not to let decisions taken in 2003 colour their view this time.

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