The British Government has allowed the French to use their military base in Cyprus to conduct air strikes on Syria. The decision comes after a meeting between the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the French President, François Hollande.
The base to be used is RAF Akrotiri which is a British military station which has been in use since the 1950s. The military base is around 300 kilometres from Syria and will not be used for direct air strikes but just for refuelling and serving French fighters.
Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said:
“This offer is another demonstration of our solidarity with our French allies. It is right that we do all we can to help them hit ISIL harder. Meanwhile, we will continue to strike this vile organisation in Iraq and build the case for extending those strikes to Syria”.