LONDON (Sputnik) – Limited British airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) jihadist group targets, carried out by only four jets, are a symbolic gesture of solidarity to the US-led anti-IS coalition, and make no difference in the anti-terror campaign, the chairman of a cross-party working group on relations with Russia in the British Parliament told Sputnik.
"Honestly, we only have four planes; I do not suppose that four planes could make a huge difference. This country [Syria] has been already bombed repeatedly so I think with our operation in Syria we are trying to show solidarity," Edward Leigh said.
Leigh placed military efforts against IS below attempts to get the Syrian government, Russia, the United States and other powers to "work together with respectable opposition groups."
Setting out a case in favor of airstrikes in Syria ahead of the parliamentary vote, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that RAF jets would make a "meaningful difference" in the anti-IS campaign in the Arab republic.