On Friday, British lawmakers voted in favor of joining the US led coalition against the IS. They have decided to commit warplanes to the effort, but have opted out of arming the Syrian rebels. They will only be conducting operations in Iraq, as they believe any operations in Syria would be illegal without Assad’s support. The beheading of British citizen David Haines has swayed British public opinion to support intervention against IS. Today (September 27th) two RAF tornado jets carried out armed reconnaissance operations, but no airstrikes, in Iraq.