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US praises Britain, Belgium and Denmark for agreeing to fight IS

The White House on Friday praised allies Britain, Denmark and Belgium for joining the military coalition battling the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq.

“We certainly welcome the recent vote that occurred in the British parliament,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

“We are pleased to see the strong support from members of parliament for members of the British military working alongside US servicemen and women.”

Earnest said that a vote by the Belgian parliament to send six F-16 jets to the coalition was a “welcome development” and also noted Denmark’s move to send seven of the planes to Iraq.

Britain’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to approve air strikes by Tornado jets against Islamic State targets in Iraq.

But like Denmark and Belgium, Britain will not allow its jets to strike IS targets in Syria — where the United States and its Arab allies have launched air raids.