Britain, Denmark, Belgium join military effort against Islamic State in Iraq

September 27, 2014 7:09 AM

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Britain's belated entry, seven weeks after the United States began carrying out strikes, followed an overwhelming parliamentary vote to authorize attacks. Denmark and Belgium also opted to join the fight.

But as the coalition expanded, its constraints became clear. All three countries that authorized military action Friday decided to limit their involvement to Iraq. Meanwhile, Islamic State militants demonstrated that airstrikes have failed to slow their assault on critical positions within Syria.

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