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Group of British lawmakers warns government against plan for airstrikes against IS in Syria

FILE - This is a Friday, May 22, 2015  file photo of British Prime Minister David Cameron as he speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, Latvia. An influential group of lawmakers says launching British airstrikes against Islamic State group militants in Syria would be "incoherent" and ineffective without a plan to end the country's civil war. The Foreign Affairs Select Committee has dealt a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to expand British military action against the militants from Iraq into Syria. In a report published Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 the foreign affairs committee said Russia's intervention in the conflict in support of Bashar Assad's government "has complicated even further any proposed action in Syria by the U.K." (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)

FILE - This is a Friday, May 22, 2015 file photo of British Prime Minister David Cameron as he speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, Latvia. An influential group of lawmakers says launching British airstrikes against Islamic State group militants in Syria would be "incoherent" and ineffective without a plan to end the country's civil war. The Foreign Affairs Select Committee has dealt a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to expand British military action against the militants from Iraq into Syria. In a report published Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 the foreign affairs committee said Russia's intervention in the conflict in support of Bashar Assad's government "has complicated even further any proposed action in Syria by the U.K." (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)  (The Associated Press)

An influential group of lawmakers says launching British airstrikes against Islamic State group militants in Syria would be ineffective without a plan to end the country's civil war.

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee has dealt a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to expand British military action against the militants from Iraq into Syria.

Committee chairman Crispin Blunt, a legislator from Cameron's Conservative Party, said Tuesday he feared the government was "responding to the powerful sense that something must be done ... without any expectation that its action will be militarily decisive, and without a coherent and long-term plan for defeating (IS) and ending the civil war."

Cameron and Defense Minister Michael Fallon have said they favor expanding the strikes from Iraq to Syria, but only with Parliament's approval.