UK military leaders say that Britain has a moral obligation to fight against Islamic State and support France at the time of her need.
It also had a duty under our joint defence treaty with France, former heads of the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force said last night.
Whitehall sources confirmed yesterday that David Cameron was expected to call for a vote on air strikes on Wednesday and British bombers could be pounding IS strongholds in Syria by the weekend.
General Lord Dannatt, Admiral Lord West and Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon said answering France’s call for help was in our own interests.
To turn a blind eye would make a sham of the Franco-British defence treaty signed with France in 2010.