Between 2 December 2015and 27 February 2016, the UK conducted 33 successful air strikes against Da'esh targets in Syria. The first strike took place on 3 December, the day after Parliament gave its approval, and hit parts of the Da'esh controlled Omar oil fields in Eastern Syria. Since then RAF Tornados, Typhoons and unmanned Reaper drones have hit a variety of Da'esh targets, including fighting positions, checkpoints, command and control centres and supply trucks. In addition the RAF has been providing close air support to both the Iraqi Army and Kurdish forces, and played a key role in the formers successful campaign to recapture Ramadi from Da'esh in December 2015. British military teams are also providing training to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Northern Iraq, and two Royal Navy warships, HMS Dauntless and HMS Kent, are providing protection to American and French aircraft carriers operating against Da'esh from the Eastern Mediterranean. Details of ongoing UK military operations against Da'esh can be found here.

All airstrikes carried out by British and other coalition aircraft have targeted Da'esh and other extremist groups. Russia, which is supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has carried out most of its strikes in Western Syria, where the Da'esh presence is minimal. As a result it has primarily been hitting more moderate Syrian opposition groups, including those backed by Western Governments and Turkey.

In additional to our military contribution against Da'esh, the UK is playing a leading role in addressing the humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian civil war. At the recent Syria donor conference, joint hosted by the UK in London, we agreed to give $1.75bn (about £1.25bn) in additional aid to support Syrian refugees between now and 2020. In total $11bn was pledged at the London conference details of which can be accessed here. The UK's contribution is on top of the £1.25bn which we have already committed, since 2012, to support displaced Syrians. This aid has provided almost 20 million food ration packs, and is being distributed through a number of bodies including UN agencies, the Red Cross and other charities.

At present a shaky ceasefire, which started 27 February, is in place in Syria. This ceasefire was arranged by the United States and Russia, and has the support of a unanimous UN Security Council resolution. However the ceasefire doesn't cover Da'esh, nor the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra front, both of which continue to be targeted by the US-led coalition and bySyrian Government forces. As of 2 March the ceasefire is largely holding, though violations have been reported by both sides to the International Syria Support Group, which is monitoring the ceasefire. The hope is that the ceasefire will develop into a more sustained peace agreement, and UN brokered peace talks between the Syrian Government and certain opposition groups are set to resume on 9 March in Geneva. These talks were called off on 3 February, following disagreements between Syrian Government and opposition groups about the humanitarian situation around Aleppo. We can only hope that they succeed this time.