RAF jets conducted intelligence missions over Syria overnight, as well as attacking Islamic State in Iraq, the Ministry of Defense said. Two RAF Tornado GR4s took off from RAF Akrotiri and flew an armed reconnaissance patrol over eastern Syria. They gathered intelligence on terrorist activity, but did not engage in any further airstrikes. A second pair of GR4s patrolled over western Iraq. They provided close air support to Iraqi forces engaged in combat with Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh, in and around Ramadi. A sniper team opened fire on Iraqi troops, but was silenced by a direct hit from a Paveway IV guided bomb, the MoD said. It comes after the first night of British involvement in the conflict in Syria which saw British Tornados hit seven targets in eastern Syrian oil fields. David Cameron, who is currently visiting Bulgaria, said: "We’ve now got more Typhoons and more Tornados in Cyprus ready to take action, both over the skies of Iraq and over the skies of Syria. "We have to defeat Daesh wherever it is. "In terms of the political process, that is the key to long term success. Trying to get a political settlement in Syria is absolutely crucial but we can't wait for that to happen before taking action. "The strikes actually help to bring about a political settlement because the strikes take the action to Daesh, which is everybody's enemy." It has also emerged that French jets carried out reconnaissance flights over Islamic State-held territory in Libya on 20 and 21 November. Meanwhile, Germany's parliament has approved government plans to join the military campaign against IS in Syria. Of the 598 politicians who took part in the vote, 445 voted for, 146 against and seven abstained. The mission will include sending six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to help protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 military personnel. Germany will not join countries like Britain, France, the United States and Russia in conducting airstrikes. Cameron is under fresh pressure over his claims that there are 70,000 fighters in Syria who would be prepared to join the coalitions fight to take on IS. The Times newspaper claimed it had spoken to a senior Whitehall source who warned that the figure could become the equivalent of Tony Blair's "dodgy dossier" ahead of the Iraq War.