RAF fighters are preparing to target the leadership of Daesh, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said, as British war planes again hit Syrian oil fields controlled by the extremist Islamists.

Speaking at RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus where the UK strike force is based, Fallon said future missions would see them attack the Daesh headquarters and its command and control structure.

"We are going to use force against them in their headquarters, their command and control, their logistics, but also in the infrastructure that supports them," he said.

The latest overnight raids saw the RAF Typhoons which arrived on the island on Thursday deployed on combat operations against Daesh.

Two Typhoon FGR4ss and two Tornado GR4s returned to the Omar oil field - scene of the first bombing raids after Wednesday's Commons vote authorising air strikes - where they carried out eight attacks using Paveway IV guided bombs.

"Early reports suggest that they were successful," the Ministry of Defence said. "Our aircraft then remained on patrol to collect intelligence on possible terrorist positions and be ready to strike any further targets that might be identified in eastern Syria or western Iraq."

Across the border in Iraq, an unmanned RAF Reaper drone - flying close support for Kurdish peshmerga ground forces - destroyed a Daesh truck bomb with a direct hit from a Hellfire missile, the MoD said.

Addressing around 200 crew in a hangar at the air base, Fallon said they should be prepared for a long campaign to counter the terrorist threat from Daesh: "This campaign is not going to be short or simple. We face a new kind of enemy that makes no demands, takes no hostages, doesn't want to negotiate.

"It's not what we do that they oppose, it's what we are. We are people who choose our Government, accept a rule of law, tolerate other religions. It's because of who we are in Britain and the West that we have this particular death cult."

His comments came amid reports that the ringleader of last month's Paris terror attacks - which left 130 dead - had links with people in the UK.

The Wall Street Journal quoted two western officials as saying that Abdelhamid Abaaoud - who died in a shoot-out with police following the atrocities - was suspected of having connections with people in Birmingham, including several with Moroccan heritage.

Meanwhile, around 100 people braved the wind and rain of Storm Desmond in Glasgow to protest at the bombing of Daesh targets in Syria.

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn was among 66 Labour MPs who voted for the airstrikes after party representatives were given a free vote.

Stephen Smellie, deputy convener of Unison Scotland, addressed protesters waving banners saying "Don't Bomb Syria" alongside flags for the fledgling leftwing Scottish independence party Rise.

Smellie said: "The fact that 57 out the 59 MSPs in Scotland ... did not vote for bombing Syria is something that we can be proud of.

"I have visited Kurdistan, stood on the Turkish side of the border and watched the Isis flag flying over Kobani. I've spoken to people there and they are not in favour of us bombing Syria.

"Let's be clear - innocent people will be killed. We have reduced ourselves to the level of barbarians supposedly to defend civilisation."

Pam Currie, vice president of the Educational Institute of Scotland's Further Education Lecturers' Association (EIS-FELA), said: "We have been told there is no money for lecturers, class teachers and frontline services, and yet overnight they can find millions of pounds to bomb Syria.”