The U.S. with the support of several Middle East partners began a heavy bombardment of more than 50 airstrikes in Syria at 8:30 p.m. Monday night aimed at the headquarters and bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The airstrikes came just as world leaders convened for the first day of the United Nations annual meeting.
President Obama is expected to make a statement from the White House before leaving for New York and the Pentagon will brief reporters later in the morning, giving additional details on the first large-scale military action of Obama’s presidency.
Airstrikes were fired at check points in Al-Raqqa and Tal Abyad, as well, NBC News reported. While most of these ISIS bases were evacuated before the airstrikes, some ISIS fighters were confirmed to be killed.
Monday’s attacks are a part of the president’s military strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS, a brutal terrorist group that aims to create a large Islamic state ruled by Sharia law.
Syrians officials were informed of the strikes before they occurred, the State Department said on Tuesday morning.
I am enjoying watching Leftist Obama followers who held him up as the anti-war candidate of 2008 cheering for him starting another war. And this is definitely a new war – new enemy, new country.
For the record, I support using military action against the Islamic State. I also believe this is an illegal war because it is being done without Congressional authorization. I’m a stickler for legal technicalities like that.
I doubt the airstrikes will have had much positive effect considering how much advance warning Obama gave them. They had plenty of time to evacuate likely targets and/or place women and children around and in them as human shields/sacrifices.
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