Obama, After Airstrikes in Syria, Says U.S. Will ‘Take the Fight’ to ISIS

9/23/14
 
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from The New York Times,
9/23/14:

President Obama on Tuesday hailed the American-led coalition that conducted airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State, declaring, “We’re going to do what is necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group.”

Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, just before leaving for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Obama said American planes had also struck targets of another militant group, Khorasan, and declared that there would be “no safe haven” for the group, which officials say is linked to Al Qaeda and has been plotting attacks against Americans.

The United States already has bombed Islamic State targets in Iraq at that country’s request. But it did not seek permission to bomb the group in neighboring Syria.

The president emphasized that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain had taken part in the air operation on Monday night.

“America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security,” Mr. Obama said. “The strength of this coalition makes clear to the world that this is not just America’s fight alone.”

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