Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Not America's fight alone - President Obama on IS Air Strikes


F/A-18s launch attacks on IS targets from aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush
Before and after photos of target hit by F-22 air craft
Before and after photos of Islamic State finance centre hit by Tomahawk missile on 22 September
President Obama has hailed the support of Arab nations in air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants, saying: "This is not America's fight alone."
He was speaking hours after the US and Arab allies launched their first air strikes against IS in Syria.
Activists say at least 70 IS militants and 50 other al-Qaeda-linked fighters were killed in the strikes.
US state department spokeswoman Jan Psaki said the US had warned Syria in advance "not to engage US aircraft".
But she added that Washington had not requested permission or given advance notice of the timing of the attacks.
President Obama: ''We're going to do what's necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group''
The Pentagon said warplanes, drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles were used in the strikes.
IS has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq, and the US has launched nearly 200 air strikes in Iraq since August.
But Monday's strikes expanded the anti-IS campaign across the border into Syria for the first time.

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