After deciding not to launch airstrikes against the Syrian regime after they used chemical weapons on their own people, the United States—along with partner nations—have now launched missiles at Syrian territory. But this time the targets are not Syrian, but ISIS forces. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said on his Twitter feed that fighters, bombers, and tomahawk missiles have been used in the attacks.
The Guardian reported that five Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were among those who participated in the mission. US President Barack Obama hinted at it in his recent speech addressing the threat of ISIS that he could strike the terror group in Syria.
“If you threaten America, you will find no safe-haven,” the White House Twitter feed quoted Obama as saying last earlier this month.
The airstrikes follow a similar US campaign against ISIS in Iraq. The terror group, known for its brutality, had made significant gains in both Syria and Iraq, prompting the American intervention.
But unlike Iraq, Syria is not friendly to the US. Nonetheless, Syria has been fighting ISIS for some time in that nation’s civil war.
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, September 23, 2014)