Walking the Walk: How the US is Fighting ISIS

by Brandon Musick

For the first time since the beginning of Syria’s civil war in 2011, the US has intervened. The US was joined by five other Arab nations in the barrage of the Islamic state on Monday night. Targets included fighters, training camps, headquarters, and armed vehicles. President Obama commented, saying “we’re going to do what’s necessary to take this fight to this terrorist group.” However, he also said that this “will take time.”
The mission was not only targeted at Islamic state positions, there were also targets from another terrorist group, the Khorasan Group, known to be made up of Al Qaeda veterans. According to US Central Command, the Khorasan Group is involved in “imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests.”

The bombing came fewer than two weeks after the President’s authorization of US airstrikes in Syria as part of a plan to root out the terrorists. According to Fox News, “the operation involved 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles launched from the USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea. Officials told Fox News that B-1 bombers, F-16 and F-18 fighters, and Predator drones were also used. The F-18s flew missions off the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. ”

Obama has made it clear in his plans for combating ISIS, saying “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.”

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