Without a doubt, the Obama administration has now thrust the U.S. military directly into Syria’s civil war.
The Washington Post reports that an array of Islamic State targets in Syria have been hit by U.S. fighter jets and Tomahawk cruise missiles in an aggressive expansion of the war on ISIS that marks a new phase in the conflict.
A Pentagon spokesman said that “partner nation forces” were also involved in the overnight attacks.
Two U.S. defense officials identified the partner nations as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. One official described them as “full participants” in the airstrikes in Syria but did not give further details, saying it was up to those countries to fully disclose their roles.
Qatar also sent military aircraft to play a supporting role but did not carry out strikes, a third U.S. defense official said.
This escalation of America’s involvement in Middle East fighting is certain to raise new questions on Capitol Hill about the extent to which the Obama administration can engage in such direct action without seeking the approval of Congress. It’s also certain to put an end to any claim by members of the administration that the United States is not at war with the Islamic State.
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The Associated Press has just posted a video purporting to show cruise missiles launched from Navy ships and aimed at strategic ISIS targets inside Syria. You can see the footage by clicking on video above.
Here is another report, courtesy of DoD News:
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Image Credit: youtube | The Associated Press
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