Obama Authorizes First Syria Air Strikes [VIDEO]:
President Obama outlined a multi-phase plan for combating ISIS, saying the United States would lead a “broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.” He said he was authorizing U.S. air strikes in Syria for the first time, and that the U.S. effort in Iraq would expand. The president repeatedly stressed the move would not be like the long ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. While the U.S. will send 475 service members to Iraq, they will “not have a combat mission,” but rather, provide intelligence, training, and equipment. “We will not be dragged into another ground war,” said Obama. “We cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves.” Already, France has agreed to support airstrikes and Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide a base for training.