US President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night that America is going back to war, this time against the global terror group ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known in Arabic as “Da’esh.”

Obama made the announcement in a 15 minute nationally televised address on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11th attack on America by the international Al Qaeda terrorist organization.

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“I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Obama said in his address. “It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil,” he promised.

Nevertheless, the president made it clear that the U.S. would wage a “relentless” military campaign to “degrade and destroy” the terrorist group that beheaded two American journalists, including one with dual Israeli citizenship.

The U.S. will rely heavily on air strikes to get the job done, Obama explained – including air strikes inside Syria, for the very first time. The four-part strategy includes air strikes, support to other forces battling the terrorist organization, counter terrorism efforts to prevent attacks and weaken the group, and continued humanitarian assistance to civilians.

A senior administration official carefully told reporters in a pre-speech briefing that attacks in Syria would be carried out at a ‘time and place of our choosing.” He added that no specific information would be provided to the media, in order not to “telegraph our punches by being specific about the time and nature of the target. We will do that as necessary, as we develop targets and as we continue what is a systematic air campaign that is not going to be restricted by a geographic border that, frankly, has very little meaning anymore, given [the group’s] operations in both Iraq and Syria.”

The official added that the formation of a new Iraqi government was what had allowed the U.S. to expand its support for a war against ISIS. Following the insertion of military advisers into Iraq earlier in the summer, the president said in June that “he would do more when the Iraqi cabinet was appointed. That has now happened and the next phase will be more offensive,” the official said.

The president cited support by what he said were dozens of “coalition” partners to “roll back this terrorist threat” in what will be an open-ended timetable. Several hours before going on the air, Obama authorized Secretary of State John Kerry to allocate $25 million in Foreign Assistance Act funds to train, educate and provide military assistance to the Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional governments in their fight against ISIS. Another 475 U.S. military troops will be sent to the region next week, bringing the total deployed to some 1,600 soldiers thus far.

To date, the U.S. has conducted 153 air strikes against ISIS terrorists in Iraq. The official who briefed journalists prior to the president’s speech said Obama is authorized to move from a humanitarian to offensive campaign against the terrorists without Congressional approval, based on the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress following the 9/11 terror attack by Al Qaeda. The legislation allows the president to use all “necessary and appropriate force” against any entity he believes “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The legislation expires when U.S. forces leave Afghanistan.

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Rachel Levy is a freelance journalist who has written for Jewish publications in New York, New Jersey and Israel.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Ugh, this pResident is clueless. Meanwhile, he wants to arm the Syrian rebels. Who as I’m sure you are aware is Isis. SMH I remember when we were proud to be Americans. That ended for me 6 years ago. There is going to be something bigger or more devistating coming down the pike soon and he’ll use this war as a diversion. It’s how he’s run his pResidency from day 1. Being Muslim himself, there isn’t anything that he will do to harm his Muslim Brothers. Everyone knows that! He’s already informed Congress that he does not need their approval of everything in his plan. He’ll just use an Executive Order again to get what he wants. He should have been arrested and tried for Treason years ago. I don’t understand why the Federal Government is so afraid of him. Oh wait, it just came to me. He’ll allow the USA to be taken over by the Muslim’s. He’ll just expedite the process that has already begun.

  2. Although I’m not a supporter of his, saying Obama is a Muslim just makes you look stupid. You can have any opinion you want, but you’re not allowed to make up facts to back it up. Bush did the same things Obama has done regarding executive orders, etc. Yes, we know, Obama is Black!

  3. I dont trust Syria. They are not our friends and they are evil too. It seemed a little strange to me they were so cooperative. Especially when they said they welcomed the airstrikes but their only request was to let them know when and where this will take place. Really? Are we being played as a fool ? They havent done anything about ISIS and if they wanted them out of their country, they would have had no problem getting them out! Instead it has become the home quarters for these terrorists. We would be stupid to trust anything Syria has to say. ,

  4. Obama’s "we gonna fight ISIL” charade MEANS more weapons for Islamic terrorist.
    [which will be used soon in invasion of Israel]
    Also,
    Obama is using the ISIS to further unite/entangle USA with Islam.

    Congressional passage of the Obama “fight ISIL” plan constitutes
    congressional endorsement of Obama “ISIL is not Islamic” lie
    [and the Bush “Islam is religion of peace” lie].
    Thus
    Congressional passage of the Obama “fight ISIL” plan means greater
    prestige for all Islamist in Obama regime, in American MSM and elsewhere.

    The Obama "fight ISIL" plan is also a bow to Papal influence, in that it came shortly after the pope supported military intervention against such as ISIL/S.

    Obama helped Saudi king to create ISIS enabling him to define ISIS
    as "radical” “not-real” Muslims
    and in contrast
    define most other Islamist which Obama has supported
    as "moderate/benign/good” “real” Muslims,
    and
    call for US alliance with “moderate-good” Muslims to oppose “radical-bad” ISIS.

    Further infect USA with Islam.

    Obama and all who have studied Islam know
    All Muslims are guided by the same two sources of guidance.
    Namely the killing, enslaving, raping, stealing example of Mohammed
    and the hate crime inciting Koran.

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