- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
President Obama said U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic militants in Syria overnight demonstrated that America will fight the terrorist group anywhere it operates.
“We’re going to do what’s necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group,” Mr. Obama said in a statement on the South Lawn of the White House.
He said a U.S.-Arab coalition that carried out the air strikes, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia, shows that “this is not America’s fight alone.”

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 70 Islamic State militants were killed about 300 were injured in the air attacks by U.S.-led coalition.
Ret. Col. Jack Jacobs, a military analyst, said on MSNBC that the air strikes will be “not effective over the long term” without ground troops to follow up on the attacks.