Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WAR ON ISIS - U.S. and Arab Partnership

"U.S. and Arab partners begin air war against Islamic State in Syria – Part 1" PBS NewsHour 9/23/2014


JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  The air war against Islamic State forces has now moved into Syria.  Bombs and missiles rained down on targets there overnight.  Another group was also hit to avert a possible attack on the United States itself.

In all, the more than 200 airstrikes included bombing from U.S. carrier-based aircraft, as well as sorties from regional Arab nations, plus nearly 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from U.S. Navy vessels, all aimed at more than a dozen locations across Northern Syria.

They included Islamic State training camps and other facilities in Raqqa and also in Hasakah, Deir el-Zour, and hard by the Iraq border at Abu Kamal.

As he left the White House this morning, President Obama said the aerial assault made a vital point.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  We were joined in this action by our friends and partners — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar.  The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Separately, on its own, the U.S. hit a group called Khorasan, an organization of veteran al-Qaida operatives.  Eight airstrikes hit near Aleppo, where the Khorasan militants are linked with the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s principal Syria franchise.

Pentagon leaders said the strikes were successful.  The top operations officer for the Joint Chiefs, Lieutenant General William Mayville, said the Aleppo attacks aimed to disrupt an active plot.

"How do airstrikes on Islamic State complicate the war in Syria? – Part 3" PBS NewsHour 9/23/2014


SUMMARY:  Judy Woodruff gets analysis of how the airstrikes will complicate an already complicated war in Syria from Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma and retired Col. Derek Harvey of the University of South Florida.

No comments: