WASHINGTON, DC — It’s time to hunt down ISIS in Iraq and Syria and wipe the terrorist group out. That’s the word from President Obama Wednesday night in a nationally televised address — on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq,” the President strongly warned. “This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”
The president’s plan includes targeted airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Syria. He also announced sending in 475 additional service members to help train Iraqi security forces and provide intelligence, but he insists they will not be on a combat mission.
“We will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment.”
ISIS controls large portions of Iraq and Syria. In the Sunni militants efforts to create a “caliphate” or Islamic State, it has left a trail of brutality.
It has slaughtered men, women and children. Among the victims — two U.S. journalists.
“Our own security depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for,” President Obama said.