President Barack Obama’s Statement on ISIL

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.12.53President Barack Obama Tuesday morning addressed the nation on the previous night’s airstrikes against ISIL in Syria.

“Last night on my orders America’s armed forces began strikes against ISIL targets in Syria,” the president said in his opening from the South Lawn. “Today, the American people gives thanks for the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform.”

“We were joined in this action by our friends and partners. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar,” said Obama. “America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security. The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.”

The president’s remarks lasted less than 5 minutes and he took no questions from press. After his closing, he returned to the White House, not immediately departing for United Nations meetings in New York.

Following the president’s remarks will be an 11am briefing on US operations in Syria from the Pentagon.

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