HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - President Obama addressed the country Tuesday morning just hours after a U.S. led coalition began airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria.
The President confirmed the strikes began last night and named some members of what he has previously called a "broad coalition."
"We were joined in this action by our friends and partners Saudia Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar," the President said.
"The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not Americas fight alone. Above all, the people and governments ion the Middle East are rejecting ISIL and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the region and the world deserve," he continued.
He went on to say that the US also took action against an Al Qaeda group known as The Khorasan Group which was actively planning an attack on American soil.
Both the House and Senate passed bi-partisan legislation last week that both funded the military operations and approved Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels. Those rebels expected to continue the fight against the terror organization that calls itself the Islamic State.
“America is always stronger when we stand united. That unity sends a powerful message to the world that we will do what’s necessary to defend our country," said the President.
This is expected to only be the first round of strikes against ISIS, as the President says the fight will likely be a long one.
"Over 40 nations have offered to help in this comprehensive effort to confront this terrorist threat to take out terrorist targets, to train and equip Iraqi and Syrian opposition fighters who are going up against ISIL on the ground, to cut off ISIL's financing, to counter it's hateful ideology, and to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region."