— Domani Spero
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— The Economist (@TheEconomist) September 22, 2014
Before you know it, this fellow on Twitter live-tweeted the strikes :
Breaking: Huge explosions shook the city in what might be the beginning of US airstrikes on ISIS HQs in Raqqa — Abdulkader Hariri (@3bdUlkaed6r) September 23, 2014
The Pentagon soon confirmed the air strikes:
US military & partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles. — Rear Adm. John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) September 23, 2014
Here is the official statement
Here’s a YouTube video of the ISIL strike:
The new coalition of the willing includes five Arab countries: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar:
Despite all the skepticism about his coalition, a real feat for Obama: 5 Arab countries sent warplanes to Syria. http://t.co/zoKPtCrOhI
— Craig Whitlock (@CraigMWhitlock) September 23, 2014
The five Arab countries and their planes:
Arab role in US coalition thus far: Jordan: 4 F15s, Saudi/UAE: 4 F16s, Bahrain: 2 F16s, Qatar: 2 Mirage 2000s that did not drop ordinance
— Daniel Nisman (@DannyNis) September 23, 2014
President Obama’s statement on the Syria bombing:
[WH] President Obama Delivers a Statement on Airstrikes in Syria: President Barack Obama delivers a… http://t.co/Aei6LLmOLm
— US Government News (@USGovNews) September 23, 2014
Here is the congressional notification:
New: Obama War Powers Resolution letter on last night’s strikes pic.twitter.com/3aIkj0Uv6t
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 23, 2014
Still “no boots on the ground!?”
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) September 23, 2014
How much will all this cost?
— The Hill (@thehill) September 22, 2014
Did Congress say/do anything?
Reminder: Congress opted to go home for 2 months vs. debate/vote on war authorization (http://t.co/IFSHyeWwNf). Now we’re in it.
— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) September 23, 2014
How about those war predictions?
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) September 24, 2014
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As of this writing, the State Department has not announced any new Travel Warning for Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain or Qatar. The last Worldwide Caution notice was published on April 10, 2014.
One post out of the five Arab countries in the coalition, the US Embassy in Jordan, has issued a Security Message noting the coalition strikes against ISIL targets and the likely increased of police presence at public and diplomatic buildings throughout the country.
The only other post in the area to issue a Security Message citing “regional events” is the US Embassy in Lebanon. Embassy Beirut advises U.S. citizens that coalition airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria have begun and notes an increased in kidnappings in northern and eastern Lebanon. Both embassies say that there is no specific threat against U.S. citizens in their respected countries but caution citizens to exercise security awareness and maintain a heightened level of vigilance.
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- US military, partner nations conduct airstrikes against ISIL in Syria (dvidshub.net)
- U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIS Targets in Syria (gawker.com)
- US joined by its allies in strikes against ISIL; did not take Syria’s permission for air-strikes: Barack Obama (dnaindia.com)
- Arab countries offer to carry out airstrikes against Isil (thetimes.co.uk)
- US Confirms Airstrikes Launched Against ISIL In Syria (eurasiareview.com)
- U.S. launches air-strike campaign against ISIS in Syria (fortune.com)