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Obama on Ordering Airstrikes: US Will Do ‘What’s Necessary’ to Fight to ISIS

By JM Rieger and Steven T. Dennis

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During a Tuesday speech on airstrikes launched against the terrorist organization ISIS, President Barack Obama touted bipartisan congressional support and said the United States will do “what’s necessary to take this fight to this terrorist group.” “I’ve spoken to leaders in Congress, and I’m pleased that there’s bipartisan support for the actions that we’re taking,” Obama said before heading to New York for meetings at the United Nations. “America’s always stronger when we stand united, and that unity sends a powerful message to the world that we will do what’s necessary to defend our country.” Obama touted the Arab coalition that joined in the strikes — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar — while also pointing to the vote Congress took to support Syrian opposition forces that oppose ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State.