The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.
Full Transcript: President Obama’s Address To The Nation On ISIS And Terrorist Threats — September 10th, 2014
“We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.”
Complete transcript of President Obama’s speech outlining his plans for handling the ISIS (ISIL) threat in Iraq and the Middle East.
President Obama will speak to the nation on Wednesday to address the continuing threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell, who returned from a trip to the Middle East, said the U.S. should lead a regional effort to attack ISIS.
The Assyrian American Association of the Bay Area was staging a rally Friday morning at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco to call for urgent humanitarian aide and international military support in Iraq against ISIS militants.
A California man who spoke of wanting to bomb the Los Angeles subway system was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists, federal prosecutors said Monday.
An agreement announced early Saturday by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for Syria to eliminate all its chemical weapons by the middle of next year or face U.N. penalties.
With the majority of Americans – and many in the Bay Area – against the use of force in Syria, President Obama asked them Tuesday evening to have confidence in his judgment as commander in chief if he launches a strike despite their opposition.
President Obama said in a nationally televised address Tuesday evening that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on and be ready to respond” if other measures fail.
U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Monday that she continued to support President Obama’s proposed military strike against Syria. But Feinstein added that she was open to a suggestion by the Russian government to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.
President Barack Obama hasn’t said what he would do if Congress doesn’t authorize his request for a military strike against Syria; but if Bay Area politicians are any indication, the White House may not have the support it wants and needs.