President Obama is sending 475 additional troops to supplement 1,000 of the troops who are already there. He called on Congress to approve a program that would train rebels both fighting the Assad regime in Syria and IS (the Islamic State) also known as ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Obama also authorized airstrikes in Syria against these militants. These decisions, revealed on the prime-time address to the nation on the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, would deepen U.S. involvement in the Middle East. The president also announced a U.S. led coalition, which includes NATO nations, like Germany and France, and allied Arabs states, countries such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia, against ISIS. However, this coalition is not fully formed. Secretary of State John Kerry, will be traveling to Saudi Arabia to attend the Gulf Corporation Council, which included countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, to drum up support for President Obama’s plan. Intelligence officials maintain that they haven’t received a credible threat of a U.S attack but state that IS threatens peace and U.S interest in the Middle East. Obama is the 4th consecutive president to call for military action in Iraq.
Contributor: Laissa Alexis