Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Military Strikes Bombard Syria: Is America at War with Islamic State?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Military Strikes Bombard Syria: Is America at War with Islamic State?

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The US military moved its bombing campaign into Syria overnight Monday with the goal of destroying Islamic State headquarters and bases. In doing so, has it entered a new war?

The Pentagon's actions overnight certainly look a lot like war, though the Pentagon calls it "military action" or "strikes" against IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

"I can confirm that US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber, and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles," Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary, said in a statement released as the campaign began.

This marks a considerable expansion of US operations against IS, and America's first foray into Syria's raging civil war.

By 6 a.m. the Pentagon was sending out video of a guided-missile cruiser, the USS Philippine Sea - part of the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group - launching waves of Tomahawk "Land-Attack" missiles to bombard IS training camps, fighters, and weapons depots.

The Pentagon's Director of Operations, Lt. Gen. William Mayville, showed reporters before and after pictures of the ISIL Command and Control Center Raqqa, Syria, bombed by stealth F-22 Raptors.

"You are seeing the beginning of a sustained campaign, and strikes like this can be expected in the future," he said.

The idea of this being a war actually came up the day before, when reporters quizzed White House spokesman Josh Earnest. One reporter asked about the cost of the war, and Mr. Earnest didn't challenge the term.

"I haven't heard you use the word 'war,' " the reporter noted to Earnest.

"Yeah, I have - a couple of times," Earnest replied. "But you're raising an important issue."

It is the belief of President Obama "that ISIL has declared war on the broader international community," he said. "And that means that the international community is at war with ISIL and the United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we're at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe. …

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