Brown and Portman react to coalition airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria “makes it clear to the world this is not America’s fight alone.”

In remarks made Tuesday morning, Obama says the joint fight against the Islamic State will take time but is vital to the security of the United States, the Mideast and the world.

The U.S.-Arab airstrikes Monday night targeted the group’s headquarters in eastern Syria.

Obama say the U.S. is “proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in conducting the strikes.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio), commented on the airstrikes Tuesday.

“These targeted airstrikes are an important step toward our ultimate goal of degrading and defeating the terrorist group known as ISIS,” Portman stated. “I’ve been calling on the President to take action and now that the U.S. is moving forward with a military plan, it’s crucial that we have the resolve to see it through to the end. Our brave servicemen and women are in our thoughts and prayers as they carry out the U.S. mission to defeat ISIS.”

Sen. Brown said ISIL is a clear threat to U.S. and its partners in the region and is encouraged that the President assembled a coalition.

“A coalition that includes a number of Arab allies including Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. However, military action in Syria requires a full and thorough debate in Congress. I look forward to continuing the debate to discuss not only military actions, but also plans to address the underlying social, economic, and political factors that contribute to the growth of extremist organizations such as ISIL,” Brown said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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