COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's the speech many have been waiting for. President Obama addressed the nation tonight, September 10, in a rare prime-time address unveiling his strategy for dealing with the terrorist group ISIS.
The president says the U.S. will conduct airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, as well as seek help from allies.
"We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIS in Syria, as well as Iraq," explains Obama.
The president's plan includes targeted airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Syria.
He addressed the urgency of military action by breaking down the organization's growing influence.
"Our own security depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for," says Obama.
The president was careful to say this military strategy would be unlike war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He announced he will send 475 additional service members to help train Iraqi security forces and provide intelligence, but he insists they will not be on a combat mission.
"This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIS wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground," says Obama.