By Scott Buttram
WASHINGTON — At 8:48 p.m. the United States Department of Defense released a statement from Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby announcing that airstrikes were under way in Syria where the U.S. is joined by coalition forces.
The statement read as follows.
“I can confirm that U.S. 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.”
“Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time. The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate.”