The United States and allies launched airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria early Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs from the air and sea on the militants’ de facto capital of Raqqa and along the porous Iraq border.
American fighter jets and armed Predator and Reaper drones, flying alongside warplanes from several Arab allies, struck a broad array of targets in territory controlled by the militants, known as the Islamic State. American defense officials said the targets included weapons supplies, depots, barracks and buildings the militants use for command and control. Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from United States Navy ships in the region.
The strikes are a major turning point in President Obama’s war against the Islamic State and open up a risky new stage of the American military campaign. Until now, the administration had bombed Islamic State targets only in Iraq, and had suggested it would be weeks if not months before the start of a bombing campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria.
Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates took part in the strikes, American officials said, although the Arab governments were not expected to announce their participation until later Tuesday. The new coalition’s makeup is significant because the United States was able to recruit Sunni governments to take action against the Sunni militants of the Islamic State. The operation also unites the squabbling states of the Persian Gulf.
The strikes came less than two weeks after Mr. Obama announced in an address to the nation that he was authorizing an expansion of the military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Unlike American strikes in Iraq over the past month, which have been small-bore bombings of mostly individual Islamic State targets — patrol boats and trucks — the salvo on Tuesday in Syria was the beginning of what was expected to be a sustained, hourslong bombardment at targets in the militant headquarters in Raqqa and on the border.
The strikes began after years of debate within the Obama administration about whether the United States should intervene militarily or should avoid another entanglement in a complex war in the Middle East. But the Islamic State controls a broad swath of land across both Iraq and Syria.
Defense officials said the goal of the air campaign was to deprive the Islamic State of the safe havens it enjoys in Syria. The administration’s ultimate goal, as set forth in the address Mr. Obama delivered on Sept. 10, is to recruit a global coalition to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the militants, even as Mr. Obama warned that “eradicating a cancer” like the Islamic State was a long-term challenge that would put some American troops at risk."
— The New York Times, "Airstrikes by U.S. and Allies Hit ISIS Targets in Syria" (via inothernews)
Fans of the team say they were misled after being confronted by activists on a yet-to-air show.
this article is trying SO HARD to be supportive of the ignorant turds who think that using a racial slur as a team name is ‘honoring them’ but oh man, no amount of spin doctoring can make these people not look racist and entitled
especially this lady, who takes the whiny white person award for the day:
“This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that’s not what happened,” said Kelli O’Dell, 56… “It was disingenuous. The Native Americans accused me of things that were so wrong. I felt indanger.I didn’t consent to that. I am going to be defamed.”
apparently being called on racist horseshit is now ‘being defamed’ hahaha ok but then it gets better
O’Dell said she felt trapped. “I was told that I was ‘psychologically damaging Native American children,’ and every time we tried to say something, we got cut off,” she said.
god forbid that the actual native people get talking priority in this discussion oh no how threatening. it’s almost as threatening as a racial slur that started as a slang word for a trophy kept for murdering your racial group oh wait
O’Dell said she e-mailed Polidoro asking that her consent waiver be destroyed, but he wrote back saying: “…we can’t destroy any releases & we have consent to air everything we shot.”
Two days later, O’Dell said she called D.C. police and tried to submit a police report, but authorities told her no crime had been committed.
help 911 I fucked up and signed a waiver giving a tv studio permission to put my racist bullshit on blast
I want to watch this so bad
i’m so excited for this omg
This is absolutely fantastic.
A fucking farse like I haven’t seen ever in real life. Damn.
what the hell is going on here
a good time