CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been almost 24 hours since the U.S. and its allies first launched airstrikes on ISIS militants in Syria.
Throughout the night Monday and into Tuesday, U.S. forces used fighter jets, bombers, and tomahawk missiles to destroy ISIS headquarters, training facilities, and weapons storage sites.
The airstrikes came with a warning, and with support. “We were joined in this action by our friends and partners: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar.”
The airstrikes were mostly symbolic, a show of U.S. strength, but after recent ISIS videos showing the barbaric beheadings of American and British journalists, some fear the repercussions.
Maurice Taylor|of Holyoke said, “There’s going to be fear and panic because people don’t know what’s really going on. We can bomb them back to the Stone Age. Is that going to do anything?”
Many lawmakers and Americans believe these airstrikes will help, but defeating ISIS depends on what happens next on the ground. It’s that plan that hasn’t been laid out yet.
According to Vijay Prashad, a professor of International Studies at Trinity College, “You can bomb as much from the sky as you want. What you create sometimes is chaos. In chaos grows groups like al Qaeda. We saw that in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, and we’ll see it in Syria again.”
President Obama said Tuesday morning this is not America’s fight alone. More than 40 nations have offered to help defeat ISIS, from training Iraqi and Syrian opposition forces on the ground, to stopping the flow of militants and money throughout the region.
“We’re going to do what’s necessary to take the fight to this terrorist group: for the security of the country, the region, and the entire world,” said the President.