Airstrikes against IS may reach Syria: U.S. official


ARA News 

U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, issued a statement on Thursday saying that the American air strikes against extremists of the Islamic State (IS) “may not be restricted to Iraq”. 

Rhodes stated to NRP that several American hostages are held by IS militants in Syria. 

“We don’t rule anything out when it comes to the protection of Americans and the disruption of terrorist plotting against the United States,” President Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor said. “So we would not restrict ourselves by geographic boundaries when it comes to the core mission of U.S. foreign policy, which is the protection of our people.” 

Obama administration didn’t make a decision yet to take additional action against IS strongholds in Syria, but such a decision is not ruled out according to Rhodes. 

United States sent special forces to Syria weeks ago to look into the possibility of rescuing American hostages held by the Islamic State (IS), and al-Qaeda offshoot, but the mission reportedly failed. 


Source: ARA News, Agencies 

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