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Obama: Syria Airstrikes on ISIS 'Not America's Fight Alone'

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama said Tuesday morning that airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria is "not America's fight alone," thanking other Arab nations for their help in Monday's military operation.

"America's proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security," he said from the grounds of the White House.

Obama also touted the bipartisan support he has gathered for the airstrikes from both Republicans and Democrats.

"America is always stronger when we stand united," the president said said.

Obama's statements come the morning after the U.S. launched airstrikes against ISIS targets inside Syria.

The Pentagon justified the strikes, saying that they targeted Khorasan, a part of al Qaeda that U.S. military forces reported were in the process of plotting an attack against Western targets.

"We believe they were nearing the execution phase in either Europe or the homeland," Lt. Gen. William Mayville said at a briefing Tuesday morning.

He added, "Strikes like this in the future can we expected."

The U.S. was joined by a coalition of Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. military's Central Command said early Tuesday.

Obama said the U.S. "will do what is necessary to defend our country."

"These terrorists can't find safe haven anywhere," he said.

Up to 20 targets were hit, according to the Pentagon, many of which near the alleged ISIS stronghold of Raqqa.

Obama is headed to New York on Tuesday to address the United Nations. During his visit, he will also meet with representatives of the Arab nations who took part in the airstrikes in Syria, the White House said.

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