President Barack Obama addresses campaign in Syria
Rear Adm. John Kirby said, "Last night's strikes were only the beginning."
He added, "The initial indication is that these strikes were very successful."
Pentagon points to precision
Lt. Gen. William Mayville, director for operations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the strikes in Syria came in three waves, launched between 8:30 a.m. and midnight ET and targeting locations in Northern and Eastern Syria.
Using before-and-after slides, Mayville showed a "communications array" on an ISIS finance center in Raqqa, an ISIS command-and-control building in Raqqa and a residence in al-Bukamal that Mayville said was used for training and logistics.
In the "after" slides, Mayville pointed out that strikes took out each of the targets without causing significant damage to the surrounding area.
Before-and-after images of strikes
Here are a couple of the images Lt. Gen. Bill Mayville referenced in his Pentagon briefing a few moments ago:
And a note from Mayville on civilian casualties...
Rare look at F-22
This is from 2012, but CNN was allowed up-close access to the fighter jet and its capabilities.
Here are U.S. military leaders discussing the strikes in Syria.
Turkish president speaks on strikes
Outside the United Nations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the strikes against ISIS "positive" and said Turkey will do what it can to help in the fight.
Text of President Obama's letter to House Speaker John Boehner re: Syria
Dear Mr. Speaker:
As I have repeatedly reported to the Congress, U.S. Armed Forces continue to conduct operations in a variety of locations against al-Qa'ida and associated forces. In furtherance of these U.S. counterterrorism efforts, on September 22, 2014, at my direction, U.S. military forces began a series of strikes in Syria against elements of al-Qa'ida known as the Khorasan Group. These strikes are necessary to defend the United States and our partners and allies against the threat posed by these elements.
I have directed these actions, which are in the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, pursuant to my constitutional and statutory authority as Commander in Chief (including the authority to carry out Public Law 107-40) and as Chief Executive, as well as my constitutional and statutory authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States. I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.
U.N. chief on Syria
Speaking at a climate summit, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he welcomed "international solidarity" in battling ISIS.
"Confronting terrorist groups operating in Syria requires a multi-faceted approach. Now, this approach should be designed to address the immediate security risks to stop atrocity crimes, and over the longer term, to eliminate the conditions in which these groups take root," he said.
Ban also stressed that while extremist groups pose serious threats to international security, nations taking part in the strikes must respect international law.
"I regret the loss of any civilian lives as a result of strikes against targets in Syria. The parties involved in this campaign must abide by international humanitarian law and take all necessary precautions to avoid and minimize civilian casualties," he said.
U.S. Central Command releases strike videos, Part One
U.S. Central Command releases strike videos, Part Two
U.S. Central Command releases strike videos, Part Three
Syria confirms U.S. warning of airstrikes
In a note to CNN, the Syrian mission to the U.N. said Bashar Ja-afari, the permanent representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, was informed that the U.S. and others intended to conduct strikes in Syria.
Ambassador Samantha Power delivered the message, the mission said.
"Yes, Ambassador Ja'afari was informed in advance by the US Ambassador before launching the airstrikes," the letter says.
Iran denounces strikes
In a meeting with journalists, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that there was no legal basis for the strikes in Syria. There are only two ways the strikes could be legal, he said: Either the U.N. should have authorized them or the Syrian government should have invited the intervention.
Here's some additional information on the Khorasan Group
Asked aboard Air Force One if the Arab partners assisting the U.S. and others in their campaign against ISIS in Syria was a one-time thing or something that would continue, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, "I think you will continue to see this coalition work together in Syria."
"I think going forward, we’re looking to build this coalition. So insofar as it will change, we will grow a coalition of nations to take different actions. Some nations will take strikes in Syria; some nations will take strikes in Iraq. Some nations will participate in training and equipping of Iraqis, training and equipping of Syrians. Some nations will help us in counter-financing, stopping the flow of foreign fighters."
Refugees flood Turkey
CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the ongoing refugee crisis as Syrians flee their country and ISIS:
Long road ahead
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby tells Christiane Amanpour the air campaign against ISIS may take more than a year.
Key figure reportedly killed
The leader of al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front was killed early Tuesday in U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, according to a statement released by the group. It identified the leader as Abu Yousef al-Turki, also known as "the Turk." The statement posted on Twitter was accompanied by a so-called proof-of-death -- a photograph -- of the former fighter. CNN cannot independently verify al-Nusra's claims, but the monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported the group was among those targeted during the airstrikes. -- From CNN's Ali Younes, Hamdi Alkshahli and Raja Razek
Warning to U.S. law enforcement
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security joint intelligence bulletin is warning law enforcement agencies to be on heightened alert for lone-wolf terror attacks on U.S. soil in wake of the airstrikes against ISIS and others in Syria, a U.S. law enforcement official tells CNN's Pamela Brown
Syrian diplomatic response
Syria's Ambassador to the UN said the United States is too narrowly focused in its approach to dealing with ISIS.
"We advise our American counterparts not to repeat the American fiasco in Iraq by undertaking the same kind of blind military attacks. Combatting terrorism requires having many tracks -- a political track, a military track a diplomatic track. So far Washington has followed only one track,” Bashar Ja'afari told CNN Senior UN Correspondent Richard Roth.
Jordanian pilots spent three hours over Syria
Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Al Momani told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that planes from Jordan hit targets in Syria on Tuesday. The jets were in the air for about three hours, he said.
He told CNN that it was important Arab nations stand up against terrorism.
"What we are saying at this point is that it is important that five Arab nations are coming together collaboratively and declaring that there's a regional effort to stop and fight terrorism in partnership with the United States," he said. "I think this is an important political point to be noticed. I think it sends the right message everywhere that this region had enough of the spread of terrorism and somebody needs to take the right stand and do the right thing."
UAE: Better to take action then not
United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tells Wolf Blitzer this is a battle against extremism.
ISIS issue unifies partners
A senior State Department official told CNN that at a meeting with coalition partners, U.S. President Barack Obama said the ISIS threat unified everyone. There was "strong unanimity" around the table that "the campaign against ISIS was a long-term one, and they were all in it for the long haul," the official said.
"Everyone at the table agreed there are times in the world when you need to take a stand," the official said, adding everyone recognized the region needed to come together. New Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi spoke in the meeting
The State Department official said the United States would be "totally relentless" in its campaign to defeat ISIS.
On the issue of Syria, the official called defeating ISIS a "necessary condition" to end the Syrian civil war. There was wide agreement that until ISIS is degraded, a political solution in Syria is not possible.
The official, however, said because ISIS is a unifying issue and "is such a threat to everyone including Iran, it opens up possibilities" for broader discussions on de-escalating conflicts in the region, including in Syria.
Iraqi PM: Happy that Arab states joined coalition
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that he is happy other nations have recognized the true danger in ISIS.
Source: Obama's speech at UN to focus on building coalition
President Barack Obama will address the overall unease in the world given the new dangers posed by groups like ISIS and Khorasan, the evolving threats they present, and how the global community should stand united to defeat ISIS in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, a senior administration official tells CNN's Jim Acosta.
Much of the president’s speech will focus on continuing to build the international coalition he and his administration have already begun to assemble, the official said.
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