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Some notes (mostly gathered from CNN and Fox News):

Neither the White House, nor our Arab partners, have announced just what our Arab partners contributed. I expect all or nearly all of the air strikes were actually made by U.S. forces.

The air strikes in Syria targeted ISIL, but also the Khorasan Group (a group I had not heard of), which is supposed to be one of the Al Qaeda splinters in Syria that was planning to attack the U.S. or U.S. interests. They also targeted the Nusra Front, which is the big Al Qaeda group in Syria.

After the air strikes began, a Syrian fighter jet entered Israeli air space and was shot down by the Patriot air defense system.

In addition to lacking domestic authorization for war, as I wrote in my tweets last night, the President failed to secure international authorization for war in Syria. The latter is less important to me than the former, but it was, once upon a time, pretty important to Democrats that wars be justified under international law. Indeed, Obama went to great lengths to see that the UN would sign off on his Libyan misadventure.

The administration has announced that the air strikes in Syria will continue as local ground forces attempt to push back ISIL.


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