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OBAMA: Americans should give thanks for service members who took part in airstrikes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- During brief comments made Tuesday morning, President Obama praised the actions of the U.S. military members who were involved in airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria last night.

"Today, the American people give thanks for the extraordinary service of our men in uniform," the President stated from the White House lawn.

He added that he told Americans that he planned to strike ISIS with a coalition of other nations, and said that, "that's exactly what we've done," pointing out that representatives of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar all took part.

In an ominous moment, the President stated that actions were taken last night to disrupt a terrorist plot against the United States. He said he went to Congress and received bipartisan support for his actions.

Meanwhile, not everyone is applauding the airstrikes. According to the Associated Press, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved or coordinated with Syria's government.

Meeting Tuesday with several news editors on the first day of the United Nations General Assembly gathering of world leaders, Rouhani stressed that Iran condemns the Islamic State group for trampling on human rights and torturing and killing civilians. He says Iran stands ready to help fight terrorism.

Rouhani said the U.S. policy is confused because it simultaneously opposes the militants while also trying to undermine the government of Syria's President Bashar Assad.

"This is clearly nebulous and ambiguous at best," he said. "This is a very confusing behavior and policy."

Nighttime raids began Monday on Islamic State militants in Syria.

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