President Obama outlined Wednesday the U.S. strategy to combat an Islamic militant group that has swept through Iraq and Syria in recent months, killing hundreds of civilians and two American journalists.
"If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven," the president said during a prime-time address to the nation.
Obama has previously said that the U.S. will "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. On Wednesday night, he laid out the specifics of the plan to do so, putting the U.S. on the offensive.
"This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground," Obama said, using a different acronym to refer to the group. That campaign includes ISIS targets in Syria, he said.
"I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are," the president said.
The U.S. will also increase its support of Syrian rebels fighting ISIS in that country, providing training, arms, and equipment. The U.S. will work with a number of nations, Obama said, which could provide airstrike campaigns of their own, as well as training, arms, intelligence, and humanitarian assistance. On Wednesday night, Saudi Arabian officials said they would provide bases to train moderate Syrian opposition fighters per a request by the U.S., The New York Times reported.