Local lawmakers respond to airstrikes in Syria

In this image made from video released by the U.S. Navy on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, missiles bound for Syrian Islamic State group targets are launched off of a U.S. Navy ship. U.S. officials said the airstrikes began around 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 GMT) Monday, and were conducted by the U.S., Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy via AP video)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Congressman Marlin Stutzman and Senator Joe Donnelly are showing President Obama support for successful airstrikes on ISIS in Syria Monday.

The U.S. military said five Arab nations had roles in the attacks, which focused on ISIS’ heartland around the Syrian province of Raqqa. Congressman Marlin Stutzman said airstrikes on the Islamic militants is heading in the right direction to eliminate the group, but doesn’t support arming the Syrian rebels with United States weapons.

“We don’t know who they are,” he said. “We should continue to work with the allies, the five countries that have stepped up.”

He claims there’s a major threat to the United States because of the thousands of visas from ISIS sympathizers who live in the United States and Britain. Stutzman believes airstrikes are good, but it’s not going to be a long term solution for this ongoing problem.

“Pentagon continues to say there’s not going to be any boots on the ground. I don’t see how that’s possible long term,” Stutzman said.

Senator Joe Donnelly released this statement this afternoon:
“ISIS is an extremely violent group that poses a serious, ongoing threat to the Middle East, the U.S. and our allies around the world. I support the targeted airstrikes aimed at combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and I commend our partners in the region for stepping up in the fight against ISIS.”

NewsChannel 15 did reach out to the spokesperson of the 122nd Fighter Wing to see if their mission has changed due to the ongoing ISIS situation and last night’s airstrikes. They’re being deployed next month to that region. He can’t release details, but said airmen will be ready for whatever mission they are asked to carry out.

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