VIDEO: Obama's statement about strikes against Islamic State

In a brief statement Tuesday, President Obama said he will "do what's necessary" to fight the militants he is targeting with airstrikes in Syria and that he'll do so with the support of regional partners whose coordinated bombing makes it "clear to the world that this is not America's fight alone."

The president's remarks begin at the 37 minute mark below.

For analysis, join Brian Bennett, national security reporter, Patrick McDonnell and Laura King, Middle East correspondents, Lisa Mascaro, congressional reporter,
and Kim Murphy, Assistant Managing Editor, Foreign and National.


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