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    US launches first airstrikes in Syria

    Monday, September 22 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-09-23 02:44:02 GMT
    The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees. 
    The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees. 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - U.S. Airstrikes targeted the Islamic State Militants or ISIS for the first time Monday night. Five Arab nations have also joined America in the fight.

A retired Navy captain in San Diego told CBS News 8 to disband ISIS this campaign has to go all out and the U.S. needs to keep quiet about its strategy.

“ISIS declared war on us well OK get it done,” said retired Navy Captain Joe DeNigro.

The Pentagon spokesperson would not give specifics about the mission but did say the military is launching fighter aircraft, bombers and Tomahawk missiles from bases in the Persian Gulf.

“You do whatever you can to annihilate the enemy just as the enemy would do to you,” said DeNigro.

There are at least 20 ISIS targets including ISIS headquarters and training and supply facilities.

DeNigro says the only way for ISIS to win is if those on Capitol Hill get in the way.

“Politics will stop us from going on all out. The finger on the pulse of the American voter will keep us from going all out and I think that is what ISIS is counting on,” said DeNigro.

CBS News 8 spoke to Syrian American Council in San Diego who says the group is hopeful. Members wished this would have happened years ago but is relieved to see the U.S. fighting ISIS in their native country.

The airstrikes started Monday night around 5:30 p.m. CT.

This comes as President Obama heads to New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

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