In a brief statement from the White House President Obama declared a united American front in the fight against ISIS militants.
"The strong bipartisan support in Congress for this new training effort shows the world that Americans are united," Obama said. "I want to thank members of congress for the speed and seriousness with which they approached this urgent issue—in keeping with the bipartisanship that is the hallmark of American foreign policy at its best."
Obama called the program a "key element" of his strategy to combat ISIS, supporting non-American boots on the ground "so that they can help push back these terrorists."
The president also hailed the growing international coalition of "more than 40 countries, including Arab nations" – singling out France, which announced today that it would join the U.S. in conducting airstrikes in Iraq.