Kurdish activists rally in defense of Yazidi (also known as Ezidi) people living in Shingal, outside the White House in Washington, August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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The growing influence of ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria is a threat to Americans, lawmakers from both political parties agreed Sunday even as they sharply disagreed on what role the U.S. should play in trying to crush them.The congressmen and others, meanwhile, have raised questions as to why a series of atrocities and human rights violations in ISIS in Syria have gone unaddressed by Washington, after President Barack Obama last week approved limited airstrikes against ISIS fighters in Iraq.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the militants threaten not just Iraqis but also Americans. A breakdown in talks between Washington and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that would have allowed U.S. troops to remain in Iraq collapsed in 2008, and Obama withdrew troops in 2011 after eight years of war.Graham and Cardin spoke to "Fox News Sunday".As for Syria, Republican Senator John McCain Saturday said Washington's limited military action against ISIS in northern Iraq showed a "fundamental misunderstanding of the threat," and called for strikes against the group's positions in Syria, The New York Times reported.
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