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US airstrikes break ISIS seige

US airstrikes have helped break an ISIS siege in Iraq.
The Sunni extremist group had surrounded the town of Amerli.
A US official said a massacre of a minority ethnic group was "imminent."

Sunday officials announced the US had hit ISIS targets near the town of Amerli.

The town of about 20,000 is home to many of Iraq's Shiite Turkmen, an ethnic minority facing massacre from ISIS.

Representative Dutch Ruppersberger said, "we got into Iraq because we had humanitarian issues we had to deal with, and because we have to stop ISIS. It's a very dangerous group of people."

The US also air-dropped humanitarian aid to Amerli; residents have been without power, and faced severe food and water shortages according to the UN.

Following the strikes, Iraqi security forces entered the town and broke the ISIS siege, according to Iraqi state TV.

The US and its allies are concerned about the growing threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the US would raise its terror threat level to "severe."

At home, President Barack Obama is facing criticism that the US doesn't have a plan to combat ISIS in Syria.

Representative Adam Kinzinger says, "we had a year that the president has talked about trying to put together a strategy in Syria. It was unfortunate he used the term 'we have no strategy in Syria.'"

The administration says that plan is still being developed.

Josh Earnest, the White House Press Secretary says, "it would be putting the cart before the horse to talk about what sort of Congressional authorization would be required for a plan that hasn't even been put in place yet."