GOP lawmaker: 'Very odd red line' to help only Yazidis in Iraq

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) on Sunday criticized the Obama administration for taking military action to help members of the Yazidi religious sect but not in response to the broader crisis in Iraq.

Turner, chairman of an Armed Services subcommittee, called it a "very odd red line" to use airstrikes against ISIS militants threatening Yazidis but not against those threatening the rest of Iraq.

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"Instead of when ISIS was establishing a stronghold with major infrastructure, threatening Baghdad, mass killings, tens of thousands of refugees, the administration took action only when it was a humanitarian issue," he said.

The U.S. has struck against ISIS forces threatening a mountain with trapped Yazidis, as well as those threatening the Kurdish city of Erbil, but has not struck forces in other areas of Iraq or Syria. 

Turner did not call directly for any new U.S. military actions. He did say ISIS was a threat to the United States.

"Certainly this president needs to make the case and I think his policies should reflect it, that this is not just a threat to a stable Iraq, this is a threat to our national security," Turner said.