By Martin Matishak - 08/13/14 05:11 PM EDT
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday said the international community must work with the U.S. to drive back the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“The United States is not the only country on earth with an air force,” Sanders said in a brief statement.
He added that while he supports President Obama’s decision to launch humanitarian campaign in Iraq, “the U.S. should not have to act alone militarily in this crisis,” calling the Islamic group a “danger to the entire region and to the world.”
His comments came less than an hour after U.S. Central Command announced it had carried out another air operation against an ISIS target.
At approximately 12:20 p.m. ET, a drone destroyed an armed vehicle west of the village of Sinjar, “located with the vicinity” of an ISIS checkpoint, according to a press release.
Sanders's statement echoes that of former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, who last weekend said the White House must internationalize the military response against the group.
The president last week approved launched airstrikes against ISIS and ordered humanitarian airdrops to help displaced Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar, after ISIS threatened to capture the Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq.
On Wednesday, the Pentagon said it had sent 129 U.S. troops to Iraq this week, bringing the total number there to around 1,000.