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U.S. air strikes helped break an ISIS siege in Iraq this weekend, but lawmakers are calling for a well-defined policy for dealing with ISIS in Syria. (Source: ISIS/CNN) U.S. air strikes helped break an ISIS siege in Iraq this weekend, but lawmakers are calling for a well-defined policy for dealing with ISIS in Syria. (Source: ISIS/CNN)
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WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - A group of lawmakers have requested the House Armed Services Committee reconvene early and not wait for Congress to return next week.

U.S. air strikes helped break an ISIS siege in Iraq this weekend, but lawmakers are calling for a well-defined policy for dealing with ISIS in Syria.

While some lawmakers demand a well-defined strategy for dealing with ISIS, others say better intel has to come first.

"You just don't rush in because the media is talking about it," Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D - MD, said. "You don't rush in because other countries aren't going to tell us what to do."

"I think the question is are we going to contain ISIS or are we going to crush ISIS, and that's really what it comes down to," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R - IL, said.

The U.S. and France were among countries making late-night drops of humanitarian aid. The people of Amerli - a town of some 20,000 and home to many of Iraq's Shiite Turkmen - had been running low on food and clean water since being surrounded by ISIS militants in mid-June. That siege finally ended this weekend, broken up in part by coordinated U.S. air strikes.

The U.S. hasn't taken the same approach in Syria.

"Iraq's different than Syria," Kinzinger said. "Iraq: we have relationships there. The government wishes us to come in. We have intelligence with the Kurds and the Iraqi military. In Syria, it's a different story."

The latest to question the president's approach to ISIS is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sen. Dianne Feinstein told NBC's Meet the Press, the president was perhaps being "too cautious."

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