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Local Iraqi-Americans hold protest, call for U.S. to send troops back to Iraq

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Iraqi-Americans staged a protest asking the United States to return to Iraq and keep their government from collapsing.

The protesters say without U.S. intervention, all the gains achieved by the U.S. in Iraq will be washed away.

A veteran FOX 10 spoke to didn't have much enthusiasm for Americans going back.

Protesters gathered across from Phoenix City Hall, chanting in Arabic, asking for the United States to take military action against militants trying to overthrow Iraq's government.

Protest leader Steven Ishak translated one of their signs. "I am Iraqi, no to sectarianism, Iraq is diverse, we have Sunnis, Shias, Christians, Turkmen, we have everything in Iraq."

Those gathered warned that if American's don't return, Iraq will fall to a group even worse than Al-Qaeda.

"This group is bloody, this group is tremendously violent, and this will signal an era that is not good, it will signal the dark days in Iraq," said Ishak.

FOX 10 asked veterans who were in downtown Phoenix if they thought it would be wise for the U.S. to return to Iraq.

Craig Thompson is one of those veterans, he served in the United States Air Force in the middle east.

"I have heard talking about airstrikes, sending more troops, but are we going to put it on our credit card, how are we going to pay for this also," said Thompson.

A woman at the demonstration pleaded for U.S. help saying Iraq is on the brink.

"We have to stop killing people, cutting the head off of terrorism effects not just Iraq but the whole world," said the unidentified woman.

The Iraq War cost America thousands of lives, Iraq a great many more than that, and it cost the United States taxpayers over a trillion dollars.
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