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Iraqi-Americans react to events back home

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 01:29

June 14 - Iraqi natives living in Virginia worry about the violence sweeping across the northern part of their homeland. Mana Rabiee reports.

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At the Al-Nidawi house in Charlottesville, Virginia, the news is difficult to watch. The family left their native Iraq five years ago to escape the violence. But this latest violence gripping the country, as Sunni extremists take over entire population centers, is especially frightening. SOUNDBITE: IRAQI VIRGINIA RESIDENT ZOUZEK AL-NIDAWI SAYING: "These people are more extremist, highly trained and they could maneuver and hit in different places. That's what the people are afraid of." Al-Nidawi says he fought extremist groups back home. So President Obama's decision NOT to send in U.S. troops doesn't sit well. SOUNDBTIE: IRAQI VIRGINIA RESIDENT ZOUZEK AL-NIDAWI SAYING: "I don't know what the terrorist will do next for him to wake up, because these people are not going to stop." Another Iraqi native, also in Virginia, says some of his countrymen blame the government back home for not doing enough. SOUNDBITE: IRAQI RESIDENT OF VIRGINIA, HAIDEL AL HAFIDH, SAYING: "I see the sadness in their eyes because it's like sometimes we feel no hope, but we still have it. We just try to breathe in the end." An offensive last week by ISIL insurgents threatens to break Iraq apart. Their break neck advance towards Baghdad slowed down a bit on Saturday, as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks. Meanwhile, the U.S. is sending an aircraft carrier into the area, just in case Washington decides to pursue a military option.

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Iraqi-Americans react to events back home

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 01:29