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Phoenix demonstration calls for U.S. intervention in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters deploy with their weapons while chanting slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), to help the military, which defends the capital in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014. The tribal leaders met in Sadr city on Friday and declared their readiness along with their tribesmen to take up arms against the al-Qaida inspired group that had in Iraq's made advance Sunni heartland.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

PHOENIX -- Demonstrators gathered in downtown Phoenix on Friday to call for American support in Iraq.

As the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad is threatened with being overrun by advancing Sunni insurgents, just a few short years after the United States returned control to the Iraqi government, fellow countrymen and women in Phoenix are calling for U.S. intervention.

"I want to see the peace come back to my country," said Mohammed Al-Jamili, one of the demonstrators.

Al-Jamili said about 50 people showed up carrying signs, chanting and marching down Washington Street to the Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse building. They are asking for American assistance in combating the terrorist advances.

"What was the reason that the United States Army came to Iraq? To see a better country, to let the dictator go, so right now we have another problem (and) it's terrorism," Al-Jamili said. "Sure Saddam Hussein is gone, but someone else came...and probably we cannot face that alone."

Al-Jamili said he and fellow demonstrators expect to hold more gatherings to continue to show support for their country and call for U.S. aid in the coming weeks.

About the Author

A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.


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