Local Iraqis Gathered to Support The Iraqi Army and Families

4 years 2 weeks 5 days ago Friday, June 27 2014 Jun 27, 2014 Friday, June 27, 2014 7:20:00 PM CDT June 27, 2014 in News
By: Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A group of Iraqi citizens living in Columbia planned a demonstration in front of city hall Friday night.

The group gathered in support of the Iraqi Army and their families still living in Iraq. The group said it wanted support from the American government in its fight against a terrorist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

The Iraqis at the demonstration said they are not against new U.S. military action in Iraq if it becomes necessary. However, Ali Sultan, a demonstrator and Ph.D. student,  said the Columbia Iraqis believe the Iraqi Army could defeat ISIS on its own.  In order for the Iraqi Army to defeat ISIS, one of the demonstrators said the U.S. government needs to support Iraq's government by sending it weapons, aircrafts, and other logistical supplies.

Amged Alezzi, another demonstrator, said waiting for the religious leaders in Iraq to gather under one parliment will likely never happen.  He said the U.S. needs to support Iraq now, before the fighting and killing gets any worse.  He said it was as likely for the religious groups to gather under one governmental system as "John Boehner is to join the Democratic Party."

However, Alezzi said the people of Iraq are very peaceful with each other, unlike their leaders.  The demonstrators said they tried to prove this through their gathering.  The group was made up of several different backgrounds, including Shiite and Sunni.

Sultan said the conflict between Sunni and Shiite has been blown out of proportion. He said he and his wife are of different religions of Islam, along with his uncle and his uncle's wife.

The Columbia Iraqis' message is simple: brotherhood. They said they were demonstrating unity between all the different people of Iraq.

"We are Iraqi people against any terrorists and any sectarianism," said Sultan. "We as an Iraqi people will stay united, we are brothers as we used to be, and we are still united."

Sultan said the conflict in Iraq is between the people of Iraq and terrorists. He said the terrorists have no religion because terrorism itself has no religion.

The demonstrators all live in the Columbia area. The group has no official name, and said it is simply Iraqi people in Columbia.

More News

Grid
List
BOONE COUNTY – Expecting mothers in Boone County will soon have more services at their disposal. The county received... More >>
29 minutes ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a proposed energy transmission project through northern Missouri, got new life... More >>
46 minutes ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:59:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Nineteen agencies received more than $115,000 in grant money Tuesday from the United Way of Central Missouri.... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:56:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some people may notice their trash laying out on the curb for longer than usual on Tuesday. ... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - A car chase which started in Cole County on Tuesday ended in Columbia with two arrests. ... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:22:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The group fighting a ballot measure that would make Missouri a right-to-work state has outraised its... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:17:30 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say two planes carrying more than 250 passengers made emergency landings at Kansas City International... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:11:34 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police records related to the shooting death of Rovon Blocker suggest the incident appeared to be accidental. ... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:39:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Three Fulton men are in custody after being charged with stealing and drug offenses, in connection to... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:01:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - A judge sentenced a man convicted of a dozen sex crimes, some involving children, to sixty years in... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:05:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:30:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:14:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – City council approved two public hearings in August to discuss possible increases to the property tax and sewer... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:46:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees in his... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:03:27 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to rename the Columbia post office located on Walnut... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:51:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Family, friends and law enforcement continue to search Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area for Jerry Kinman. ... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 6:00:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's U.S. senators are standing by the intelligence community's conclusion that the Russians interfered in the... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 5:10:30 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A man who was fatally shot after wounding three Kansas City police officers during a gunfight... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, July 16 2018 Jul 16, 2018 Monday, July 16, 2018 3:30:00 PM CDT July 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
3pm 91°
4pm 91°
5pm 88°
6pm 86°