Iraq Native In Lincoln Fears For His Homeland


LINCOLN, Neb. "I am Yezidi in religion but Iraq is my soul," Basim Alali said.

Basim Alali moved to Lincoln three years ago because he wanted to escape the oppression and terror he felt in Iraq. It was a move he says ensured his safety. He's found his place in Lincoln in a tight knit Yezidi community.

But Alali still has family and friends who live in Iraq, specifically in Mosul, it's second largest city. It has now been taken over by Sunnee fighters, known as the "Islamic State In Iraq and Syria."

Sunnee fighters who are attempting to take control of parts of Iraq as they push towards the country's capital: Baghdad.

As the Iraqi Government looks to protect its capital city, there is mounting pressure on the Untied States to give help.

But, President Barack Obama addressed the nation on Friday, June 13th and explained that while he understands that these extremists could pose as possible threats to America, he is not planning to send US troops back to Iraq.

"The United States is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they're prepared to work together," said President Obama.

President Obama's decision is hard for Alali to hear because he tells 10/11 that U.S. intervention could not only save lives but he also thinks the U.S. is better equipped to fight.

"I hope that the President and Obama stand again - for our country and our people," said Alali.

Alali stays in contact with his family and friends and he also says he watches the television every day, staying up-to-date with everything happening. But for this local Iraqi, every day gets more difficult as he watches his home country take steps back from where it once was.


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