Although the President says he won't send troop, he has authorized
military airstrikes in the area.
In the Tri-State local Iraqis worry about friends and family who
may be caught in the crossfire.
Like many other Iraqis in the U.S., Ahmed Fahad is working to
improve his education. He's a Ph.D candidate at the University of Cincinnati
and once he graduates he plans to return home.
Right now he says news coming out of Iraq makes it hard to
concentrate on his studies.
"Killing people savagely, you know, just killing. Killing, cutting
off heads, eating body organs, cooking heads. What kind of craziness is this
and you want me to have a clear mind to do my research in this," says Fahad,
who expressed concern over friends and family in areas hit with heavy violence.
Fahad says he usually contacts his friends through social media
but some of those accounts are now inactive which makes him fear the worst.
"I very much feel that anytime I hear that a friend of mine or a
family member is no longer alive which is something hovering in my head. How
could I stand living here with this in mind."
Without intervention and humanitarian aid, Fahad says he believes
the crisis would be worse.
Fahad is expected to return to Iraq after he graduates in 2017.
Where he plans to teach English.
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