More U.S. troops will deploy to Iraq, Chaldean Americans fearful

More U.S. troops will deploy to Iraq, Chaldean Americans fearful

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(WJBK) - Militants continue their push toward Baghdad. After horrific violence took place over the weekend, video and pictures on social media show insurgents holding captured Iraqi soldiers at gunpoint and executing them. We're told Iraqi forces are fighting back.

The United Nations moved 58 staff members out of Baghdad because of growing security concerns. Members of our local Chaldean community are equally worried.

President Barack Obama announced Monday evening up to 275 U.S. military troops will deploy to Iraq.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Christians are uncertain about the future of their homeland or what's in store for loved ones there as the militants move toward Baghdad.

"They've been responsible for some crucifixions; they beheaded some priests; they've been responsible for raping people, even nuns, I mean, to the extreme. They're as bad as they come when you talk about evil," says Martin Manna.

He is president of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. He plans to travel to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with the state department and members of Congress to urge the U.S. to get involved.

Sunday night, the terror group claimed another Iraqi city.

"Their whole plan is to rule much of the Middle East and to dominate as part of the Sunni extremism. ... The form of radical Islam that is being spread is only breeding more terrorists and so we have to stop it now," says Manna.

The U.S. has already moved another warship into the Persian Gulf and Secretary of State John Kerry says drone air strikes could be an option. Working with Iran to stop the extremists is also being considered.

Metro Detroit has the largest Chaldean population outside the Middle East, about 130,000 people. Almost all have family and friends in Iraq or ties there, including an engineer from Sterling Heights who tells Fox 2's Robin Schwartz he believes the U.S. should not intervene.

"We've lost a lot of Americans there, over four, five thousand people to do this, and we go there, we're going to lose more and for who [sic]?" says Raad Kashat. He was born in Iraq and moved to the U.S. in 1978. His biggest fear is that countless innocent people will be slaughtered as this holy war unfolds.

"What I see happening there is Al Qaeda alive again in Iraq instead of Afghanistan," Kashat says.

Stay with Fox 2 as this tense situation continues to develop.

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