Seattle Iraqis plan protest Monday morning



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Posted on June 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 7:16 AM

SEATTLE -- Seattle's Iraqi refugee community plans to hold a protest near the old Downtown Federal Building Monday morning, voicing anger at the growing violence taking place in their native country and pleading with the White House to take action.

At the Almahdi Center of Seattle in White Center, a group of Iraqi men who fled to the United States during the first Gulf Wars expressed mutual concern.

"Those people are very aggressive.  They're terrorists," said Hussein Al-Shamary about the militant group 'Isis', which is carving a murderous path through Iraq.

"I think the U.S. should step in, with certain conditions," he continued.

Majid Al-Bahadli, who came to the U.S. in the mid-90s, believes the government has a responsibility to help a democracy it helped create.

"There's a lot of wolves and lions and people, they want to hurt the baby.  Neighbor countries," explained Al-Bahadli of Iraq's young government, "Americans say, 'Oh, it has nothing to do with me.'  Yes, but you have to keep feeding this baby."

He then suggested the crimes committed by 'Isis' are succeeding at unifying Iraq.

"(Isis is) not Muslim," said Al-Bahadli, "They have nothing to do with Islam.  They're a group of thugs."

Both men plan to attend Monday morning's rally at the old Federal Building in Downtown Seattle.  It is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.