A Southern California man who came to the US from Iraq 1980 is growing increasingly worried about his family and friends at home as the battle between the military and militants continues.
"There is no trust anymore," said attorney Michael Sasaty, who fears for his loved ones in the line of fire. "Fanatics fight very well because they don't have anything to lose. They are going to heaven they think."
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The Sun Valley resident told NBC4 during an interview that problems in Iraq begin with leadership.
"There is fear from every group that the other group is going to control and hurt. We have these very ambitious leaders that want to control everything," he said."
"I hear news today they are saying they are going to bomb every church is Mosul. Where are the Christians going to go?"
One of Sasaty's biggest fears is that the country will be divided.
"We are very weak if we divide and we are very strong if we stay together," he said.
What happens next, according to Sasaty, will depend on if people can come together
"Politics has created a lot of friction between people," he said. "They must understand they have a problem, and that this problem cannot be swept under a rug."