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Dearborn — Fed up with acts of terrorism in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, nearly a hundred local Arab-Americans gathered Friday to protest.

Imam Husham Al-Husainy, director of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center in Dearborn, led the nearly two-hour demonstration in front of the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn.

"They are killing our innocent people," Al-Husainy said. "They are destroying our artifacts."

The protest follows the destruction of ancient Iraq artifacts and shrines last week by ISIS in the northern city of Mosul.

"They destroy everything in the city. The mosque. Everything," said Hisham Shaker, a 51-year-old Dearborn resident who came to the United States from Iraq more than 25 years ago. "We don't know what's going to happen. It's out of control."

Shaker was among the mostly male protesters who chanted, "No more ISIS in Iraq" and "Stop the terrorists in Iraq." Protesters also carried signs that read "Christian-Islamic Unity Against Terrorism" and "Support Iraq Against Terrorism."

Riyadh Musa, 46, of Westland waved United States and Iraqi flags.

"We want there to be peace for all the world," he said.

The Islamic State uses brutal tactics in the Middle East, including beheadings, mass shootings and torture. It has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria and recruited mostly from the Mideast and Europe.

"They think by terrorizing people they can control them, by planting fear they will submit to them," said Hyder Haddad, Michigan chairman of Global Alliance for Terminating Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

The United States has led airstrikes against the militants. Demonstrators Friday said they wanted more United States involvement.

"Where is the big brother?" Al-Husainy said. "Where is the U.S.?"

During Friday's demonstration, Mutar Al-Murayani, 48, of Melvindale, held a poster showing the faces of about 20 men he said were killed at the hands of ISIS.

"There are too many people being killed for no reason," he said.

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