After Clamor, Homeowner Removes ISIS-Linked Flag

GARWOOD, N.J. (AP) -

A New Jersey man took down a black flag with Arabic letters he’s been flying outside his home for 10 years, after complaints arose about its association with Islamic terrorists who are killing civilians in Iraq and Syria.

But Mark Dunaway, a Muslim, said that the flag basically says the tenets of the Islamic faith and he had never heard complaints before about the flag. He said his flag has nothing to do with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, which has adopted the banner as it fights in Iraq.

“I think it’s not right at this time to be flying that type of flag,” neighbor James McHugh said. “Especially with what’s going on at this time.”

A Garwood police officer told Dunaway of angry tweets about his flag on Wednesday. Dunaway said the officer told him he could keep flying the flag and to call him if he had problems.

Dunaway instead replaced it with an American flag.