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Veterans in Michiana react to situation in Iraq

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David served as a combat veteran in Iraq from 2006 to 2012. He asked us not to use his last name or show his face because he worries about the army's reaction.

"I think we never should have left in the first place," David said "We weren't done. You don't just do a job halfway. You either do all of it, or you don't do it at all."

 His infantry was charged with training members of the Iraq military. A job he says was left unfinished.

 "I think they're afraid," David said. 

 ISIS invaded the city of Mosul with 800 men. Iraqi security forces fled, abandoning vehicles and weapons. Despite outnumbering ISIS by 40 to one.

 "800 people! That's nothing," said David. "Compared to their numbers, they could have easily handled that with minimum causalities, if any at all."

 He thinks U.S. soldiers need to return to Iraq to restore peace, and stay as long as it takes to properly train and equip Iraqi forces.

But Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran Kent Laudeman disagrees.

"Maybe three different states is what is really needed in Iraq," Laudeman said. "Because it seems like they're always going to be quarreling with each other."

 Whatever the solution, one thing is clear. Both veterans feel angry and disillusioned.

"To think that," Laudeman said. "That investing of material and equipment is now used by the ISIS is just, to me, devastating."

"All of those lives that were sacrificed to protect them," David said. "And our own, it just seems like they're wasted. Like we went over there for nothing, and now we have to go back."

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