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Crisis in Iraq, Local Reaction

As the White House developed plans to combat a growing insurgency in Iraq, some military veterans who fought in the Iraq War spoke out about it."

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has been moving towards Baghdad for weeks.
They've already captured major cities, including Mosul, the second largest in the country, and Tikrit, important for its proximity to major oil fields.
Michael White, a retired Air Force veteran, served two tours in Iraq.
He thinks the draw down in 2011 was the beginning of the problem.

"We were setting ground, we had the ball rolling. We had total control. As far as starting a pullout? Way premature in my opinion. I think that we didn't completely do what we needed to do," said White.

White said keeping forces in Iraq might've helped prevent what's happening now.

"That's not a ten years fix. That's why if we had maintained a presence over there, and a lot of people don't like that, but if we would've maintained a presence over there, we could've at least kept it in check and in control," said White.

The White House said no troops will be involved in combat in Iraq.
White says watching insurgents take back cities liberated in the war has been painful.

"Is that all for naught? I mean, for all of us to go over there and make those sacrifices, and then to watch it all melt away in a week, two weeks. That's what, really, you know, feels like a good kick in the teeth to me," said White   

White said he doesn't know what the solution is, but hopes that the sacrifices made by his comrades won't be in vain.

"We're talking about men and women that they, they gave their all, and I just don't want it to be called wasted. And I'm sure a lot of people are probably thinking that way."

As many as 600 American troops could be placed in Iraq in a support role.