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Crisis in Iraq hits home for local vet

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FARGO, N.D. -- Sunni Arab militants continue to gain group recently taking control of Iraq's second largest city. As militants push towards Baghdad, Valley News Live spoke to a local veteran who served in Iraq to hear how this touches home.

Eight years ago, Kerry Buckle called Iraq home. Medical Platoon Sergeant Buckle was stationed near Fallujah and Ramadi, Iraq. His unit served the longest duration during the Iraq war, nearly 17 months!

"We went there to liberate the country, we did our job," Karry Buckle told Valley News Live. "And yes, it's frustrating to see it going back to what it was before. We came in, we preformed our mission and we left. We did the best we could."

Buckle says the sectarian violence had calmed by the time he left. His platoon worked with the locals to bring peace to the region and taught military training to Iraqi soldiers so they could protect their country. The land Buckle help built with blood, sweat and tears is now conquered by Sunni Arab militants.  

"I'm proud of the guys that were over there," said Buckle. "I mean, for the guys that we served it wasn't a waste. You know, who lost their lives and some my personal friends. I lost some people that I knew. I don't think it was a waste."

And now, Buckle's told us it's time for the U.S. to take a back seat. Asking troops to go back and clean the area up again, would be very difficult.

"Obama's got a tough task in front of him to bring peace to that," said Buckle. "I don't think it's his responsibility, it's really the Arabs world's responsibility to make this a peaceful place again. We can't be the sheriff of the world forever."

Buckle believes the Iraq government will need to figure out a solution and predicts the country will split apart into three different factions: the Kurds, Shi'ite's and Sunnis.
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