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Situation In Iraq "No Surprise" To Local U.S. Vet

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The rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq is no surprise to Jay Walker.

Walker served for nearly two years as a Sergeant First Class during the early years of the war in Iraq. He helped train new Iraqi soldiers after the Pentagon disbanded the existing Iraqi Army.

Walker says most of Iraq’s reconstituted rank-and-file troops had little experience and even less commitment.

“The general recruits, like what you’re seeing run, pretty much most of the soldiers were that way.”

He is angered by news that an Islamist terrorist organization is now reclaiming ground that American forces once conquered and held.

“Makes us pretty mad," he said. "Anybody I served with, I’m getting emails from other people that – we’ve been over there and lost friends. And it’s hard. It pisses us off.”

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