Local veterans and terror experts watching Iraq closely

New threat in Iraq. (Photo/NBC)
New threat in Iraq. (Photo/NBC)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Local terror experts are watching the turmoil in Iraq with keen eyes.

What if the United States gets involved in the warring factions battling over regions in Iraq?

Markets are vulnerable if the crisis deepens and experts say oil prices will be higher, at least in the short term.

Wright State professor, Dr. Vaughn Shannon, believes we cannot afford for Al Quaeda to become more powerful.

“Until somebody solves it, it will continue and America wanted out and we are out, so you can stay out of an area that you care about long term,” said Dr. Shannon. “I don’t think we can afford to let Iraq fall to that.”

Dr. Shannon thinks the U.S. will aid Iraq against the Sunni insurgents with airstrikes, not with troops on the ground.

As for veterans’ reaction, some are not surprised by the new uprising.

“Progress was made, but from what I saw, it’s a no hope situation, said retired Sr. Airman Jon Granata.

Granata was deployed to the Middle East twice. he received two Iraqi campaign medals. He says the separations within the Iraqi Al Quaeda community led to a lot of infighting.

“Everything going on now is not surprising. Once we pulled out, we knew it would get bad and it’s still bad.”

Granata does not want the U. S. to use troops to quell the new violence in Iraq and that any decision to send our military to defend that country isn’t fair.

“A lot of us thought we were there for the wrong reasons in the first place and now that we have to consider and with what’s going on with the news, a lot of my friends are nervous again. No one wants to go back there.”






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