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Military families fear the pull of Iraq and Syria

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 02:48

War-weary residents of Fayetteville, North Carolina - home to Ft. Bragg Army Base – worry the escalating conflict against Islamic State will draw their loved ones back into harm’s way in the Middle East.

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New airstrikes in the Middle East in new questions in one military town. People around the US army's largest base wondering what it means for their lives. I'm Danny Sullivan in Fayetteville, North Carolina where thirteen years of war affected everybody in one way or another. Troops stationed at nearby Fort Bragg have been deployed over and over to combat zones since 2001. Children I've spoken to talk about how their fathers have men at home to help them celebrate their birthdays -- cheer them on a soccer games. I've been here for several days in nearly everybody I spoke to wondered whether this latest conflict might pull their loved ones away yet again. High school senior Victoria Wilson's father first deployed to Iraq when she was six years old. And again six years after that. It -- in me because. At this point and I I did I would my dad play in Baghdad especially those and me. -- you know he's not as soon as he used to be that he would tour and terrorism is scary thing and the last thing I think -- -- like your dad in combat was having. Possibility of being injured or possibly even dying. Remember in 2003. Many thought the invasion of Iraq would be wrapped up quickly instead we didn't withdraw until when he eleven. That -- thousands of families here were split apart for up to eighteen months at a time. Some wonder whether this latest mission will make a difference Jillian McCarthy is spent much of the past thirteen years raising two daughters -- own. While her husband -- six tours overseas. You can go -- you can actually fix the situation. And it be solved OK but it if if you know it's -- Lincoln before. You know it's. Limited. And we knock him down a little bit to come back knocking down to come back. You know I don't I don't know if it's winnable. Others I talked to say that even though the US troops badly need arrest after years of combat. Obama's promise to keep them out of the conflict is only compromising the effort further. Jim Lynch is an army special operations veteran who now works as a contractor training bomb sniffing dogs for the military. What we do right first time. We're talked. At military soldiers get right the first time but our government cannot get it right the first time that put the simplest outfitters and poured out get it right. Which neutralize the threat take her business and not have to worry about it again. Right now 5000 troops from Fort Bragg are currently fighting in Afghanistan. And members of the elite special forces may already be on the ground in Iraq. After thirteen years it looks like the war isn't ending any time for people who made them.

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Military families fear the pull of Iraq and Syria

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 - 02:48