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Fall Of Fallujah, ‘A Tough Pill To Swallow’ For US Veterans

The fall of Fallujah, the city the US fought so hard to free, has been a tough thing to witness for veterans and family members of those killed.

The soldiers that risked their lives fighting for the Anbar province strategic city are questioning what they were fighting for nearly 10 years ago, in 2004.

The battle for control of Fallujah was one of the most brutal combat operations for US Marines, who had to fight militants for days in street to street combat.

However, after all the blood, sweat, and tears, al-Qaeda flags once again fly over the city after sweeping attacks last week.

The fall of Fallujah is one of many examples of how the situation has deteriorated in Iraq two years after the US pulled out all its forces.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow, This administration has decided Iraq is not important.” said David Bellavia, a retired Marine staff sergeant who earned the Silver Star for his role in the battle for Fallujah.

Several Republican lawmakers make the argument that the fall of Fallujah happened because President Barack Obama didn’t push hard enough to keep some US troops in Iraq.

Duncan Hunter, a veteran of Fallujah who served with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment says:

“I think the overwhelming feeling is anger. The administration let our victories count for nothing.”

The battle for Fallujah was a turning point in the Iraq War, one which helped ensure US control of Anbar province and the stabilization of the country.

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