Northland Veteran reacts to crisis in Iraq

By KBJR News 1

June 12, 2014 Updated Jun 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- After an eight year war between the U-S and Iraq, troops are watching what they fought for and what more than four thousand troops died for fall apart before their very eyes.

A surge of violence after Al Qaeda forces have nearly taken over the capital has raised eyebrows in the nation.

But as one Northland Veteran says the fight was not for nothing.

"It was kind of nerve wrecking, every once in a while. We drove trucks and searched for I.E.D's," says Iraq War Veteran Ryan Gapske .

25-year-old Ryan Gapske would spend his nights out searching for roadside bombs, serving his country in "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in 20-10 alongside his band of brothers.

"You're with a brotherhood and all of those guys, you're just sticking together like glue and nothing can break you apart,' says Gapske.

Now everything U-S troops have fought so hard to stabilize in Iraq is unraveling as Islamic militants force their way into the nation.

President Obama spoke Thursday about possible U-S military intervention.

"To hear that this violence is starting up again, it makes you feel like maybe there is more we could have done and it's hard to say that there's more because you know soldiers go over there and give the ultimate price, their life you know, and there's nothing more you can give as a soldier , but I think that maybe our government could have instilled a little bit more of a plan," says Gapske.

The extreme violence even has some soldiers questioning what they fought for, but for Gapske that is not the case.

"I don't feel like I fought for nothing, you know, but I always feel like there's more that I could do," says Gapske.

Gapske is officially out of the military, but says if he had to go back to Iraq, he would.

Iraq has asked for U-S air assistance

President Obama has said he will not rule anything out when it comes to a U-S response

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com