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Rebel forces threaten to drive Iraq to the brink of a bloody civil war. A terrorist group named Isis has taken control of that country's major cities and it's next target is the capital, Baghdad.

The unrest in Iraq has The White House worried and has upset many veterans who served in that war.

This is just what the critics had feared. Once American troops completely left Iraq in December of 2011, less than three years later Iraq, the cradle of civilization, is on the brink of violent chaos.

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The Sunni Jihadists are storming major cities as reports of murders and people fleeing for safety are starting to surface. President Barack Obama believes this unrest is a problem for the Iraqi government, its people and army to solve after U.S. taxpayers spent $17 billion to train them.
 
For Southaven, Miss., Alderman and Iraqi War veteran Willie Brooks, news of that fragile democracy threatened by terrorist is particularly painful. Brooks was injured in Iraq while on active duty in the Mississippi National Guard.

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An IED exploded while on patrol and Brooks lost both his legs. He says this is foreign policy dilemma for the president is an emotional quagmire for him.

"I don't want to shed another drop of American blood," Brooks said. "At some point the Iraqis have to help themselves. On the other end of the spectrum I think of the 27 guys in my brigade who lost their lives and I think to myself was it all worth it. I don't want that to be in vain."

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