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Local Veterans Weigh in on The Crisis in Iraq

Updated: 06/13/2014 7:11 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 7:08 PM KAALtv.com
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- The collapse of Iraq's army is circulating a lot of discussion of poor leadership and a lack of morale that experts say has been going down hill since American advisors left the country in 2011.

"The media has really hit up on it, even though it's been happening since we've been out of Iraq," said Scott Metcalf, who was among one of the longest staying units in Iraq. He also says his son helped train Iraqi forces and says it was difficult forming a solid and consistent morale.

"He said when you trained them, they wanted the money, the gun, and the uniform, and then once they were done with the schooling they were gone," said Metcalf.

Some local veterans were right there when U.S. troops left. Josh Anderson was one of the last to leave Iraq after witnessing the training of its soldiers.

"We got glimpses of the Iraqi Army and they didn't look too trained honestly to tell you the truth," he said.

Some Iraq soldiers seemed ill-prepared for the invasion in Tikrit and Mosul this week. As militants captured the country's second largest city, soldiers scattered.

"They just left and tried to go south for freedom, so it's kind of hard to say what really happened, whether it was the morale or that they just didn't want to fight with their own people," said Metcalf.

The invasions by Sunni radical extremists remain a shock, not only because of the area that's covered, but also because of the time frame that it was accomplished.  

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