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Veteran: Wrong time to put more troops in Iraq

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Henry Hiller, pictured during his 2007 Iraq tour, said a recent military uprising was 'inevitable.' (Source: Hiller) Henry Hiller, pictured during his 2007 Iraq tour, said a recent military uprising was 'inevitable.' (Source: Hiller)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

North Alabama veterans are voicing their opinions after learning that President Obama is weighing a range of options including military airstrikes in response to recent insurgency in Iraq.

One Iraq war veteran said now is not the time to put more boots on the ground.

For Henry Hiller, it's not hard to recall what Iraq was like.

"Your blood is coursing," said Hiller. "There are bullets going down range and coming back at you."

Hiller's tour there ended in late 2007. While he and his fellow Marines did the job they were sent to do, he said this militant uprising was inevitable.

"Now, in a day, they've reversed what we did, what took weeks. That is a tough pill to swallow; that's the hardest part," he said.

Hiller said starting over and sending more troops is a mistake. He said the U.S. has already armed the Iraqi soldiers with weapons and the knowledge to stand alone.

"We've done everything we can except keep it as ours. We don't want to do that. We've got our own beautiful country – let's just stay here for a minute," Hiller said.

"Here" is where Hiller said is home. "It feels like home. It doesn't just feel like you are coming back to the United States. It feels like home," he said.

Thursday, President Obama said that over the past year, the U.S. has been providing the Iraqi government with additional military equipment and intelligence. The White House Press Secretary said that does not mean boots on the ground.

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