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Maine veteran speaks about the crisis in Iraq

GORHAM (WGME) -- The president is sending hundreds of military advisers to Iraq to help forces there "take the fight" to the Sunni insurgents wreaking havoc.

CBS 13 spoke with a Maine veteran who served in Iraq when the war was first starting. Air force veteran, Todd Armstrong of Gorham says he spent 8 months in 2003.

Armstrong says they tried to create stability during the U-S occupation but wonders now if they left too soon."It seems like it might have been a little premature. It's a little disheartening to see all the work that we put into that just going down the drain at this point," said Armstrong.

He says the Iraqis welcomed them and their protection.

"The Iraqi people, when I was over there, they were glad to see us. They didn't like the regime that was there and we were a breath of fresh air and now that we're gone, there's nobody there to protect them. I don't know if its our job to protect them or not but that's what we did when we were there."

He says he's not sure if just sending military advisers will be enough and says in the end there may be boots on the ground once again. While he'd rather no one have to put themselves in harm's way, the greater evil would be allowing Iraq to descend into full scale civil war.