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Iraq War veteran not surprised by Sunni insurgency

UNO Political Science Professor, Dr. Michael Huelshoff UNO Political Science Professor, Dr. Michael Huelshoff

After days of violent advances by the militant group ISIS, Iraqi cities seem to be falling one by one.

"They have made alliances with Sunnis who have not been fairly represented in the otherwise democratic process in Iraq and they've decided to take up arms. Indications are that they've planned this for some time," says Dr. Michael Huelshoff.

UNO Political Science Professor, Dr. Michael Huelshoff says he believes U.S. involvement will continue to ramp up mostly with air strikes.

"They've moved a carrier into the gulf there, so they have access close to hand. We also have air bases in the region which will allow for strikes to happen as well. There's also been some talk between the United States and the Iranians," says Dr. Huelshoff.

In recent days, Iran has sent hundreds of troops to fight alongside Iraqi Government security forces.

Baghdad is also being threatened by the militants advance.

Meanwhile, some embassy staff members are being temporarily moved elsewhere to more stable places.

Vanessa Ferriol is an Iraq War veteran and says she isn't surprised by what's happening there today.

"It's a different kind of government needed in Iraq and I'm not sure if we put the right kind of governance in place," says Ferriol.

Ferriol was there for one of the most symbolic images from the Iraq War in 2003, when the U.S. military pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein.

She says this time around, in deciding how much the U.S. should get involved, the President has a tough decision to make.

"Frankly, I'm not sure the American people can stomach more boots on the ground because we've been at it for a decade and nobody wants to see that. At the same time, is it our mess to pick up and is it an unavoidable thing that is going to happen," says Ferriol.

Still it's very unlikely American ground troops will be deployed this time. Air strikes, though, are likely and the situation is become more hostile every day.

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