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U.S. military contractor in Iraq: 'The people are tired of fighting'

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Michael Dunkin is a retired veteran training  the Iraqi army on the U.S. weapons they have purchased. (Source: Dunkin) Michael Dunkin is a retired veteran training the Iraqi army on the U.S. weapons they have purchased. (Source: Dunkin)
IRAQ (WAFF) -

A Tennessee Valley military contractor is in the middle of the current crisis in Iraq.

The Associated Press reports that the United States is deploying up to 275 military troops to Iraq to protect the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in that country.

Michael Dunkin is a 1988 graduate of Arab High School who currently lives in Madison County. The 20-year veteran is retired, but is in the Middle East now, training the Iraqi army on the U.S. weapons they have purchased.

Despite limitations on outside communications in place by the Iraqi government, we spoke with him via Skype.

"They really need some help over here," Dunkin said. "I think if the Prime Minister here would step down, or do the right thing and start incorporating the Sunni, Shiites and Kurds, and working with them to prevent this civil war that's about to break out, they would make some progress.

Dunkin said the people there are tired of the fighting and just want a better life.

"Their government's not caring for them," he said.

Dunkin said the Iraqi military is still fighting – it's the leaders, he said, who took off their uniforms and ran, and the soldiers are having a hard time filling those leadership roles.

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