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A former U.S. ambassador to Iraq says U.S. airstrikes may be needed in Iraq.  (Source: CNN) A former U.S. ambassador to Iraq says U.S. airstrikes may be needed in Iraq. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) - It’s a win for the Iraqi government.

Iraqi military forces say they have taken back the northern Iraqi city of Al-Awja from the Islamic militant group ISIS.

Still, ISIS controls large swaths of the country and seems to have the momentum.

The fight raises the question: Could the U.S. have done something differently, even after troops left in 2011, to prevent what has happened in Iraq?

Ryan Crocker, who was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, says it's time for the U.S. to re-engage, and that should include airstrikes.

“I learned maybe two lessons during almost 40 years in the Middle East. The first is be careful what you get into. Interventions can have 30th and 40th order unintended consequences,” he said. “The second thing I learned is be even more careful what you get out of because disengagement can have graver results than engagement in the first place. I would argue that we didn't do either very well in Iraq.”

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the U.S. role in Iraq could grow beyond supplying military advisers if U.S. interests are threatened.

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