Militant fighters have taken over much of Northern Iraq, and are closing in on the capital city of Baghdad. On Friday, President Barack Obama said he's weighing a wide range of options to assist security forces. But he says it will not involve sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.
For the people whose loved ones lost life and limb in Iraq, the latest violence there is a tough pill to swallow. Some of those families we spoke with say it's frustrating and sickening that as the U.S continues to take troops out of Iraq, the Iraqi forces aren't able to fight off these militants making their way to the capital. But they still believe their loved ones fought the good fight.
Kathie King's brother, Col. Stephen Scott of St. Charles County, was killed at the U.S embassy in Baghdad in 2008.
"No words had to be said when you opened the door and seen who was there. But he was doing what he wanted to do, and what he knew was right, and what he lived his whole life doing," King said.
Chip Shaffer's son, Chas, lost his leg in an IED explosion. He says his son is wondering how they failed.
"These kids that fought this war feel now that they've done something wrong. But they didn't. They did their job," said Shaffer.
Militant forces work towards the capital, and the country is on the verge of Civil War, but both say the troops did all they could do.
"I think when the Iraqi government said they could handle it, we should have gotten out of there. And we did. Now they're asking for help again...come on. How many times do we have to do this?" Shaffer said.
Six years after her brother's death, Kathie King says it's heartbreaking to watch Iraq crumble. But while we watch it unfold, she says his death was not in vain.
"There's been six long years that the Iraqi people have probably lived better than they ever have," said King.
NewsChannel 5 spoke with one other parent whose son was killed in 2007. She says we shouldn't have been there in the first place, and we should have made sure it was more secure before we pulled out.