Clarksville community weighs in on end of Iraq War - WSMV Channel 4

Clarksville community weighs in on end of Iraq War

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

In the past nine years, Fort Campbell has lost more than 220 troops to the war in Iraq.

Now that the Iraq War has formally ended, does the Clarksville community believe it was the best time to withdraw?

"I think Iraq is where they need to be to begin their initiative to become their own democracy for their people versus where they were before," said a soldier's girlfriend, Janal Montagna.

"I'm pretty excited for Iraq itself," said Austin Peay student Mateen Sidiq. "It's going to be independent. That's going to be a good thing for them and a great thing for us."

"I would definitely say it was good for the American public and the view of America," said Grant Thomson, a soldier who served in Iraq. "As far as the world is concerned, people can see that we actually will do what we say."

Others in Clarksville disagree, saying they don't think it's the right long-term decision to bring all the troops home now.

"Because of the amount of unrest and the instability of the government in Iraq, I just fear that they're going to be invaded by Iran or another country," Lynn Morton said. "They'll be right back in the situation they were eight, ten, twelve years ago."

In a community where a tribute to the troops is at every corner, most agree they're glad to see soldiers reunited with their families for Christmas.

"It's a good day," said Tim Glim, a soldier who served in Iraq. "A lot of people are coming home, which is good for businesses like mine and the local economy. After nine years, to see us get out of there, that's a good feeling."

Officials told Channel 4 there are no Fort Campbell troops left in Iraq. 150 troops in Kuwait will be arriving home later this month.

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