KIRKUK, Iraq — Some American veterans of Iraq can’t bear watching the country they fought to secure lost to the forces of ISIS. Incredibly, some are returning to Iraq as volunteer soldiers.
For these former U.S. soldiers it’s a return to a deadly war zone, but this time they’re fighting alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
They’re volunteers in the battle against ISIS, also known as Daesh, who have dug in around the oil-rich region of Kirkuk.
Ohio native Chris Kidd was a Marine sergeant in 2004, and fought in some of the fiercest battles of the Iraq war.
“To watch ISIS try and take over all of Iraq, it felt like it was destroying everything that we worked so hard to get. We didn’t fight and die for nothing.”
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