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Former Marine Bajer: Sad to See Ramadi Fall

By    |   Monday, 25 May 2015 08:36 PM

A former Marine who was in Ramadi when U.S. forces finally took control of the Iraqi city in 2006 tells Newsmax TV he was saddened to see the city fall to Islamic State (ISIS) forces on May 17.

"It's hard to see it because of the sacrifices that we made," Jared Bajer, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal, told "Hard Line" host Ed Berliner.

"We fought hard over there to gain control of that city, and it didn't just happen overnight," Bajer said. "This took years, it took many battalions, and many brave men gave their lives fighting for that city."

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The win wasn't just for America, he said, but to give Ramadi back to the Iraqi people who called it home.

"So it's very sad to see what's happening today, basically as a result of the United States completely pulling out and abandoning what we accomplished there," he said.

Asked if he felt the military had been "used," Bajer answered, "Perhaps politically, but while we were there we accepted the mission and we were really fighting for the guys to our left and to our right."

Political perspectives can change over time, "but we were just doing the mission we were sent to do," he said.

When Bajer first arrived in Ramadi in late 2006, fighting was intense, he said. "It was almost like hell on Earth. It was one of the most dangerous places in the world."

Bajer said his unit was engaged in firefights practically every day, and roadside bombs were everywhere.

"Usually we would go about six days before we could relax," he said, describing a rotation of three days of constant patrolling, "actively hunting the enemy in their neighborhoods," followed by three days as part of a quick reaction force to be called if needed. The following three days would be rest and vehicle maintenance.

Few civilians were on the street during the early days of intense fighting, but toward the end of his deployment people were starting to come out of their homes as life returned to normal, he said.

The Iraqis were happy to see the Americans, he said.

"There was no question that Iraq and the world was a better place without Saddam Hussein in power, and they did express that to us," Bajer said. "They were very thankful and we did as much as we could to help them."

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A former Marine who was in Ramadi when U.S. forces finally took control of the Iraqi city in 2006 tells Newsmax TV he was saddened to see the city fall to Islamic State (ISIS) forces on May 17.
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