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Iraq Humanitarian Crisis Is Personal In San Diego


Mark Arabo, Lifelong El Cajon resident and Chaldean-American.

Bob Montgomery, with the International Rescue Committee IRC — a group that's worked to resettle Iraqi refugees and immigrants.

Colin Archipley, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Anbar province as part of his three tours in Iraq.


Sunni insurgents continue to move toward Iraq's capital.

Their latest takeover is the northwestern city of Tal Afar. The members of the group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, apparently conducted their first wholesale execution of Iraqi soldiers in the city of Tikrit this weekend.

San Diego County is home to nearly 80,000 Iraqis and thousands of veterans of Operation Iraqi freedom — two groups with a lot at stake in the future of Iraq.

On KPBS Midday Edition we heard from a spokesman for San Diego's Chaldean community about their concerns for the Iraqi people and what they are asking the U.S. government to do in response to the humanitarian crisis.

And we heard from an Iraq war veteran about why the takeover by ISIS in Iraq is frustrating.

Marine Corps vet Colin Archpley said the U.S. military gave Iraqis free elections and stability, but it was up to the Iraqis to maintain that and they squandered it.

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