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End of Iraq combat: Through the eyes of a soldier

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Tuesday night we sat down with Sergeant Jadyn Root of the Bravo Company 1-133rd. He spent 18 months in Iraq and says Tuesday's speech reinforced everything every soldier has ever done there.

"It really seemed surreal that it was finally over," Root said after watching the final group of soldiers withdraw from Iraq 10 days ago.

"It just seemed like it was never going to end. And it was just really a proud moment I think," Root said.

Root was called to serve in Iraq as a gunner when he was age 19.
"During the war we did a great job of trying to reduce the amount of combat that was happening," Root said.

Tuesday night, as he watched President Obama speak to the nation about pulling out of Iraq, he was pleased.

"He kind of gave the country an idea of what his plan was for he future of Iraq. Justified his reasons for pulling out," Root said.

More importantly, he took the time to recognized those who have served.

"Which I think is a big deal to the troops with ending our mission in Iraq and it's something that we really appreciate from the President," Root said.

While Root is happy the war is over, he also recognizes that there is still work to be done.

"Now we definitely still do need people though, to help the Iraq establish their government and just help the country along its way. It's a long way from being over as President Obama said tonight," Root said.

Now 24, Root is grateful to have served in a war that's now over.

"And so that really gives you a lot of pride," Root said.

Root's fellow company is training in Mississippi right now, before they deploy to Afghanistan. His current job involves staying back here in Dubuque to work with families of those who are deployed. You can watch a message to his company on our website.

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