Western Mass. opinion mixed on Iraq airstrikes

Two F-A18 fighter jets dropped 500 pound bombs in northern Iraq

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Not everyone in Western Massachusetts is behind President Obama’s most recent decision.

The president sent airstrikes aimed at ISIS artillery units that was sheltering Kurdish militants who were near the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil in Iraq. These strikes were meant to protect Americans in the region and other Iraqi natives.

Two F-A18 fighter jets dropped 500 pound bombs in northern Iraq. And now many residents throughout Western Massachusetts have mixed reviews about President Obama’s decision.

One resident from Belchertown told 22News, “I am worried that it could lead to more, and I feel like we’re never going to get out of these little wars we keep starting or becoming involved in all over the mid-east.”

Others agree with the president’s decision. Kate Silverstein of Amherst told 22News, “I fully support our president in his willingness to go and finish what we started in Iraq.”

President Obama made an announcement from the White House a day after the strikes, saying that any U-S military involvement in Iraq is still going to take some time.

He said that the airstrikes have destroyed arms and equipment that could have been used against Irbil, and that humanitarian efforts would continue to airdrop food and water to stranded refugees in the region.

Whether they were officials or citizens, the president said he would take action in order to protect any Americans in this situation.

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