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  • In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, Nick Popaditch, a Republican congressional candidate in the California's 53rd District, poses for a photo showing his Marine Corps insignia in his right eye in La Mesa, Calif. Popaditch, who was injured in Iraq on April 7, 2004, says, "...if the bad guys come back into control, that's not something I can control 8,000 miles away here. I'm just proud of the fact that when it came time to stand and fight for those things, those concepts of freedom, liberty, human rights ... I'm glad my nation did it." (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Reversals in hard-won Iraqi city vex veterans

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Shirley Parrello knows that her youngest boy believed in his mission in Iraq. But as she watches Iraqi government forces try to retake the hard-won city of Fallujah from al-Qaida-linked fighters, she can't help wondering if it was worth Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Parrello's sacrifice.

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