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Kansas Citians sound off on U.S. involvement in Iraq

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Boots won't be on the ground in Iraq, but President Barack Obama says the U.S. military will continue bombings and air strikes to help hold off Islamic militants who are taking over the country.

Earlier Saturday on the White House lawn, the president addressed the nation and the world, saying he expects the new military action in Iraq to take some time, much longer than just a few weeks.

The Country Club Plaza's a place to find a lot of diverse opinions, and for many people, Iraq is a touchy subject. While some feel the United States shouldn't get involved, others feel that it's up to the American military to contain ISIS.

It's hard to ignore the reigniting tension in Iraq. Doug Tarr served in the Army during the Desert Storm era and took a break from shopping with his friends to weigh in.

"It's probably a good thing to help with as many people as we can on a humanitarian effort," he said.

Tarr said Iraqis need help against ISIS, but that the U.S. is spending too much taxpayer money to continue military operations there.

"I'd like to see some other countries around the world do their fair share. I'm not sure the UN does a very good job of that," he said.

Others, like Ken Page, feel torn.

"It's never a bad thing to help people. It can get you in a lot of trouble in that now you're in a region of the world that's always explosive," Page said.

Amanda Hughey wishes she knew more about ISIS and its crimes against Iraqi civilians, but she said she's not sure bombs are the answer.

"As much as you try to keep it in a centralized area, people that shouldn't be hurt are being hurt," Hughey said.

But Tarr believes an airstrike is the right approach to minimize U.S. casualties.

"Ground troops will not be utilized for this event, and I think that's appreciated," he said.

A June Washington Post poll found that fewer than 45 percent of Americans support air strikes against Sunni extremists in Iraq.

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