Nightly News | January 06, 2014
>>> in iraq , more than 32,000 came home wounded and so many will bear the scars of that war for the rest of their lives. u.s. fighting forces are gone from iraq , but as so many predicted when president bush chose to go to war there after 9/11, the fighting has started up again. we all learned about the city of fallujah during the war. well, now there are reports that al- qaeda forces may have seized control of that city will threatening another. our report on all of it tonight from nbc's ayman mohyeldin.
>> reporter: in broad daylight on the streets of fallujah , fighters linked to al- qaeda boldly hold their weapons, warning they will punish anyone who sides with iraq 's shiite-dominated government. for days, government forces have been fighting the sunni militants, killing them in forces as they flee in terror, not far from fallujah , they are taking up position to fight against the militants who now control much of the city. fallujah , the same city u.s. troops fought and died to control in 2004 . seven years after that battle, the last u.s. combat troops left iraq .
>> this is an historic moment. a war is ending, a new day is upon us .
>> reporter: but some warned the u.s. withdrawal left a security vacuum.
>> the united states shed great blood and treasure to secure iraq . to basically get rid of al- qaeda . and almost now, two years, al- qaeda is back.
>> reporter: back and gaining momentum. the u.s. says it won't be sending in troops again.
>> this is their fight, but we're going to help them in their fight.
>> reporter: help in the form of military hardware, drones and missiles.
>> we're accelerating our military help as early as this spring.
>> reporter: hopefully that will be enough to turn the tide. now, the conflict is not just about the battle inside iraq , this is obviously really focused on the conflict in neighboring syria , and what happens in syria is already spilling into neighboring countries such as lebanon and turkey. and at the core of it are two regional major powers , iran and syria , and we're seeing them fighting in many areas in this neighborhood.
>> ayman mohyeldin, back from the field, appreciate it as always.