With al-Qaida flag fluttering over hard-won Fallujah, some questioning whether losses in vain

  • by: ALLEN G. BREED , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 4:10 PM

SAN DIEGO — 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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