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Leaving Iraq 9 years later

“The “end of days,” as soldiers were calling it, started at Contingency Operating Base Adder in southern Iraq. The base was the main staging ground for all U.S. troops exiting the country, and it was the last U.S. base to close.

There were a lot of lasts at COB Adder: the last signing ceremony, formally handing the last base over to the Iraqi government, the last briefing, the last patrol, the last hot meal.

The final convoy from the base left Iraq and crossed the border into Kuwait at dawn Sunday.”

NPR – Full Story Here

Timeline: The U.S. and the war in Iraq – “The withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq in December 2011 marks the end of a nearly nine-year conflict that saw the ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein and the death of more than 4,000 U.S. troops. Iraq now has an elected government and the level of violence is down, but the country still faces an uncertain future.”

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