18 Dec '11, 4am

US forces leave Iraq

US forces leave Iraq

IRAQ-KUWAIT BORDER, Kuwait: The last US forces left Iraq and entered Kuwait Sunday, nearly nine years after launching a divisive war to oust Saddam Hussein, and just as the oil-rich country grapples with renewed political deadlock. The last of roughly 110 vehicles carrying 500-odd troops mostly belonging to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, traversed the border at 7:30 am (0430 GMT), leaving just a couple hundred soldiers at the US embassy, in a country where there were once nearly 170,000 troops on 505 bases. It ends a war that left tens of thousands of Iraqis and nearly 4,500 American soldiers dead, many more wounded, and 1.75 million Iraqis displaced, after the US-led invasion unleashed brutal sectarian killing. "(It's) a good feeling ... knowing this is gonna be the last mission out of here," said Private First Class Martin Lamb, part of the final "tactical road m...

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