Last U.S. Troops Leave Iraq as War Ends

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

UPDATE: Last US troops leave Iraq as war ends

KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait (AP) - There were some whoops and hugs but otherwise, the departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq was low-key.

They rolled out across the border into neighboring Kuwait at
daybreak.

The U.S. military says the last American troops are now out of
Iraq. The nearly 9-year war cost some 4,500 American and 100,000
Iraqi lives and $800 billion.

One officer crossing the border today says his "heart goes out
to the Iraqis" amid lingering linger about the country's security
and its future as a U.S. ally.

Along the road, a small group of Iraqi soldiers waved to the
departing American troops.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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Fort Hood welcomes home more troops from Iraq

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Nearly 300 soldiers have arrived at Fort
Hood, among the last U.S. combat troops returning from Iraq.

The troops hugged and kissed overjoyed relatives who'd waited on
the Texas Army post for their 3 a.m. arrival Sunday. The soldiers
from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division said they were glad to
be home with loved ones before Christmas - and relieved to be out
of Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Elama Palemene hugged his wife and two young
daughters after returning from his fourth deployment.

He said he's happy that the last U.S. combat troops rolled out
of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak
Sunday. Their convoy's exit marked the end of the Iraq war.

Palemene said he hopes the country remembers that troops are
still fighting in Afghanistan.]

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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