United States war in Iraq is officially over

December 15, 2011

Government/Politics, International

U.S. military marks end to nearly nine bloody years in Iraq

Video: Flag-lowering

By Missy Ryan and Patrick Markey
Reuters 

The U.S. military officially ended its war in Iraq on Thursday, rolling up its flag at a low-key ceremony with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta nearly nine bloody years after the invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.

U.S. soldiers rolled up the flag of American forces in Iraq and slipped it into a camouflage-colored sleeve in a brief, symbolically ending the most unpopular U.S. military venture since the Vietnam War of the 1960s and 70s.

The remaining 4,000 American troops will withdraw by the end of the year, leaving behind a country still tackling a weakened but stubborn Islamist insurgency, sectarian tensions and political uncertainty.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/15/us-iraq-withdrawal-idUSTRE7BE0OM20111215?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=71

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