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  • A column of U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicles cross the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. The U.S. Army's 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

    Last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq

    A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Thompson (left) and Lt. Col. Nate Flegler wave to one of the last Stryker armored vehicles to leave Iraq.

    Last combat troops leave Iraq

    A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.

  • In this Aug. 16, 2010 photo, a U.S Army soldier dismantles a machine gun mounted on his Stryker armored vehicle immediately after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. The U.S. Army's 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

    Last combat convoy leaving Iraq

    As their convoy reached the barbed wire at the border crossing out of Iraq on Wednesday, the soldiers whooped and cheered. Then they scrambled out of their stifling hot armored vehicles, unfurled an American flag and posed for group photos.

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