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October 2, 2020

Mission over: Last U.S. troops leave Iraq

BAGHDAD – American convoy made its way down the main highway that connects Iraq and Kuwait, CNN informs.
The military called it its final “tactical road march.” A series of 110 heavily armored, hulking trucks and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles carrying about 500 soldiers streamed slowly but steadily out of the combat zone.

A few minutes before 8 a.m., the metal gate behind the last MRAP closed. With it came to an end a deadly and divisive war that lasted almost nine years, its enormous cost calculated in blood and billions.

Some rushed to touch the gate, forever a symbol now of an emotional, landmark day. Some cheered with the Army’s ultimate expression of affirmation: “Hooah!”

Sunday saw the end of the largest troop drawdown for the United States since Vietnam.

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