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Leaving Iraq

Dec 27, 2011 — During the Iraq War, the U.S. military employed tens of thousands of Iraqis, many of whom were branded traitors. Now, the U.S. troops are gone. But some of those Iraqis have been left behind — in danger and desperately awaiting American visas so they and their families can leave.
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Dec 18, 2011 — Paul Bremer headed the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and was seen as one of the chief architects of how much of the war played out. Today, he stands by his decisions but believes the U.S. pullout of troops in premature.
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Dec 18, 2011 — There were a lot of lasts at Contingency Operating Base Adder in southern Iraq as U.S. troops prepared to leave: the last briefing, the last patrol, the last hot meal. The base was the main staging ground for all troops exiting the country, and it was the last U.S. base to close.
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Dec 17, 2011 — Homemade bombs became the weapon of choice for the insurgency in Iraq. The U.S. has officially declared the end of the war, but one lasting legacy will be how the improvised explosive device, or IED, changed the way the military thinks about warfare.
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Dec 17, 2011 — The American military contingent in Iraq is being replaced by a huge diplomatic contingent. All together, some 16,000 diplomats and private contractors will be working at the embassy in Baghdad and at consulates in Iraq, making it the largest such operation in any country.
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Dec 17, 2011 — As American troops pull out of Iraq, one of the most striking consequences of the war remains unresolved: the issue of people who were forced out of their homes and still can't go back.
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Dec 16, 2011 — When 30,000 additional U.S. troops entered Iraq in 2007, the tide of the war turned. The surge was widely credited — but was it the only cause, or even the main one? Some argue that Iraq's Sunnis had already decided to work with the U.S. rather than fight against it, and that this changed the course of the war.
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Dec 15, 2011 — Nearly nine years after U.S. forces stormed into Iraq, American involvement in the war ends with a flag-lowering ceremony attended by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Only a few thousand U.S. troops remain, and they are to leave within days.
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Dec 15, 2011 — In a low-key ceremony at the Baghdad airport, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others marked the occasion. After nearly nine years of war and the deaths of 4,500 U.S. military personnel, almost all troops have left the country.
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Dec 14, 2011 — As U.S. troops depart Iraq, many observers assume the country will fall into lockstep with its powerful Shiite neighbor to the east, Iran. But, at least in the short term, other countries in the region are expected to keep Iran in check, and Turkey is already playing a significant economic role.
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