Last US Troops Leave Iraq

World | December 18, 2011, Sunday // 10:51

The last American soldiers have left Iraq early Sunday morning, after the 9-year US intervention in the country was officially ended with a ceremony Thursday.

The last unit of 110 vehicles transporting around 500 US troops has crossed into Kuwait from Iraq Sunday.

The US army in Iraq, once numbering as many as 170,000, has been reduced to a strategic contingent of just 157 service men

During its stay in Iraq, which started in 2003, the American army has built or adapted 505 military bases in the country.

Thursday American President Barack Obama described the operation that deposed long-time Iraq ruler Saddam Hussein as a "success", and said that all sacrifices made were justified by the fact that now Iraq is "sovereign, stable and self-reliant."

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