This camp, a flat, forsaken military base in a scorching desert on the outskirts of Anbar's capital, once among the most dangerous places in Iraq, has shrunk to less than a quarter of its original size.
More than half of the makeshift barracks in flimsy trailers now stand empty behind the thick cement T- walls that protect against explosives. Vehicles, too, are hard to come by. Many of them, along with transport helicopters, translators and high-end communications equipment, have been shipped to Afghanistan, President Obama's "essential" war.
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