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Last U.S. Combat Brigade Leaving Iraq
For the troops of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, it was a moment of relief fraught with symbolism. Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq on Wednesday ahead of President Obama's Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.

Last Combat Brigade Leaving Iraq

August 19, 2010: U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Thompson, left, and Lt. Col. Nate Flegler, right, wave to one of the last Stryker armored vehicles to leave Iraq as it crosses the border into Kuwait at the Khabari border crossing. The U.S. Army's 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.

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August 19, 2010: U.S. Army Spc. Luisito Brooks gives a thumbs-up to the last Stryker armored vehicle of the 4th Brigade to leave Iraq, as it crosses the border into Kuwait at the Khabari border crossing. The U.S. Army's 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.

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August 19, 2010: U.S. Army Col. John Norris, commander of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, waits for the last Stryker armored vehicle carrying his soldiers to arrive after crossing into Kuwait from Iraq. The U.S. Army's 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.

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August 19, 2010: The last in a convoy of U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicles leave Iraq at the Khabari border crossing into Kuwait. The U.S. Army's 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.

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Aug. 18, 2010: A U.S. Army soldier from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division waves from his Stryker armored vehicle after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait.

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Aug. 16, 2010: U.S. Army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment count ammunition before turning it in after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. The soldiers from 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.

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Aug. 16, 2020: U.S. Army Sgt. Nathaniel Hatcher relaxes inside a Stryker armored vehicle after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. Sgt. Hatcher, from San Diego, Calif., and his comrades from 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.

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Aug 16. 2010: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jackie Vanover, from Spanaway, Wash. holds a hand-made message for his family, including his two-month-old daughter, Austin, after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait.

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Aug. 16, 2010: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Luke Dill, from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division are seen in the motor pool at Camp Virginia in Kuwait as they strip their armored Stryker vehicles before shipping them to the U.S. Staff Sgt. Dill first came to Iraq during the 2003 invasion.

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Aug. 15, 2010: A U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicle from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division rolls through southern Iraq en route to Kuwait.

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Aug. 18, 2010: A column of U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicles cross the border from Iraq into Kuwait.

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Aug. 15, 2010: U.S. Army soldiers from C Co., 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division gather for inspection of their night-vision and equipment before driving from Iraq to Kuwait.

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Aug. 15, 2010: A column of U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicles from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division roll through southern Iraq en route to Kuwait.

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Aug. 18, 2010: U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division race toward the border from Iraq into Kuwait. The soldiers are part of the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.

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Aug. 16, 2010: U.S. Army soldiers celebrate 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.

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Aug. 16: U.S. Army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment pose with an American flag for a photograph after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait.

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Aug. 16, 2010: U.S. Army Lt. Col. Darron Wright, deputy commander, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, smokes a cigar after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait, more than seven years after he drove into Iraq during the US invasion. Lt. Col Wright, from Mesquite, Texas, is the deputy commander of the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.

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Aug. 18, 2010: A U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicle crosses the border from Iraq into Kuwait.

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Aug. 18, 2010: A U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicle crosses the border from Iraq into Kuwait.

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Aug. 16, 2010: U.S. Army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment count ammunition before turning it in after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait.

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Aug. 17, 2010: A U.S Army soldier dismantles a machine gun mounted on his Stryker armored vehicle immediately after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait.

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Aug. 14, 2010: U.S. Army soldiers from C Co., 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division gather for a formation before driving from Iraq to Kuwait. The soldiers are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.

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Last U.S. Combat Brigade Leaving Iraq

For the troops of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, it was a moment of relief fraught with symbolism. Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq on Wednesday ahead of President Obama's Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.

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