Aug 18, 2010

Last U.S. combat brigade leaves Iraq

07:07 PM
By Maya Alleruzzo, AP

The last American combat brigade has left Iraq, seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the Associated Press reports.

The AP was with the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, as it crossed into Kuwait today. Here's some of the description:

As their convoy reached the barbed wire at the border crossing out of Iraq on Wednesday, the soldiers whooped and cheered. Then they scrambled out of their stifling hot armored vehicles, unfurled an American flag and posed for group photos.

President Obama had set an Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations in Iraq. Thousands of troops remain to train Iraqi forces. ... ves-iraq/1