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Last US combat brigade exits Iraq

August 19, 2010
"Best part of getting back to Kuwait? One, I know no one else will get hurt, and two, I'm going home,"
- Timothy Berrenar, soldier

The last US combat brigade in Iraq has left the country, seven years after the US-led invasion.

The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, began crossing by land into Kuwait in the early hours of Thursday, a military spokesman said.

Some 50,000 US troops will remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests.

A further 6,000 support troops will be in Iraq until the end of the month, when US combat operations will end.

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