Last US combat brigade exits Iraq
"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.