Last US military convoy leaves Iraq, crosses into Kuwait

Pullout ends nearly nine-year conflict that opened with US missiles striking Baghdad in 2003
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The final section of the last American military convoy to depart Iraq from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division crosses over the border into Kuwait (Getty Images)
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Around 500 troops from the 3rd Brigade ended their presence on Camp Adder, the last remaining American base, and departed in the final American military convoy out of Iraq (AFP/Getty Images)
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All US troops were scheduled to have departed Iraq by Dec 31 (Getty Images)
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At least 4,485 US military personnel died in service in Iraq (Getty Images)
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According to the Iraq Body Count, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died from war-related violence (Getty Images)
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A Kuwaiti army soldier looks at US soldiers crossing the border between Iraq and Kuwait (K-crossing) (AFP/Getty Images)
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The war launched in March 2003 with missiles striking Baghdad to remove president Saddam Hussein closes with a fragile democracy still facing insurgents, sectarian tensions and the challenge of defining its place in an Arab region in turmoil (Getty Images)
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Honking their horns, the last batch of around 25 American military trucks and tractor trailers carrying Bradley fighting vehicles crossed the border early Sunday morning (AFP/Getty Images)
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The last vehicle of the last US military convoy carrying troops from Iraq marking the end of the presence of US army in Iraq, crosses the border between Iraq and Kuwait (K-crossing) on Dec 18, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
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For US president Barack Obama, the military pullout is the fulfillment of an election promise to bring troops home from a conflict inherited from his predecessor (AFP/Getty Images)