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US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home

US forces are due to leave Iraq by the end of this year, after a eight-year stint in the country

US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
A US army specialist carries his gear to a staging area as the troops wait for the orders to convoy to Kuwait (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
The US military is preparing to head home from Camp Adder and hand the base back to the Iraqi government later this month (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the US controls as America's military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
The US pulls out after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
Nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein, the US mission in Iraq is fast winding down with only 13,000 troops left in the country (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
Hundreds of convoys of military vehicles and civilian trucks have gone south into Kuwait (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
US president Barack Obama last month said troops would leave as scheduled, effectively ending the large-scale US military presence on Iraqi soil (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
Violence in Iraq has dropped sharply since the sectarian conflict in 2006-2007, when suicide bombers claimed hundreds of victims each day and inter-communal killing ravaged Baghdad and other cities (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
Nearly 4,500 US troops died in eight and a half years and at least 60,000 Iraqis were killed in the violence (Getty Images)
US army bases handed back to Iraq as troops head home
Civilian trainers will remain in Iraq to help teach Iraqi forces how to use the new US-made hardware they have purchased (Getty Images)