Nearly nine years on, U.S. withdraws from Iraq

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 7:25 AM
Nearly nine years on, U.S. withdraws from Iraq

K-CROSSING, Kuwait (Reuters) - The last convoy of U.S. soldiers pulled out of Iraq Sunday, crossing into Kuwait and ending the American withdrawal nearly nine years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, a U.S. military official said.

The withdrawal ends a conflict and military intervention that opened with missiles striking Baghdad and closes with Iraq a fragile democracy still facing insurgents, sectarian tensions and a struggle to define its place in the Arab region.

(Reporting by Joseph Logan; writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Tim Pearce)