Leaving Iraq

Friday, August 20, 2010 - 7:10am

Combat operations are over in Iraq, but more than 50,000 soldiers remain.

They're out of harm's way and heading to the arms of their loved ones.

The last American combat brigade left Iraq overnight.

440 soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division, riding their armored Strykers, saluted as they crossed into Kuwait.

It's been seven years since U.S. forces overthrew Saddam Hussein in April 2003.

They found no weapons of mass destruction, but did meet fierce resistance.

At least 4,415 American service members have died in Iraq.

Many more Iraqis were killed.

Iraq today is more stable.

The final U.S. combat convoy ran safely down roads that used to be deathtraps.

Still, 50,000 U.S. troops remain as advisors.

They know they're targets.

"There is no front line in Iraq," explains NBC Military Analyst Col. Jack Jacobs. "Everyone is at danger in Iraq."

The Baghdad government is in chaos

Suicide attacks continue, and despite all the happy homecomings,
the U.S. combat mission does not officially end until August 31st.

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