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Photos: Last U.S. troops leave Iraq

Updated 0740 GMT (1540 HKT) December 18, 2011
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Boot footprints are seen in front of U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in the nearly deserted Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, on December 16. Getty Images
Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division bow their heads in prayer during a casing of the colors ceremony while preparing to depart from Iraq at Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Getty Images
Soldiers rejoice in the convoy staging area before departing Camp Adder. Getty Images
Soldiers (left to right) Peter Nemmers, Morgan Bright and Matthew Hildebrandt from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division laugh while preparing to depart from Iraq at Camp Adder. Getty Images
Specialist Shunterika Lewis from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division laughs while preparing to depart in the last convoy from Iraq at Camp Adder. Getty Images
Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division toss out trash while preparing to depart in the last convoy from Iraq. Getty Images
U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles drive through Camp Adder before departing what is now known as Imam Ali Base on December 16. Getty Images
Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division board a C-17 transport plane to depart from Iraq at Camp Adder, now known as Imam Ali Base, on December 17 near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Getty Images
One of the first U.S. Humvees cross the Iraq-Kuwait border on December 18 to signify the "tactical road march" out of the combat zone. CNN
A U.S. soldier gives a thumbs up from the roof of his brigade's Humvee while crossing the Iraq-Kuwait border. CNN
U.S. and Iraqi troops line up as the final U.S. Army convoy crosses the border from Iraq into Kuwait. CNN
A U.S. cargo trailer crosses the Iraq-Kuwait border for the final time. CNN
U.S. and Iraqi commanders shake hands to mark the end of the United States' presence in the Iraq combat zone. CNN