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Aug 19, 2010 8:15 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

Staff Sergeant Luke Dill was an 18-year-old specialist, when he rolled into Iraq as part of the U.S. invasion. Now, after two tours of duty, he's 25 and says he's proud to be leaving the country with the last of the U.S. combat units.

Troops of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division began rolling across the border into Kuwait before dawn this morning with whoops and cheers. They are officially designated the last combat brigade to leave Iraq.

However, the U.S. presence in Iraq is far from over. Scatterings of troops still await departure, and some 50,000 will stay another year in a noncombat role. They will carry weapons to defend themselves and accompany Iraqi troops on missions if asked. And special forces will continue to help Iraqis hunt for terrorists.

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