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Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home

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    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press Writer Rebecca Santana, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 18 mins ago
    KHABARI CROSSING, Kuwait – A line of heavily armored American military vehicles, their headlights twinkling in the pre-dawn desert, lumbered past the barbed wire and metal gates marking the border between Iraq and Kuwait early Thursday and rolled into history.
    For the troops of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, it was a moment of relief fraught with symbolism but lightened by the whoops and cheers of soldiers one step closer to going home. Seven years and five months after the U.S.-led invasion, the last American combat brigade was leaving Iraq, well ahead of President Barack Obama's Aug. 31 deadline for ending U.S. combat operations there.
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    EDITOR'S NOTE: The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division was officially designated the last combat brigade to leave Iraq under Obama's plan to end combat operations in Iraq by Aug. 31. Associated Press writer Rebecca Santana joined the troops on their final journey out of the country.
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    When 18-year-old Spc. Luke Dill first rolled into Iraq as part of the U.S. invasion, his Humvee was so vulnerable to bombs that the troops lined its floor with flak jackets.
    Now 25 and a staff sergeant after two tours of duty, he rode out of Iraq this week in a Stryker, an eight-wheeled behemoth encrusted with armor and add-ons to ward off grenades and other projectiles.
    "It's something I'm going to be proud of for the rest of my life — the fact that I came in on the initial push and now I'm leaving with the last of the combat units," he said.
    He remembered three straight days of mortar attacks outside the city of Najaf in 2003, so noisy that after the firing ended, the silence kept him awake at night. He recalled the night skies over the northern city of Mosul being lit up by tracer bullets from almost every direction.
    Now, waiting for him back in Olympia, Wash., is the Harley-Davidson he purchased from one of the motorcycle company's dealerships at U.S. bases in Iraq — a vivid illustration of how embedded the American presence has become since the invasion of March 20, 2003.
    That presence is far from over. Scatterings of troops still await departure, and some 50,000 will stay another year in what is designated as a noncombat role. They will carry weapons to defend themselves and accompany Iraqi troops on missions (but only if asked). Special forces will continue to help Iraqis hunt for terrorists.
    So the U.S. death toll — at least 4,415 by Pentagon count as of Wednesday — may not yet be final.
    The Stryker brigade, based in Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state and named for the vehicle that delivers troops into and out of battle, has lost 34 troops in Iraq. It was at the forefront of many of the fiercest battles, including operations in eastern Baghdad and Diyala province, an epicenter of the insurgency, during "the surge" of 2007. It evacuated troops at the battle of Tarmiyah, an outpost where 28 out of 34 soldiers were wounded holding off insurgents.
    The U.S. military kept a tight lid on security, restricting the media embedded with the U.S. troops from reporting on the brigade's movements until they were almost to the border.
    The brigade's leadership volunteered to have half of its 4,000 soldiers depart overland instead of taking the traditional flight out, a decision that allowed the unit to keep 360 Strykers in the country for an extra three weeks. The remainder of the brigade flew out with the last of the troops slated to leave later Thursday.
    U.S. commanders say it was the brigade's idea to drive out, not an order from on high. The intent was to keep additional firepower handy through the "period of angst" that followed Iraq's inconclusive March 7 election, said brigade chief, Col. John Norris.
    It took months of preparation to move the troops and armor across more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) of desert highway through potentially hostile territory.
    The Strykers left the Baghdad area in separate convoys over a four-day period, traveling at night because the U.S.-Iraq security pact — and security worries — limit troop movements by day.
    Along the way, phalanxes of American military Humvees sat at overpasses, soldiers patrolled the highways for roadside bombs, and Apache attack helicopters circled overhead as the Strykers refueled alongside the highway.
    Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gus McKinney, a brigade intelligence officer, acknowledged that moving the convoys overland put soldiers at risk, but said the danger was less than in past.
    The biggest threat was roadside bombs planted by Shiite extremist groups who have a strong foothold in the south, McKinney said.
    But except for camels straying into the road, and breakdowns that required some vehicles to be towed, there were no incidents. The last of the Strykers rolled across the border just before 4 a.m. Thursday into Kuwait, honking their horns and waving to the small crowd gathered at the crossing.
    The brigade's leadership was on hand to greet the troops after they crossed the border and pulled into a parking lot where they shed their sweaty armor and stumbled out of their Strykers.
    "This is powerful. This is exciting for me. As a commander, this means that all of my soldiers are safely inside of Kuwait and getting ready to redeploy back to their families," Norris told The Associated Press.
    The worst of the ride was conditions inside the Strykers — sitting for hours in a cramped space — and the temperatures outside that reached 50 Celsius (120 Fahrenheit).
    The driver's compartment is called the "hellhole" because it sits over the engine and becomes almost unbearably hot. The vehicle commander and gunner can sit up in hatches to see the outside world. At the tail end are hatches for two gunners. Eight passengers — an infantry squad in combat conditions — can squeeze in the back.
    Riding as a passenger felt a bit like being in a World War II-era submarine — a tight fit and no windows. The air conditioning was switched off to save fuel on the long ride south to Kuwait. Men dozed or listened to music on earphones.
    Once out of Iraq, there was still work to be done. Vehicles had to be stripped of ammunition and spare tires, and eventually washed and packed for shipment home.
    Meanwhile, to the north, insurgents kept up a relentless campaign against the country's institutions and security forces, killing five Iraqi government employees in roadside bombings and other attacks Wednesday. Coming a day after a suicide bomber killed 61 army recruits in central Baghdad, the latest violence highlighted the shaky reality left by the departing U.S. combat force and five months of stalemate over forming Iraq's next government.
    For Dill, who reached Kuwait with an earlier convoy, the withdrawal engendered feelings of relief. His mission — to get his squad safely out of Iraq — was accomplished.
    Standing alongside a hulking Stryker, his shirt stained with sweat, he acknowledged the men who weren't there to experience the day with him.
    "I know that to my brothers in arms who fought and died, this day would probably mean a lot, to finally see us getting out of here," he said.


    Source: Goodbye Iraq: Last US combat brigade heads home - Yahoo! News


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  2. MziziMkavu

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    Walichofanikiwa wa Marekani ni kumuuwa Saddam Hussein na kuupinduwa Utawala wake Saddam Hussein,wameshindwa kuituliza IRAQ mpaka sasa Wananchi wa IRAQ wanahangaika sana Mwenyeezi Mungu awasaidie Wananchi wa IRAQ na Mungu Awape subira Ameen. Wamarekani walichofanya IRAQ kama walivyofanywa huko Vietnam 1967, kwa ufupi Wamarekani wameshindwa Vita huko IRAQ.

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    Baada ya miaka zaidi ya saba ya vita hatimae Marekani imeng'amu kuwa hawawezi kushinda vita iliyoianzisha na hivyo kukimbia.
    Pamoja na hivyo haijali kwa kuuwa maelfu ya waislamu huko Iraq na kuwatia ulemavu watu pamoja na kuwaharibia mfumo wa maisha yao

    Hawakupata silaha za maangamizi na wala hawakuweza kuleta demokrasia ndio maana wakati wanaondoka vibaraka wake Iyyad Alawi na Nour Al Malik bado hawana dalili ya kukubali matokeo.
    Wakati wanaondoka hali wanayoiwacha ni damu kila pahala
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  4. The Dreamer

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    You are right as they never successfully captured Sadam Hussein in a spider's hole, hanged him publicly and destabilized Iraq. Also ensured permanent supply of spareparts for industrial use (Mainly weapons) and on ground mantained presence of over 50,000 troops. I insist you are right because that pleases your heart.
     
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    mhhh, haya!
     
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    By the way, do you know what were the objectives of incursion?

    1) Destabilize the middle East
    2) Ensure full control of Middle East
    3) Secure Israel (not USA) from Nuclear Attack....how long may it take now for Iraq to have nuclear reactors leave alone nuclear warheads?
    4) Secure Kuwait...for USA military base
    5) In long term, entry point if Iran has to be attacked
    6) Have a say in Iraqi's affairs
    7) Show superiority...eg overthrow another country's leader... a warning to Tehran

    Side effects
    Unnecessary deaths of innocent civilians (>100000 Iraqis and <5000 US troops)

    Now you may score if USA achieved anything! Eg If Israel feel under threat from Iraq as used to be the case! These are own indicators of victory based on my knowledge about US policies
     
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    Dick JF-Expert Member

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    The Dreamer sina nyongeza, uko sahihi!
     
  8. MwanaFalsafa1

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    I don't get it. Walivyo kuwepo watu mlikuwa mnalia waondoke sasa wameamua kuondoka wana kimbia? Mbona swala la kuondoka Irak haraka ilikua moja ya ahadi za uchaguzi za Obama? Au ni ile mentality ya mwanamke ukimpiga ume muonea na ukimuacha ume muogopa?
     
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    Lunanilo JF-Expert Member

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    I feel for them, most of them will suffer from PTSD and alcoholism, they will also face unemployment once they are discharged. I am happy the war is over though, at least their lives will be spared from gun fights and other explosives.
     
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    Victory in Iraq! (Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, . . .)


    In a good example of D.C.-style math, King Obama has announced that he is pulling all combat troops out of Iraq, but 50,000 will remain there. Of course, all troops are trained for combat; calling them “non-combat support personnel” is simply B.S. King Obama wants to campaign for Democrats in the fall by lying about ending combat in Iraq.

    Mor absurdly, the Faux News Channel interviewed an army officer this morning by first congratulating him and his fellow soldiers for “making Iraq a safe and secure place.” Before he said this, the network announced that they could not reveal the location of the interviewer “for security reasons.” The interview took place at a location where they were completely surroundedd by ten foot high piles of sandbags. This is how D.C. spells “secure.”


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    Sioni unachoshangilia mkuu! Ushindi upi?
     
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    One word, Absurd!
     
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