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US troops return from Iraq

08-20-2010 13:40 BJT Special Report:The future of Iraq post-US withdrawal |

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Members of the US Army's 4th Stryker brigade have arrived home in Fort Lewis, Washington state, after a one-year deployment in Iraq.

150 soldiers were welcomed back by their families and friends. More than 35-hundred soldiers with the brigade are arriving in the next few weeks.

This marks the end of US combat operations in Iraq, seven years and five months after the operations started.

The last members of the brigade crossed the Iraq-Kuwaiti border on Thursday. Some 50-thousand will stay another year in what is designated as a noncombat role.

Captain Folauga Tupuola, US Army Chaplain, said, "It's just overwhelming, there aren't enough words to express how much I am just thrilled to be back home and reunited with my family. I'm happy for my soldiers, they're home with their families and this is what we were waiting for."


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