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U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Cavalry Division, based
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U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas, load their baggage as they begin their journey home after a deployment in Iraq, at Camp Virginia in Kuwait. (Dec. 15, 2011)(Credit: AP)

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U.S. War in Iraq officially ends

After nearly nine years, 4,500 American lives lost and 100,000 Iraqis killed, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq on Dec. 15, 2011.