In a press briefing earlier today, President Barrack Obama stated that "troops in Iraq will be home for the holidays". After nearly nine years, US troops will finally say goodbye to Iraq. Over 4,000 US troops have been killed and another 2,000 injured since 2003.

"The last American soldier will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops,'' Obama said. "That is how America's military efforts in Iraq will end.''

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