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IMAGES: US readies to leave behind war footprints in Iraq

Last updated on: November 9, 2011 16:04 IST

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United States President Barack Obama announced last month that American troops would fully withdraw from Iraq by the year end, as scheduled by a security pact signed between the two countries in 2008.

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Image: US soldiers tour a building within Victory Base Compound in Baghdad on November 7. The US military is vacating Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces at its war headquarters in Baghdad and will turn the property over to Iraq next month, but Saddam's prison toilet is leaving with the Americans.
Photographs: Saad Shalash/Reuters
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The US military is vacating former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces at its war headquarters in Baghdad and will turn the property over to Iraq next month.


Image: US soldiers register military armoured vehicles that have ended their mission in Iraq, at Victory Base Compound in Baghdad. Surrounded by 42 km of blast walls and razor wire, Victory, the largest of the 505 bases the US military once operated in Iraq, housed over 40,000 soldiers and up to 25,000 workers.
Photographs: Saad Shalash/Reuters
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The war in Iraq began on March 2003 with the US invasion of Iraq under former president George W Bush on the pretext of a possibility that the Arab country was employing weapons of mass destruction which threatened their security and that of American allies. However, no concrete evidence has been found yet to endorse US claims over Iraq's WMDs.


Image: A US soldier takes a photograph of Arabic words
Photographs: Saad Shalash/Reuters
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Reports suggest that till day approximately 178,000 people have lost their lives in the Iraq War.



Image: US soldiers tour at Victory Base Compound before it is handed over to the Iraqi government in Baghdad
Photographs: Saad Shalash/Reuters
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Some US officials also accused Iraqi President Saddam Hussein of harbouring and supporting Al Qaeda, but no evidence of a meaningful connection was ever found.


Image: US soldiers tour at Al-Faw palace within Victory Base Compound before it is handed over to the Iraqi government in Baghdad
Photographs: Saad Shalash/Reuters
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Other reasons for the invasion given by the governments of the attacking countries included Iraq's financial support for the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, Iraqi government human rights abuse, and an effort to spread democracy to the country.


Image: A US soldier carries boxes to be shipped out of Iraq during preparations ahead of a pull-out at Base Kalsu, south of Baghdad
Photographs: Saad Shalash/Reuters
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The invasion of Iraq led to an occupation and the eventual capture of President Saddam, who was later tried in an Iraqi court of law and executed by the new Iraqi government.


Image: A US soldier checks weapons that would be shipped, as troops prepare to pull out of a military base in Nassiriya, about 300 km southeast of Baghdad
Photographs: Atef Hassan/Reuters
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Violence against coalition forces and among various sectarian groups soon led to the Iraqi insurgency, strife between many Sunni and Shia Iraqi groups, and the emergence of a new faction of Al Qaeda in that country.


Image: A member of the US Air Force rests in a hall, before flying to the US, at al-Asad air base in Iraq's western province of Anbar
Photographs: Mohammed Ameen/Reuters
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In late February 2009, President Barack Obama announced an 18-month withdrawal window for combat forces, with approximately 50,000 troops remaining in the country "to advise and train Iraqi security forces and to provide intelligence and surveillance."



Image: A member of the US Air Force waves while boarding a plane before flying to the US, at al-Asad air base in Iraq's western province of Anbar
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However on October 21, 2011, Obama announced that all US troops and trainers would leave Iraq by the end of the year, bringing the U.S. mission in Iraq to an end.


Image: A US soldier walks past a cake at Camp Liberty in Baghdad
Photographs: Mohammed Ameen/Reuters
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