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"That's it, the war is over.": Last US soldiers leave Iraq

The last American troops crossed the border from Iraq into Kuwait early Sunday, ending the U.S. military presence there after nearly nine years.

NBC News’ Richard Engel tweeted from the border: "The gate to #iraq is closed. Soldier just told me, ‘that’s it, the war is over.’"

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A soldier of Le Clerc’s Free French troops dashes to aid French resistance fighter taking aim at German sniper attacking the public crowd.

A soldier of Le Clerc’s Free French troops dashes to aid French resistance fighter taking aim at German sniper attacking the public crowd.

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A soldier stands protectively over a frightened French family during a German sniper attack. The sniper attacked while French General Charles DeGaulle was taking a tour of  city following its liberation by Allies  after uprising of the French Forces of the Interior (F.F.I.) 25 August 1944

A soldier stands protectively over a frightened French family during a German sniper attack. The sniper attacked while French General Charles DeGaulle was taking a tour of city following its liberation by Allies after uprising of the French Forces of the Interior (F.F.I.) 25 August 1944

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Slate: Amazing photographs from the Battle of the Bulge

From Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan. 25, 1945, American, British, Canadian, Belgian, and French forces fought to stop the final major German offensive of World War II: The Battle of the Bulge was launched in the heavily forested Ardennes Mountains of Belgium. While Allied forces ultimately triumphed, the bitter victory left tens of thousands dead on both sides. Here, in a series of rare photos from LIFE.com, is a look back at the pivotal, brutal, seven-week struggle known as the Battle of the Bulge.

/ December 16, 2011, 8:04pm / 31

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