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** FILE ** In this Aug. 16, 2010, photo, U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment pose with an American flag for a photograph after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. The soldiers are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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In this Aug. 16, 2010 photo, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jackie Vanover, from Spanaway, Wash. holds a hand-made message for his family, including his two-month-old daughter, Austin, after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. Staff Sgt. Vanover, of 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, is in the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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**FILE** U.S. Army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment count ammunition Aug. 16, 2010, before turning it in after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. (Associated Press/Maya Alleruzzo)

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In this Aug. 16, 2010 photo, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Luke Dill, from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division are seen in the motor pool at Camp Virginia in Kuwait as they strip their armored Stryker vehicles before shipping them to the U.S.. Staff Sgt. Dill, who first came to Iraq during the 2003 invasion, is part of the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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U.S. Army Col. John Norris, commander of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, waits for the last Stryker armored vehicle carrying his soldiers to arrive after crossing into Kuwait from Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. The U.S. Army's 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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In this Aug. 15, 2010 photo, U.S. Army soldiers from C Co., 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division gather for inspection of their night-vision and equipment before driving from Iraq to Kuwait. The soldiers are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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The last in a convoy of U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicles leave Iraq at the Khabari border crossing into Kuwait, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. The U.S. Army's 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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A U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicle crosses the border from Iraq into Kuwait Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. The U.S. Army's 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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This Aug. 17, 2010 photo taken at sunrise shows members of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division led by Col. John Noris cross the Iraq desert a few miles from the Kuwait border. The 1,800 soldiers in 360 vehicles traveled 369 miles to leave Iraq. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Carolyn Cole)

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U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division race toward the border from Iraq into Kuwait Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. The soldiers are part of the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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A U.S. Army soldier from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division waves from his Stryker armored vehicle after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. The soldiers are part of the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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A column of U.S. Army Stryker armored vehicles cross the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. The U.S. Army's 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, is the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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U.S. Army soldiers from C Co., 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division gather Saturday for a formation before driving from Iraq to Kuwait. The soldiers are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (Associated Press)

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In this Aug. 16, 2010 photo, a U.S Army soldier dismantles a machine gun mounted on his Stryker armored vehicle immediately after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. The U.S. Army's 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces. (AP Photo/ Maya Alleruzzo)

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In this image from mobile phone video people look on the scene where at least 61 people were killed and 125 wounded in Iraq on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, when a suicide bomber blew himself up among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters in the capital, Baghdad. (AP Photo)

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In this image from mobile phone video people look on the scene where at least 61 people were killed and 125 wounded in Iraq on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, when a suicide bomber blew himself up among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters in the capital, Baghdad. (AP Photo)

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Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a suicide attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. A suicide bomber blew himself up among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters killing and wounding dozens of them, one of the bloodiest bombings in months in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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A victim of a suicide attack waits for a doctor on the floor of the emergency room of a hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters in central Baghdad killing and wounding dozens of them. (AP Photo)

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Iraqi recruits gather near the military headquarters where a suicide attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. A suicide bomber blew himself up among hundreds of army recruits who had gathered near a military headquarters killing and wounding dozens of them, one of the bloodiest bombings in months in the Iraqi capital. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

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Family members of Saif Ali, 24, grieve during his funeral in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. Ali was killed when a suicide bomber sat for hours Tuesday among hundreds of army recruits before detonating nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing and wounding dozens of them and casting new doubt on the ability of Iraqi forces as U.S. troops head home. (AP Photo)

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